Whilst overlockers are a handy tool, especially if you want a super professional finish, they aren’t an essential. If you are looking to market your products, it may well be a good investment as it will give your designs a professional, finished look and an upper hand.
Do I need an overlocker machine?
An overlocker is not necessarily a replacement for a sewing machine. In most cases its an additional machine needed for creating a professional finish but on the right garments and fabrics you can sew at least 80% of the construction on one of these machines.
Can I overlock without an overlocker?
4. Mock Overlock: Most machines these days have some sort of mock overlock stitches, and they work perfectly well (if a little slower compared to a real overlocker). They are often called overedge or overcast stitch in your sewing machine manual.
When would you use an overlocker?
An overlocker is a specialized type of sewing machine that produces overlock stitches to sew over one or two pieces of cloth. In most cases, overlockers are used for edging, hemming, or seaming.
Can you overlock on a normal sewing machine?
Overlocking on your sewing machine
It is a magical little sewing machine foot that can give you an edging similar to that of an overlocker with just about any sewing machine. You can buy an overlocking foot here. Line your fabric edge up against the guide and select either an over-edge stitch or a wide zigzag stitch.
Is there a sewing machine with built in overlocker?
There is no sewing machine with overlocker, but these specialty feet certainly allow us to enjoy a sewing machine with overlock function.
How much does an overlocker cost?
The best budget overlockers are priced around the £200 mark and the mid-priced machines around £400. In this price range there are a good number of very good overlockers with some representing great value for money.
What if you dont have an overlocker?
Double overedge sttich
This stitch sews a double row of zigzag stitches, one on the edge of the fabric, and connects to a straight line of stitching. Like an overlocker, this stitch could be used to both sew and finish a seam in one go. This is perfect for fabrics that fray heavily.
Can you sew stretch fabric without an overlocker?
Want to sew with knit fabrics but don’t own an overlocker or serger? No problem! While overlockers or sergers are great for handling stretch fabrics and creating a professional-looking finish (I love mine), you don’t necessarily need one to sew with knits.
Can an overlocker do straight stitch?
Most of the regular sewing machines come with а variety of derivatives, but the basic ones are zigzag and a straight stitch. Usually, we use the zig zag stitch for fabrics that stretch. The straight stitch is widely used in most sewing projects. A serger doesn’t have a bobbin.
What are the benefits of an overlocker?
Overlockers are great for finishing seams and stopping fraying, they make your home sewn products last much longer, especially after a few washes, an unfinished seam will start to unravel. They also make sewing jersey at home much easier, as the overlocked seam lets the fabric stretch naturally.
What’s the difference between overlocker and sewing machine?
Unlike a sewing machine, an overlocker can use anywhere between three and five cones of thread all at once. The multiple threads are used to create various types of overlock stitches. Basic sewing machines only use one thread, although there are some models with dual needle systems that utilize two threads.