Would you like to own a serger but just can’t justify it?
You probably don’t realize it but a serger can pay for itself pretty quickly. There are many sergers on the market these days with lots of bells and whistles. A basic serger is really all you need (it’s all I have). A basic serger is a 3/4 thread with differential feed. (you’ll want differential feed). The cost of a basic serger is not too dear.
Here’s how it pays for itself: -
Extend the life of your towels and washcloths. Serge off the ragged edges - makes them look like new
Save money by making your own washcloths and hand towels. Buy bath towels on sale. Cut them up with the rotary cutter into hand towels or wash cloths. Serge finish the edges rounding the corners. (That’s how most purchased washcloths are made anyway.) A bath towel will make 4 handtowels and 8 washcloths. Try to get towels without the woven band near the 2 ends. If you can only find bath towels with these woven bands, still make wash cloths out of them. I use the ones with the woven bands for dish cloths.
And who ever decided that kitchen towels and dish cloths should be made of thin fabrics? and in light colors? They need to absorb alot of water and scrub dishes. Light colored ones get stained quickly and bleaching them only shortens the life of the fabric. Make your own dish towels and wash cloths from dark colored thick bath towels. They last a long time and hide stains.
Go a step further and make deocrative hand towels and wash cloths. Serge finish the edges with decorative threads. Add embroidery and you’ve got a great gift as well.
Extend the life of your blankets and bedspreads Serge off the ragged edges - make them look like brand new
Extend the life of your bathroom rugs and other small rugs. Serge off the ragged edges making them look like new
Of course there is all the usual uses for a serger like seam finishes, serging off the raw edges of fabrics before prewashing them (including fat quarters), hems (especially jeans) is a whole lot easier with a serge finished edge (only needs to be turned under once).
I’m sure you’ll find lots more uses around your home. Once you own a serger you’ll be saying “I don’t know what I would do without my serger.”