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From: Charlotte5
Date: 10-18-2006, 11:14 AM (1 of 4)
Hello Ladies

It's me again - on the scrounge for help and advice yet again!

My new subject is overlockers. I've never used one before and I don't own one and to tell you the truth I have no idea when one is to be used and in what garments. Also, what is more popular/common: the 3 or 4 thread overlocker.

I have again scoured Google and again to no avail - I sometimes wonder if the internet is a Godsend for certain types of information.

I hope someone will be able to shed some light on to this subject and apologises if I have annoyed you with yet more questions.

With thanks and blessings.

User: Charlotte5
Member since: 10-14-2006
Total posts: 10
From: MartySews
Date: 10-18-2006, 03:34 PM (2 of 4)
Hi Charlotte,
An overlocker is basically a serger (just different terminology). It forms stitches by looping over one another with the needle thread holding the stitch in place - hence the term overlock. I have a nice serger that I use for garment construction, hemming, seam finishing and am starting to venture into decorative stitching. I love it as it goes quicker than the sewing machine and gives my garments that ready to wear look. It's not meant to replace the sewing machine but to enhance one's work. I'm hoping for my birthday next week to get some of the specialty feet for my serger.
Happy Stitching!
It takes one moment to change a life.
User: MartySews
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 504
From: plrlegal
Date: 10-18-2006, 03:35 PM (3 of 4)
Charlotte there's a forum on here strictly for sergers (overlockers) and a 4 thread serger is the most common although there are several brands that have 5 threads or more to them. I had a 5 thread Singer that I wore the tension disks out in and opted for a new 4 thread as I seldom used the 5th thread (chain stitch). Sergers (overlockers) can be used in combination with your sewing machine to finish seams in a garment or alone to make a complete garment, especially t-shirts. I have even seen some posts where they're being used to construct quilts although I've have yet to try that. You can live without a serger (overlocker) but once you have one you'll wonder why you didn't invest in on sooner.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: paroper
Date: 10-18-2006, 07:10 PM (4 of 4)
I am a rather traditional seamstress. I use traditional methods of construction but I use the serger for some seams like crotch seams that need finish and extra thread..and I use it to finish almost all my seams. Not all 5 threads are coverstitch..some are chain. I have machines that do each. I really enjoy the 2 thread rolled hem and I use the 3 thread serge a lot...4 thread less often. I have a serger set up for coverstitch and one for chainstitch and overlock..don't use very often. Then I have the serger that I do the 2-3-4 thread serge on... There are a lot of different options out there. My coverstitch will do an adjustable 2 or 3 thread coverstitch.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
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