Serge w/out a Serger

First tutorial of the new year has to be one of my highly requested videos; How to serge without a serger.

Ok. So if you are one of those that are holding off on purchasing a serger because of it’s high price, this tutorial is for you.  To those of you that have no clue what a serger is or why serging may help you when sewing, I can help answer those questions.

Serging: a sewing machine that overcasts the raw edges of a fabric with a V-shaped stitch.

Why Serge? Serging creates a clean edge, helps prevent fraying, allows for greater stability of your garment.

What Type of Fabric Requires Serging? Fabric that tends to fray such as: linen, cotton, tweed, etc.

Ok. So here is the tutorial on how to serge without a serger. This technique has been around for many years. I just decided to give my fresh take on it.  Thanks for stopping by.  Please remember to “Thumbs up” this video if you enjoy sewing tips & tricks.  Also, if you enjoyed it, don’t be selfish, please share.

39 thoughts on “Serge w/out a Serger

  1. Nice video! I have a Brother serger that I LOVE, but your technique is a helpful one for those that don’t have sergers yet. It would be just as effective.


  2. I was wondering if you would be willing to give a tutorial on threading your serger. I have the same one and I don’t know how to thread it.
    Thanks in advance.



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  4. I love this tutorial! I was given a serger, but don’t even know how to thread it. It all looks so complicated! And to be shown on a machine I HAVE was just excellent! Now I feel like I can try this on projects I feel need edge treatment. Thank you!


  5. You are a life saver, i was telling my sister just the other day i wanted a serger, but after seeing this video, i dont need one! And after reading everyones comments dont think i should waste my money buying one. Thank you, this video is really helpful.

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  6. Love this! thanks for sharing. Also, pleaseOhplease can you tell me the piano music recording you used for this video. I could listen to it over and over. It’s wonderful. Thank you! I’m getting out my sewing machine right now. 🙂


  7. I know that the zigzag stitch can be a close match to a serger’s stitch (because it still allows for the fabric to stretch) but in your tutorial you have two straight stitches that run across the fabric, as well. Doesn’t that cancel out the benefits of the zigzag stitch because the fabric can no longer stretch in that direction, as it’s got that straight-stitch there? 🙂
    This is close visually, but I think getting a nice, stretchy edge may still require a serger (or a zig-zag stitch without the straight stitches, which is what I’ve used in the past). It would be wonderful if the standard machine could do both though, eh? 🙂


  8. This is very helpful and just what I needed. I’ve been on the fence about getting a serge and after seeing this, I think i can hold off a little while longer.


  9. I can’t wait to try this! This gives me a little more confidence to start making things to wear instead of just curtains and pillow cases.
    I am now a new fan. I look forward to the weekend when I can read some more.

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  11. I’m new to sewing but decided to tackle some intermediate projects to start with. Thanks for tutorials like yours online, this has been possible–I’ve learned a lot already. Thanks for the clear instructions on how to make do without a serger!

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  12. I looked this up because I wanted to help sew reusable pads for developing nations, but they require serving… Thank you so much! Now I can sew them with just my mom’s sewing machine!

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