Attention, all designer day-dreamers! Whether you consider yourself in the running for the CFDA Fashion Awards (someday), the H & M Student Awards, your local division fashion awards, or are running your own fashion-forward business, chances are you excel in these two areas:

  1. Imagination that can set you apart from the rest, to make your designs worth that second look. That means good use of color, style, fabrics, textures, and all the rest that goes into creating an eye-catching design.
  1. Great construction techniques and attention to detail. You understand that nobody will even give your work a second glance when the seams are puckered or mismatched, topstitching is off, or the garment just doesn’t hang correctly. You could spend hours basting by hand, then sewing each seam carefully, then flat-felling each seam, and maybe adding hand-sewn blind hems. Months later, you have a garment worthy of couture. Or…

Wait a minute and put those scissors DOWN! You could buy a serger, a machine that would make it much easier to manifest the designs that hide in your imagination.

Sergers can join and finish edges in one step, make beautiful rolled hems and blind hems, and they create beautiful work in half the time. Some machines boast top speeds of over 1000 stitches per minute fast.

Editor's Choice
Janome MyLock 634D Overlock Serger, with Self Threading Lower Looper, Differential Feed, 2 needle, 2/3/4 Thread Overlock Stitching with FREE BONUS PACKAGE!
Juki Pearl Line MO-654DE 2/3/4 Thread Serger with BONUS I WANT IT ALL PACKAGE! Includes: 8 Piece Foot Kit, Serger Tote, 8 Thread Cones, 50 Needles, Electronic Workbook, Instructional DVD!
Best Budget Buy
Singer Finishing Touch 14SH654 Serger
Brother ST4031HD Serger, Strong & Tough Serger, 1,300 Stitches Per Minute, Durable Metal Frame Overlock Machine, Large Extension Table, 3 Included Accessory Feet
Janome MyLock 634D Overlock Serger, with Self Threading Lower Looper, Differential Feed, 2 needle, 2/3/4 Thread Overlock Stitching with FREE BONUS PACKAGE!
Juki Pearl Line MO-654DE 2/3/4 Thread Serger with BONUS I WANT IT ALL PACKAGE! Includes: 8 Piece Foot Kit, Serger Tote, 8 Thread Cones, 50 Needles, Electronic Workbook, Instructional DVD!
Singer Finishing Touch 14SH654 Serger
Brother ST4031HD Serger, Strong & Tough Serger, 1,300 Stitches Per Minute, Durable Metal Frame Overlock Machine, Large Extension Table, 3 Included Accessory Feet
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Editor's Choice
Janome MyLock 634D Overlock Serger, with Self Threading Lower Looper, Differential Feed, 2 needle, 2/3/4 Thread Overlock Stitching with FREE BONUS PACKAGE!
Janome MyLock 634D Overlock Serger, with Self Threading Lower Looper, Differential Feed, 2 needle, 2/3/4 Thread Overlock Stitching with FREE BONUS PACKAGE!
Juki Pearl Line MO-654DE 2/3/4 Thread Serger with BONUS I WANT IT ALL PACKAGE! Includes: 8 Piece Foot Kit, Serger Tote, 8 Thread Cones, 50 Needles, Electronic Workbook, Instructional DVD!
Juki Pearl Line MO-654DE 2/3/4 Thread Serger with BONUS I WANT IT ALL PACKAGE! Includes: 8 Piece Foot Kit, Serger Tote, 8 Thread Cones, 50 Needles, Electronic Workbook, Instructional DVD!
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Best Budget Buy
Singer Finishing Touch 14SH654 Serger
Singer Finishing Touch 14SH654 Serger
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Brother ST4031HD Serger, Strong & Tough Serger, 1,300 Stitches Per Minute, Durable Metal Frame Overlock Machine, Large Extension Table, 3 Included Accessory Feet
Brother ST4031HD Serger, Strong & Tough Serger, 1,300 Stitches Per Minute, Durable Metal Frame Overlock Machine, Large Extension Table, 3 Included Accessory Feet

Tools for Design

Serger machines function differently and with more complexity than standard sewing machines. They work with a locked stitch of 2, 3, 4, or 5 threads and provide greater durability. The higher the number of threads used in each stitch, the more durable the resulting stitch.

They effortlessly lend that professional finish that regular sewing machines don’t offer, from the hems on a simple T-shirt to the lovely edging on satin or tulle. When people see your work, they’ll say, “Oh, how gorgeous”, sigh, and buy.

And did we mention, serger machines are fast. You can create a top-quality garment in seconds. If you can dream it, you can do it, all in a fraction of the time it would take with a standard sewing machine. If you’re pondering the idea of adding a serger machine to your collection, hone in on the powers of these machines in a bit more detail.

Ready for some Closeups?

Janome MyLock 634D Overlock Serger with Free Bonus Package

Janome MyLock 634D Overlock Serger

This machine is a 2, 3, or 4 thread serger with color-coded thread guides, and it has both adjustable cutting widths and stitching widths. The bonus package includes a beading attachment (Vegas costumes, anyone?), a piping foot, and a blind hem foot.

It sews beautifully on gossamer and thick fabrics, and at 15 ½ x 14 ½ x 13 inches and 21 pounds, it is easier to transport than that industrial serger in the Garment District.

Janome MyLock 634D Overlock Serger, with Self Threading Lower Looper, Differential Feed, 2 needle, 2/3/4 Thread Overlock Stitching with FREE BONUS PACKAGE!
  • 2, 3, or 4 thread serger, Lay-in thread tension dial, Threading chart, Color coded thread guides
  • Tension release device, Easily accessible lower looper guides, Changeable thread guide, Quick change rolled hem
  • Lower looper pretension setting slider, Easily retractable upper knife, Adjustable foot pressure, Snap on presser feet
  • Adjustable stitch length 1mm to 5mm, Differential feed ratio 0.5 to 2.25, Adjustable cutting width 3.1mm to 7.3mm, Maximum speed 1,300 spm
  • Bonus Kit Includes: Beading Attachment, Blind Stitch Foot, 1/8” Piping Foot, 3 Pack Needles – Serger Size 14

Juki Pearl Line MO654DE 2/3/4 Thread Serger with Bonus I Want It All Package

Juki Pearl Line MO654DE 2/3/4 Thread Serger

This machine delivers built-in rolled hemming with overlock and flatlock variations. What does this mean? It’s as reliable as a workhorse. Stitches are made faster and stronger, which is a plus for professional dressmaking or designing.

The loopers disengage from the machine for easier, faster threading, and the package contains 8 separate presser feet; blind stitch, gathering, piping, elastic tape sewing, curve/pearl, beading, cording, and blind hem.

Costume designers especially love it for its size (20 x 18.3 x 14.3 inches), weight (25 ½ lb.), and even stitching. SINGER 132 Featherweight Compact Efficiency Sewing Machine

Juki Pearl Line MO-654DE 2/3/4 Thread Serger with BONUS I WANT IT ALL PACKAGE! Includes: 8 Piece Foot Kit, Serger Tote, 8 Thread Cones, 50 Needles, Electronic Workbook, Instructional DVD!
  • Snap-On Presser Feet
  • Disengaging loopers for fast, easy threading
  • 2/3/4 Thread options | Micro Safety Switch
  • Sewing Guage built-in for accurate seams
  • Bonus Pack Includes: Juki MO-654DE 2/3/4 Thread Overlock Serger, Juki Serger Electronic Workbook CD, Juki Serger Instructional DVD Video, 8 Foot Kit , 50 Needles, 8 Cones of MaxiLock Thread & Serger Tote Bag

SINGER | Finishing Touch 14SH6540 Differential-Feed Serger Sewing Machine including 4-3 Stitch Configuration, Color-Coded Lay-in Threading System

SINGER Finishing Touch 14SH6540

This machine has a 4-3 thread capability and a wide selection of stitch options, including both rolled hems and cover hems. The color-coded threading diagram boasts a lay-in threading system, which is very easy to follow.

As it is printed on the machine itself, the designer doesn’t have to spend time looking for the manual! It has a differential feed that ensures even feed on all types and weights of fabrics, and a blazing, 1300 stitch per minute capability.

Add adjustable tension for sewing various fabric types, the convenient stitch length dial located at the front of the machine, the package of included accessories, and it’s ready to go.

Dimensions are 14 x 11 x11 ½ inches, and it is a little over 17 pounds.

Singer Finishing Touch 14SH654 Serger
  • 3 or 4 Thread Stitches for various seams and edges
  • Color-Coded Threading System simplifies threading
  • Differential Feed adjusts fabric feed for smooth seams
  • Free Arm helps with hard to reach places
  • Sews 1300 Stitches/Min to save time

Brother Serger, ST4031HD, Strong and Tough Serger, Durable Metal Frame Construction, Large Extension Table, 1,300 Stitches Per Minute

SINGER Finishing Touch 14SH6540

This machine has a metal frame, a large extension table, high-performance stitching that can even sew multiple layers of denim for Cosplay and other types of costumes. With a strong thread stand, the thread will feed up and off the thread spools correctly.

It also has the Brother color-coded thread guides to make the daunting threading much easier. In addition, the cutting knives are retractable, so hems will stay the same length that the designer wishes.

Dimensions are 13 x 14 ½ x 17 inches, and it weighs almost 18 pounds.

Brother ST4031HD Serger, Strong & Tough Serger, 1,300 Stitches Per Minute, Durable Metal Frame Overlock Machine, Large Extension Table, 3 Included Accessory Feet
  • Metal frame: The ST4031HD is a strong, reliable serger built to tackle heavy duty projects with its sturdy metal frame
  • High performance: This Strong & Tough series 3-4 thread serger has a high durability blade made from extra hard carbon steel, producing a smoother cut edge and a clean, professional finish
  • 1,300 Stitches per minute: Get more serging done in less time with a maximum sewing speed of up to 1,300 stitches per minute
  • Easy to thread: Color-coded thread guides along with numbered upper and lower thread loopers make the ST4031HD easy to use
  • Included accessory feet: 3 accessory feet come with the ST4031HD including standard, blind stitch, and gathering feet along with a large extension table for bigger projects

Final Thoughts

A serger machine can be the designer’s best friend, producing fast, fun, and professional results in a fraction of the time spent on a traditional sewing machine.

There are possibilities at every price point. A serger is an invaluable tool that will give quality results after diligent practice. That’s what design is all about: practicing new methods of making garments and crafting unique household items.

You already have the designer’s way of looking at colors, textiles, and threads, and this is a fun tool that’ll allow you to expand your creative horizons.

A few sergers that are highly-rated overall are also mentioned on design websites, such as the Juki MO-1000, the Singer Professional 5, the Brother Designio Series DZ 1234, and the Juki MO654DE.

Pay close attention to the machine you choose, as it will be your invaluable design partner. Maybe in the future, YOU will win an award for one of your personal designs. We can just hear your acceptance speech now: “And I’d like to thank my serger for making me the artist I am today.”

Now that you’ve got some insight on these serger machines, get out there and start creating!