Cheap Alternative to a Serger: Convert Your Sewing Machine

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A serger is a very good investment because it enables you to finish off seam edges more quickly, and even sew entire projects in half the time it would take you to do them on a sewing machine. Sergers are expensive, though, which is why a lot of people don’t have them. Plus, they take up a lot of extra space.

If you don’t want to spend the money on a serger, and you don’t have the space for one anyway, do some research and see if your sewing machine has a presser foot attachment that can turn your sewing machine into a serger. I have one for my Singer sewing machine and I like it a lot. Just type the model number of your sewing machine into any internet browser, and you’ll probably find lots of additional attachments you can buy. Most of the newer sewing machines do have a serger attachment. Mine cost me around $20.

My sewing machine attachment was a little tricky to figure out at first, but I like it now. It doesn’t produce the exact same results as a serger, but it is definitely a good substitute. The difference is that you can’t sew and serge at the same time with my attachment — you can only serge. Personally, though, I like the way that a serged edge looks over a zigzagged edge, so the presser foot attachment works well for me.

If you do a lot of sewing, you’ll probably still want to invest in an actual serger, but the sewing machine attachment is definitely a good substitute until you can afford a serger.


  • Cassie


    Yay so glad I found this! I have spent a while googling & pining over serger machines that I could never afford. I am going to find the exact model number of my brother and see if I can get an attachment to do edges so they don’t frey!

  • Bill Smith


    Exactly what I needed! I want to do my projects quicker.

  • Samantha


    Serger is more expensive with a lot of features to complete your sewing. Have both of serger and sewing machines could be beneficial, especially if you have big project. Great article…thank’s for sharing

  • Stephanie


    I just stumbled across your post and found it very useful! I was wondering if you could provide some suggestions for sewing machines that can be converted to sergers. I’m new to sewing and would love some advice. Thanks!

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