Types of Machines You Need in Your Sewing Room

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You only need a basic sewing machine to complete the projects that come in ThreadCrate. We make sure of that! However, many of our subscribers like to use a serger, coverstitch machine, or embroidery machine for certain sewing tasks.

If you’ve been wondering about all these different types of machines, this post is for you. We’re going to show you what each machine can do and why you might want them in your sewing room.

Sergers (Overlockers)

A serger is a good investment if you plan to sew a lot of garments because it can sew and finish a seam at the same time. It also creates a stretch stitch, which is ideal for knits.

Some sewing projects can even be sewn completely on a serger, such as cardigans and yoga pants!

Sergers use three or four cones of thread to create an overlock stitch. They also have a knife that trims your fabric as you feed it through your machine.

Here’s a picture of what a finished seam looks like on a serger:

Some sewists never bother to buy a serger because they are afraid of threading it. There is a learning curve to it, but it is something you can master. Many modern sergers even have an ‘air threading’ feature that practically threads your machine for you.

A serger cannot replace your sewing machine because there are certain tasks it cannot do. For example, a serger cannot create buttonholes, perform topstitching, attach patch pockets, or sew in tight corners. But, a serger is still a nice companion machine to have in your sewing room.

Some sewing machines have a side-cutter attachment that allows you to create an overlock stitch that is similar to a serged seam, but it doesn’t work as fast as a serger. 

Coverstitch Machines

A lot of people get sergers and coverstitch machines mixed up. They look similar because they both require multiple thread cones. However, they have completely different purposes.

A coverstitch machine is designed to hem stretch fabrics. It creates two rows of stitches on the front side of your fabric and secures the edges on the back with loops. A coverstitch machine can also create a chain stitch with one needle.

Here’s a picture of what a finished seam looks like on a coverstitch machine:

You can buy a combination serger/coverstitch machine, but the downside is that it’s annoying to switch back and forth between coverstitch and serger. There are some parts you must change out to convert your machine.

Embroidery Machines

If you want to add appliques and other embellishments to your sewing projects, an embroidery machine can help you accomplish this task faster and with more precision. You simply upload an embroidery design to your machine, hoop your fabric, and then watch your machine do all the work. 

You need a lot of supplies for machine embroidery. Every project requires stabilizer and special embroidery thread. You’ll also need to learn how to upload and modify embroidery designs from your computer and position them in your hoop.

Here’s a picture of what an embroidery machine can do:

Embroidery machines are amazing. They can take your sewing projects to a whole new level! Of course, they come with a high price tag. You’ll have to pay upwards of $7,000 to get an embroidery machine with one of the larger hoop sizes.

If you don’t already own a serger, coverstitch machine, or embroidery machine, now is a great time to add one to your wish list. The holiday sales are already starting!

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  • AdminNov 24, 2021

    Hi Beverly,

    Subscribers get to choose between a few color/pattern options each month. We know everyone has different tastes, so we make sure there is something for everyone. We only choose size- inclusive patterns, too.


  • Beverly Rezende BlakeNov 24, 2021

    I would like to know, how are the fabrics chosen? I want to subscribe but I like fabrics with not to many flowers and prints. I am a plus size woman and love elegance and classy looks. Thank you.

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