Best Serger Machines – Reviews and Buying Guides

If you want to take your sewing projects to the next level, then purchasing a serger is definitely a must. Also called an overlock machine, a serger can make any piece of garment look clean and professional. The problem though is it can be quite overwhelming and intimidating to choose what serger to buy, with all the options available in the market today.

Having said that, I did the work for you by sharing my reviews of the most popular brands in the market. I personally owned or used some of these products so some of reviews are based on my own personal experience. For other sergers, I based my ratings by researching about the product and combining it with customer feedback.

MY TOP RECOMMENDATION FOR BEGINNERS

(and even professionals alike)

BROTHER 1034D SERGER
Brother 1034D is my top choice for the best serger because it is user-friendly for beginners yet versatile enough for professional sewers. I have used this machine for more than 3 years (I sew professionally) and it has never once failed me so I am speaking from my own experince. Loaded with tons of useful features and functions, not to mention the very reasonable price tag (less than $200), this overlock machine should be on the top lists for those who are looking to purchase one. Read my complete review here.

RUNNER-UPS

SINGER PRO FINISH THREAD SERGER
I was able to try this machine at our local dealer when I was on my first hunt for a beginner serger. The simplicity of it’s built is what first attracted me most because it looks easy to use. And true enough, this machine will eliminate the common belief that sergers are intimidating. You just have to sit down, thread it and you will find yourself serging in no time. Read my complete review here.
JUKI MO644D Portable Serger
This is one of Juki’s basic model but it’s not short of excellent features when it comes to delivering perfect finished edges and decorative stitches. If you are looking for a serger with more advanced features but does not add up too much on the price tag, then this is definitely a great option to look at. With advanced features such as automatic rolled hem and multi-functional presser foot,the JUKI MO644D Serger maybe called portable but it’s definitely sturdy and reliable. Read my complete review here.

BEST SERGER FOR PROFESSIONALS

(WITH COVERSTITCH)
SINGER 14T968DC Professional Overlock Machine –
The SINGER 14T968DC Professional Overlock Machine is my top choice for cover stitch serger mainly because of it’s excellent automatic features combined with it’s ease of use and affordability in price. Most sergers with cover stitch would rake up to $1,000 of dollars but there aren’t really a lot of differences when it comes to what these machines can offer. A self-adjusting tension that is fully automatic, variety in stitch capability and tons of decorative stitches, this Singer Cover Stitch Machine definitely is designed to make the professional sewer’s life simple and hassle-free. Read my complete review here.

Serger Brands/Models
Stitch
Options
Tension
Speed
Coverstitch
Price
 
Brother 1034D
3 thread
4 thread
narrow hem
rolled hem
ribbon lock


blind hem
pin tuck
flat lock
(have to
purchase additional
feet)
Manual 1300 stitches per minuteno$189.97
SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish

2 thread overlock
3 thread overlock
4 thread overlock

two-thread standard rolled hem
three-thread flatlock
four-thread stretch mock safety stitch
Manual1300 stitches per minuteno$189.99
JUKI MO644D Portable Serger

3 thread overlock
4 thread overlock
3 thread flatlock
3 thread narrow overlock
3 thread rolled hem
2 thread rolled hem
2 thread overcast

additional foot
blind stich
beading
Curved Pearl Foot
Elasticator
cording
piping
Manual1,500 stitches per minuteno$299.00
SINGER 14T968DC Professional

2 thread overlock
3 thread overlock
4 thread overlock
5 thread overlock

four-thread ultra-stretch mock safety stitch

three-thread ultra-stretch mock safety stitch

three-thread flatlock

two-thread wrapped edge overlock

two thread overedge


4 built-in rolled hems
Automatic1,300yes$429.99

UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT TYPES OF SERGER STITCHES

When shopping for a serger, you should also check what kind of stitches so you can best decide on which one best suits your need. Sergers or overlock machines are mainly use for finishing raw edges but it can also offer so much more which can make your sewing projects even more professional. Here are the different type of serger stitches and where they are best used for.

3-Thread Overlock
It’s a basic serger stitch that is formed using two loopers and one needle. Oftentimes, it’s used to clear out seam allowances that have been sewn using a straight stitch. But it’s not utilized to sew two pieces of fabric together as it’s not strong enough to hold the two.

3 thread overlock stitch

4-thread overlock
It looks the same way as the 3-thread overlock stitch but this one is made of two looper threads, instead of just one. Because it’s stronger than the 3-thread, it’s a more appropriate stitch for sewing two lightweight fabric together. Since it’s flexible enough, it’s great for sewing stretch fabrics.

4 thread overlock stitch

Rolled hems
This type of stitch produces small-turned hem. This finish is used on delicate fabric life chiffon.

rolled hem overlock sitch

Photo illustration courtesy of Craftsy.

Coverstitch
Its back side forms a pattern that looks like a ladder. It uses two bobbins so the stitches are not joined from side to side. Oftentimes, it’s used to complete the hem of any pants, skirts and/or skirts.

Chainstitch
It’s a basic stitch that forms a line with interlocking loops, ergo, a chain-like pattern. Chainstitch is often used to outline and fill spaces. This is one of the most common stitches that can be adapted to different stitching techniques.

Safety stitch
It uses 2 needles in order to create stronger seam. This type of stitch is used to join seams of sportswear or work clothes.

Overedge
This type of stitch is a variation of flat-lock stitch. It’s especially useful in stitching lightweight fabric. The threads are locked at the edge of the fabric, rather than at the needle.

Flatlock
It’s a decorative stitch and it’s often used in active wear. It looks like it has two flat raw edges. These edges are sewn together but there’s no overlapping or seam allowance.

Overlock
It’s a type of stitch used for edging, seaming and hemming two pieces of cloth. The appearance of this stitch depends on several factors, like the length of the stitch, thread count, etc. Overlock is used to complete the seams of garments that are made from Lycra, spandex or jersey.

7 Responses to Best Serger Machines – Reviews and Buying Guides

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  • nATE says:

    rEGARDING THE 4-thread overlock. yOU SAY:

    “It looks the same way as the 3-thread overlock stitch but this one is made of two looper threads, instead of just one. ”

    BUT THIS SHOULD SAY “IS MADE OF TWO needle THREADS, INSTEAD OF JUST ONE.” OR “IS THE SAME AS A 3-THREAD OVERLOCK, BUT WITH AN ADDED SECOND NEEDLE THREAD.”

  • nATE says:

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