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    Anyone use a surge sewing machine

    for their projects? If so, how does it do on the thinner fabrics?
    I have only seen mention of zig zag and straight stitches in threads.
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    I have a brother 5 thread...

    IMHO... It is great to clean up an edge but most of my DIY projects either use a rolled or flat feld seam and to me it is a waste of time to surge hem then roll.

    On some of the lighter stuff it was REAL difficult to get the tensions right..
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    How much more difficult are

    these to run. I have an old Husquavarna (sp?) zig zag and the wife has a White speedylock 1600 that I bought her years ago. I bought the white and it moved quickly to the closet (where it has stayed). She didn't catch on to setting tensions and threading the machine. (trained seamstress, no less)
    I am looking to start small projects and wondering if I should give the surge a try.

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    IMHO...
    I would not waste the time on most projects doing surge hems.. Plus, (I failed to mention) the surged seem will not handle the stress that a rolled or flat feld will stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4D's View Post
    IMHO...
    I would not waste the time on most projects doing surge hems.. Plus, (I failed to mention) the surged seem will not handle the stress that a rolled or flat feld will stand.
    Agreed. I have borrowed a surger from a friend to work on a project and found myself going back to the regular machine to do most of the work.
    The surger does create a nice edge, but most of the time we are hemming our edge anyway. Just my .02.
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    The surge is working

    I have a surger and I don't use it at all for DIY projects. I think it would rarely be of use, but the real reason is I can't afford 4 or 5 of those cones of polyester thread. Not to mention different colors. Another problem with a surger is it is so unforgiving. If you make a mistake it could mean starting all over.
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    I know Doctari is very fond of his surger.
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    i used to use one so i wouldn't have to hem the edge of my tarps. i used a really short stitch length and did a rolled hem. it put a very nice looking wrapped edge on the fabric. i have since switched to distributing force to the edge, so i can no longer use the serged edge, it did look good though.

    i haven't had the need to use it since.

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