Over the years I have made several shirts, blouses, skirts, vests, coats etc. I use my sewing machine for top stitching, inserting zippers and making button holes. For the actual construction I use my SERGER. I don't sew the seam with the sewing machine and then serge the raw edges. Why do the same function twice??? The serger joins the fabric (seams) and overcasts at the same time. I have found that this makes constructing the garment much quicker, more sturdy and withstands multiple washings without incident.
If I need the seam to lay flat then yes I will serge the raw edges first and then sew with the sewing machine. But I don't sew and then serge - too tedious.
Home Dec projects constructed with the serger are a snap!
I know old habits are hard to break - but this one is well worth it 4 U.