Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Angela Kane's Sewing Jersey Series - Machines

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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.

Lightweights too.

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

and oiling,

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

comprehensive wardrobe

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!

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