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Overlocker encouragement needed

Post by Marg » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:27 pm

This is so embarrassing.....just over two years ago I purchased a very good overlocker. It sits beautifully in its special cupboard inside my sewing table....BUT :oops: I have never had it out of its wrappers - yes - it has never been used - I am too scared to use it....I've never used an overlocker before, but surely it can't be that hard (I'm a competent sewer) ....I must use it tomorrow (part of my 2017 self improvement program) so I need all good vibes from forumites so that I can conquer my fears and learn a new skill....and maybe even make something to boot.
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Re: Overlocker encouragement needed

Post by Esther » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:09 pm

Do it!! I don't have one and think it would be so much easier with knits, which I haven't ever managed very well on a sewing machine :(

So try it on my behalf and tell me how good it is! :-D

Please, of course 8)
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Re: Overlocker encouragement needed

Post by whitto04 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:42 am

Do it!!
I have a second hand overlocker, still with original box. I got it out long enough to convince DH that 'I need to keep it'. I made 4 skirts for my girls, then packed it back away- 2 years ago.
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Re: Overlocker encouragement needed

Post by JennyD » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:03 am

I love my overlocker. Although I tend to use it simply to neaten seams. It does a great job. I have used it for gathering and stuff, but only for peasant skirts. I certainly don't get enough use out of it, but when I do use it it makes life a lot easier. I think neatening the seams with it is a really good place to start. Also gives you a bit more lee way. Have fun.

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Re: Overlocker encouragement needed

Post by Mummy woo! » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:52 pm

Mine lives on the sewing table - nothing better for kids clothes. I use it for all sorts of things - seam finishing on most garments that won't be lined, to seam knits, sometimes to attach the elastic to a skirt, as a decorative hem on kids clothes or sometimes on knits for me.

I don't use it for everything, and I will french seam a simple top rather than rethread the overlocker!! If you tell me you bought the self-threading one I'll cry :)

Just get some old tea towels (non-fluffy ones) and serge all the edges off. Or practice on some old tee shirts that are too far gone for the op shop - you will have some cleaning cloths at the end of the session and a new appreciation for your jazzy machine.
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Re: Overlocker encouragement needed

Post by Ronale » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:24 am

Overlockers scare me after some terrible experiences in year 8 sewing class. But, I've recently discovered my sewing teacher was wrong and actually I can make stuff with a sewing machine, so I don't think they must be all that bad, I think it was just her.
So I think go for it - use some older things as MW suggests and have a fun day of running things through the overlocker. With no really challenging things, or an ogre standing over you it would probably be quite fun and interesting!
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Re: Overlocker encouragement needed

Post by JennyD » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:39 am

One important thing is to always run a test hem. So I get some scraps and run a hem to make sure the tension is right, as it has to be changed depending on the fabric. I have been known to do 10 test runs before I get it right :) especially when doing denim after light cotton :)

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