An overlocker (or serger) is a type of sewing machine that uses multiple threads to seam fabric while also overcasting to cover raw edges. It can be used for construction, finishing, or both at the same time.
What is the difference between a sewing machine and an overlocker?
Different from a conventional sewing machine that forms a stitch with a bobbin and top thread, an overlocker works with loopers and needle threads that form an overlocking stitch. When selecting an overlocker, keep in mind that as the number of threads and loopers increase, so does the price of the machine.
Why do I need an overlocker?
If your sewing time is limited, an overlocker can help you whiz through your projects quickly and efficiently. An overlocker can be used for many finishes including construction of garments, through to finishing off the edges of fabric that will then be seamed on the sewing machine.
Can a sewing machine be used as an overlocker?
Although you can create knit garments on a sewing machine, you can also make them using an overlocker. However, I’ve often heard people say they only use their overlocker for finishing seams.
Can an overlocker do straight stitch?
It creates a strong seam for heavy weight fabrics such as denim and terrycloth. Overlockers that offer a 5-thread safety stitch eliminate the need to reinforce the seam with an additional straight stitch from a conventional sewing machine.
Can you make clothes without an overlocker?
You can use alternative seam finishing techniques that will finish garments neatly without an overlocker. You can use French seams or flat fell seams or even a simple zig zag stitch. Overlockers are not used in couture garments, in fact many seams are left raw.
What can I make with an overlocker?
What Can you do with an Overlocker (serger)? Seam finishing. Making swimwear, T-shirts, lingerie, napkins, tablerunners, etc. Insert elastic into clothing. Decorate garments making flowers or other trims. Finish hem & facing edges with the cover stitch. Seaming on knits more quickly that with a sewing machine.
Are Overlockers easy to use?
As well as being easy to thread, the AirThread 2000D is a lovely overlocker to use. The stitching feels nice and smooth, both for seaming knit garments and finishing seams on woven projects. It has a large surface to rest fabric on.
Should I buy overlock machine?
Because it is specialised for this task, it does a better, faster & more professional job than a regular sewing machine. An overlocker can also trim your seam allowance while sewing. This makes sewing jersey much easier, for example, as you can sew and neaten at the same time.
Is it worth investing in an overlocker?
Overlockers are worth buying if you intend to make lots of clothing, sew with stretch fabrics and make professional-looking projects. Overlockers are not worth using for those who finish their seams with bindings or make home decors that don’t require overlocked seams.
Can I use overlock thread for regular sewing?
It’s really best not to use serger thread on a regular machine because it creates much more lint that will collect in and eventually clog your machine.
Which is the easiest overlocker to use?
4 Best Cheap Overlockers for Beginners Brother 3034dwt. Brother 2104d. Brother m343d. Elna 664.
Where is the eye of the sewing machine needle located?
Eye: The hole at the end of the needle. This is where the thread passes through.
Do Overlockers need special thread?
For perfect results on your overlocker and coverstitch machine it is essential to use a good quality thread that is lint free. For that reason we only stock the highest quality Polyester 120’s and 180’s overlocking thread.
Are sewing machine and overlocker needles the same?
Today, sewing machines and sergers can both take the same needles, which makes sewing easier. However many companies that make sergers opt for designing their own needles or using special style needles.
Are Overlockers hard to use?
As you can imagine it is a lot more complicated than threading a sewing machine with two needles and four threads to contend with. Many overlockers also have to be threaded in a particular order and it can take a lot of time, practice and bedtime reading of the manual for you to perfect it.
How do I choose an Overlock Machine?
You should consider having the following features when buying an overlocker: Number of threads – ideally a machine would have four threads. Adjustable stitch length. Adjustable pressure foot for different fabric thicknesses. Differential feed (similar to a walking foot where thicker fabrics feed through evenly).
Do you need an overlocker to sew jersey?
Although some sewers find them a daunting prospect, knit and jersey fabrics are great to sew with, even if you don’t have an overlocker. They are comfortable to wear, more forgiving on fit and they don’t fray plus there are so many knit and jersey fabrics and sewing patterns to choose from these days too.
What overlocker does sewing bee use?
The overlocker used in the 2021 Great British Sewing Bee is the Janome 6234XL.
Are brother Overlockers good?
Let’s jump in. I have found the best Brother overlocker to be the 4234D. It will let you create more stitches than the other Brother models, it’s the easiest to thread, and it has the best build quality. Important for those who sew regularly and want a long-lasting machine.
When should you overlock seams?
When to Use an Overlock Stitch Some seams or fabrics benefit from being pressed open after being sewn in order to reduce bulk. In these cases, overlocking raw edges before construction may be the best bet.