There is such a variety of knit fabrics
on the market today
and as a result
more sewers are investing in an overlocker.
And it really is a worthwhile purchase.
You can run up a garment in no time at all.
It joins, trims and neatens the seam
in one operation
and does so at a rate of knots.
The seam will stretch as your fabric stretches.
A perfect stitch and from the right side
looks like a conventional seam.
If you want to make great garments
for active sports
or dance, then an overlocker is for you.
Take advantage of all these lovely jerseys
and easily make original and comfortable clothes
for your active life.
Learn a few tricks
and you will be able to make anything
from swimwear to an original T-shirt
for the man in you life.
Or just something incredibly pretty for yourself.
Overlockers are equally brilliant
with woven fabrics.
Use them for conventional seams,
especially for those fabrics
that are inclined to fray.
Stitch, trim and neaten as with the jersey
or stitch a conventional seam
with your sewing machine
press the seam open and then trim
and neaten with your overlocker.
Practically all garments you purchase today
are finished in this way.
An overlocker copes with all sorts of fabric
with no adjustment.
Overlocking is great
for quickly making up your linings.
Lining fabrics are so inclined to fray.
With an overlocker
you will always make your garments
to a professional standard but quickly.
Overlocking can be decorative too
just thread the loopers with novelty yarns.
Most overlockers have controls
for making adjustments to the stitch.
This dial controls the stitch length.
Many overlockers provide options
for stitch width, trimming width
and the choice of stitching with two needles,
or left needle only or right needle only.
They often also have settings for special techniques
for example, the rolled hem.
This is a versatile piece of equipment.
One of the major differences
between models is ease of threading.
Overlockers are notoriously difficult to thread.
This model has easy jet air threading.
Overlockers haven't changed
in the way that sewing machines have.
I still use my first overlocker
bought some 25 years ago.
Overlockers in general have four thread feeds.
Two go to the needles
and two are the looper threads.
Each having a tension dial.
The foot and sewing plate
is similar to a sewing machine
but to the right of the foot is a moving blade
which trims the seam as you stitch.
There is a finger guard so that you don't
trim your fingers in the process.
There is little to go wrong,
so as long as you are consciences about maintenance
which involves removing the fluff buildup
such a machine will give many years of service.
Replacing the cutting blade
is all that is required every now and again.
The best advice I would give
when using an overlocker is don't get pins
anywhere near the stitching line.
As you can see this older machine
produces a stitch equal in quality
to the standard of my newer high end model.
It is a real work horse.
They are not too expensive to buy either
and you can produce a pretty
by just using an overlocker
if you are clever with your techniques.
Run up a pair of jeans in no time at all
and then, with no adjustment
throw together a lightweight jersey T.
Practice with my jersey workout bundle
then chill in the city sunshine.
It's going to be a scorcher of a summer!