Have you noticed that woven fabrics are increasingly being replaced by stretch fabrics? They are comfortable, suit our casual lifestyles but… are harder to sew with domestic sewing machines, which makes overlocking machines the answer for the home sewer.
The greatest asset of the overlocker is the fact that it not only creates an excellent quality seam, but also provides a professional cut to the edges of the sections of material that are being joined. Its speed also makes the overlocking machine very desirable for both home and plant use, making it easier to achieve a quality product in a shorter period of time, with seams being sewn in one pass that sews and finishes the seam to prevent fraying.
Another advantage of the overlocker is the use of loopers as the source of thread for the sewing project. Unlike the standard lockstitch model, it doesn’t make use of bobbins. Instead, the loopers allow the sewing machine to feed threads for multiple thread cones into the needle mechanism, making it is easier to contain the edges of the material in the seam, creating a more finished look to the project.
However, overlocking machines use multiple threads and may need more than one tension. Like all things, it is easy when you know how it works, but you may need the help to learn the basic techniques and also to learn how to read and understand the sewing jargon before you can make the most of your machine.
On 20th and 27th September 2014, we’ll be running the “Taming Your Overlocker” course in Sydney, which gives an introduction to overlocker techniques and is designed to give students the confidence to use their machine to its full potential. Click here or call us on 9449 1450 for more information.