Overlock Sewing Machine – Facts To Be Aware Of

Nancy asks…

How do I sew an overlock stitch without an overlock sewing machine? (reg. simplicity sewing machine)?

admin answers:

You can’t really do a true overlock stitch, but you can do an overedge stitch, and there are usually several possibilities, ranging from letting the right swing of the zigzag stitch go just off the edge of the fabric, to stitches that look more like serging,

like one that looks like a zigzag between two lines of straight stitching, or one that looks rather blanket-stitch-ish.

A foot with a rudder on the right side or in the middle so you can push the seam allowance up against the rudder can be useful.

Paul asks…

How to finish a seam with an overlock machine?

I just bought an overlock sewing machine, but I don’t know how to close the seam. In a regular machine I just press the reverse button and close the sewing so it wont open, but with this machine every time I sewed something the seam start opening at the end. How can I close the seam?

admin answers:

There are several possibilities…

1) If this seam will be crossed by another, nothing needs to be done (just like sewing machine seams)

2) You can cut the chain off even and use a sealant like Fray Block. Not my favorite.

3) You can pull the chain tails back into the stitching with a “knit picker” type latch hook, a tiny crochet hook, or a tapestry needle (I prefer the tapestry needle) — this is my usual finish.

4) You can tie an overhand knot in the thread chain right up against the end of the seam. To do this neatly, tie the overhand knot, but leave a little loop. Put a pin into the loop and snug the loop up against the end of the seam while pulling on the chain tail. Cut off the excess chain. I use this finish for something that will need hard wear, but I don’t like the little lump.

5) Unpick the serger chain (easiest is to just lift out the needle threads right at the end of the seam), tie a square knot using all threads, and clip excess. Fast and easy, but be careful to clip close to the knot.

6) As for #5, but thread the threads into an embroidery needle and run

them back into the stitching, making a couple of small backstitches to secure them, then clipping.

Helen asks…

Can my regular sewing machine do overlock stitch like the Serger?

I have a regular sewing machine. It’s a singer 40 stitch machine. It has a stitching on there that kind of looks like it could be the overlock stitch (something the serger does — stitch and cut), but I will have to manually cut the fabric and it doesn’t really “overlock” the fabric. I know sergers are design to only overlock, I want a regular sewing machine but was wondering if I can buy an extra piece or attachment to have this effect of the overlocking and cutting. Im not sure if they even make that. Can someone please help?

admin answers:

The bottom line answer is “no”. Even if you have a stitch that looks like the one a serger makes, it won’t be the same. The serger uses 2, 3 or 4 threads and the tensions when running are completely different. A serger also has two threads that are designed to wrap the edge. Regular sewing machines can’t do this. I have a “Cut and Sew” attachment for my Bernina sewing machines. It does the job but not adequately and compared to my serger, it’s incredibly slow. If you want an edge that looks serged, you should use a serger. I don’t know of another sewing brand that makes a “Cut and Sew” attachment.

Lizzie asks…

Where can I find free sewing machine manuals for an Elna T34D Overlock serger and an Elna 2006 sewing machine?

These machines are slighty older models, given to me by my grandmother. She no longer has the paperwork and doesn’t remember how to use them. I’m looking for free instruction manuals for both machines.

Thank you

admin answers:

Go to their particular web site or Google that question; you will get an answer either way

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