What do they have in common?
As you can see, these machines are very different, but they are also similarly different form a regular sewing machine. If you have no idea what that means, here is a little run-through:
They are specialized machines
Both sergers and coverstitch machines are specialized sewing machines designed to handle specific tasks, like finishing seams or sewing hems, which are not easily achieved with a standard sewing machine.
They are great for working with stretchy fabric
Both machines excel at working with stretchy fabrics, such as knits, making them great choices for sewing garments like T-shirts, activewear, and leggings.
They use multiple threads
Sergers and coverstitch machines use multiple threads to create their stitches, which contributes to the strength, stretch, and professional finish of their respective tasks.
They feature loopers
Both machines have loopers that work with the needles to form the stitches. The loopers help create the looped stitch on the underside of the fabric in both overlock (serger) and coverstitch stitches.
They have faster sewing speed
Sergers and coverstitch machines generally operate at a faster sewing speed than standard sewing machines, making it quicker and more efficient to finish seams and hems.
The learning curve is steep
Both machines have a steeper learning curve compared to a standard sewing machine, as they require threading multiple threads, adjusting tension settings, and getting familiar with their specific functions.