How to Serge Without a Serger, 2 easy ways!

Hello, Sara here. I still remember myself trying to figure out how to serge without a serger when I started sewing. I was just a beginner and didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a machine that I might not use it too often. Now I have a serger and can’t even imagine myself not using a serger with many projects that I work with.

There are several ways that you can hide raw edges. Among those ways to serge without a serger, I find myself being very comfortable with 2 methods. I am going to show you both methods. One is using a zigzag stitch and the other is using an overcast presser foot.

If I quickly explain how a serger works, it encloses the seam allowances and trims excess fabric. Alright, let’s check out how we can achieve a similar result without a serger.

  • Zigzag Stitch

Zigzag stitch on a seam with stitch length 2~3 zigzag Width 5
And straight stitch over the zigzag stitch you just did.
And cut the raw edge close to the stitch. That’s it. It makes a pretty neat edge.

  • Overcast Presser Foot

Overcast Presser Foot is ideal for stitching over raw edges easily.
Align and guide the fabric along with the extension of the foot.

Change your presser foot to the overcast (overlock) presser foot.
You will be able to see my two favourite overlock stitches on the video.

Align and guide the fabric along the extension of the foot. And overcast stitch on the edge of the fabric.

Try a few stitches you have on your sewing machine. Which one is your favourite?

Pretty simple right? I know many of you have a set of presser foot somewhere in your place. However, I am going to leave a link as well, just in case you don’t have it or lost it.

Overcast (Overlock) Presser Foot (Canada) Overcast (Overlock) Presser Foot (USA)

These are my online fabric shops.
Dailylike Canada
Two O Nine Fabric Studio…

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These are machines I used for this video. Both are really good machines for beginners and intermediates.
SINGER Heavy Duty 4452 (Canada)
SINGER Heavy Duty 4452 (USA)

SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist (Canada)
SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist (USA)

If you are interested in buying a serger.
Brother 1034D 3/4 Thread Serger (Canada) Brother 1034D 3/4 Thread Serger (USA)

Some of the links above are affiliate links. .Clicking and purchasing through affiliate links gives me a small commission. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I wanted to help you find the materials easier. So you can focus more on your project. Thank you.

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