It’s so confusing, which should I buy?  The Serger or Overlock machine, which one do I need most? It’s a hard decision, both do basically the same thing. They perform finishing stitches.  A serger performs one task perfectly–overlocking, cutting and finishing seams in one step.

The real difference is with the make and model of the serger.  Some have 8 spools of thread.  WOW how confused can one person be? From what I have been told the number of spools increase the number of stitches the machine is capable of doing. On that note the serger handles knits superbly.

An overlock describes it’s main use, to finish edges with the overlock stitch. They have fewer spools of thread, and less decorative stitches. It does not have a cutting attachment.
here they are having a discussion about the differences and the ones they prefer most.  If you don’t care about people’s opinion, I found a great blogger who explains the machines very well. Over at SergerPro they advise finding a serger easy enough for anyone to manipulate.  I agree whole heartedly!!  Automatic or color-coded features are recommended for threading. Of course I’m a penny pincher and I would choose the cheapest one on the market.


aking a final decision on the serger sewing machine starts with knowledge of the most important factors needed in a quality machine. The top serger machine will be easy enough for even an amateur to manipulate. It should have an acceptable differential feed for material versatility along with automatic or color-coded threading features. The serger will have the appropriate number of threads as well as various stitching styles. Along with offering helpful attachments, the machine should be reasonably priced considering how it will be used.  I look for FAST machines. I love being able to sew my clothing at a rate to wear it the same day I start if I want. At the time of this blog, I found the Brother 1034D was the top seller.

With the SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish and the JUKI MO644D Portable Serger close behind.  I would have to study the machines and their options a lot closer to make a decision.  My heart says SINGER, that’s all I’ve ever used.  That doesn’t mean it’s the best choice.  You can find a great article here comparing options, price, and brand. I hope you find the serger machine of your dreams and ENJOY!