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I found a nice Singer 990B10 industrial serger on E-Bay. What does it do? It binds the edges of fabric so that it doesn't unravel. It can also sew two pieces of fabric together and bind that sewn edge. I don't use it for that. I use it to edge the parts I glue to sew foam. I can cut the pieces right off my pattern without adding any extra, and glue my vinyl, cloth, or leather parts to the sew foam. Then I run all the edges through the serger. It works fine with 1/4" or 1/2" sew foam.

This saves me a lot of time, and produces a fabulous finished edge to work with. I am only cutting the part once instead of twice, and it takes far less time to run the part through the serger than sewing it with my regular machine. This also means I don't have to change thread on my regular machine to sew on the pattern lines.
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Nice! Cool that it can handle thicker foam without any problems.
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I just wish I had your talent Dan. I think that automotive interior work is one of the most neglected areas on many custom builds and restorations. It pisses us paint and body guys off that some people will spend 30K on an engine and complain about 10K for paint and body. I can only imagine what you get told sometimes Dan. To me a well built car is a complete car, drive train, suspension, paint & body and last but definitely not least, interior.

I follow your posts and try and learn as much as I can. I don't respond probably as often as I should but as I get further into the build I'm on now, I'm sure I will.

Now you've got me interested and I want to investigate the machine you just bought.

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Dan, I have asked a few different industrial sewing machine shops about a serger for this exact application. I can't seem to get anyone to make a recommendation on a serger. How did you choose this specific model?
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I found a nice Singer 990B10 industrial serger on E-Bay. What does it do? It binds the edges of fabric so that it doesn't unravel. It can also sew two pieces of fabric together and bind that sewn edge. I don't use it for that. I use it to edge the parts I glue to sew foam. I can cut the pieces right off my pattern without adding any extra, and glue my vinyl, cloth, or leather parts to the sew foam. Then I run all the edges through the serger. It works fine with 1/4" or 1/2" sew foam.

This saves me a lot of time, and produces a fabulous finished edge to work with. I am only cutting the part once instead of twice, and it takes far less time to run the part through the serger than sewing it with my regular machine. This also means I don't have to change thread on my regular machine to sew on the pattern lines.
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Dan, I have asked a few different industrial sewing machine shops about a serger for this exact application. I can't seem to get anyone to make a recommendation on a serger. How did you choose this specific model?
Like I said, I just watched E-Bay for industrial sergers and found this one for $300 including the table. (don't ask about the shipping, that was a nightmare) There are lots of different kinds of sergers, but the majority are three or four thread models. This one is a four thread model, but I only use three of the threads. The fourth thread runs a straight stitch line about 1/4" inside of the overlock stitching, and that was just a waste of thread and an extra needle hole for this application. I just took the needle out of the serger for the fourth thread. This one will also cut off the fabric before it overlocks, but I didn't want it to do that either, so I took the blade out of it. Now it's a dedicated machine that only does one job, but that's what I want.
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I see tons of industrial sergers for sale used. But I'm unsure of what to look for in selecting one.

Curious why you don't use the knife. I was thinking it would be nice to have the serger do the cutting as well..
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I have to cut the fabric parts anyway, so for me the knife was redundant.

Almost all sergers do exactly the same thing, but I wanted one that I could tweak to do just what I wanted. Having the option of using the fourth thread is no big deal for me, but I didn't know that when I bought the serger. I think you could get by with a three thread single needle serger.
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