So as some of you may know, I bought a Singer overlocker (serger) in the Lidl sale. I've fancied one for ages and finally thought I d go for it. I thought I'd share how I got on!
The day I bought it (same day I did my fabric haul on Goldhawk rd) I got all excited, unpacked it and wanted to get started... but realised that I needed needles for it and of course thread... a lot of thread. Cue some online shopping for these things.
Last weekend, armed with my 4 big spools of cotton, my trusty Agnes pattern and some jersey, I got cracking. I sat there with the instructions and puzzled. and puzzled. Threading this thing is darn complicated. I didn't understand the instructions at all and I d never seen one in use so I really had no idea how the thing worked.
Anyway some You Tube searches sorted me out and I learnt step by step how to thread it I still find it complicated- but I did manage. That also told me what settings to set it all on for a basic medium weight jersey. Then I was off. It was like the grand national the machine goes so fast. I only put the tiniest bit of pressure on the foot and bang- the whole seam was done.
My first sew was a simple Tilly Agnes top - well 2 actually. The first one is a reversible black/grey ponte and the other is a navy and gold jersey. Sewing the reversible fabric is so satisfying... i couldn't stop admiring the contrast stitching on the reverse!!
You don't want to make a mistake on this thing. I was doing a curve, attaching the sleeve to the body. Well I was watching the needles and forgot that the cutter is before the fabric gets to the needle (doh). So the point at which I stopped to pivot the fabric, it already had cut it all wrong. Luckily I cut the fabric big so I had some room to correct (phew!) . You also don't want to have to unpick. I tried a bit. No. I ended up just cutting it off and doing a new hem.
So far I ve not tried anything other than the straightforward 4 thread overlock. I know it does a bunch of other stuff like hems (sounds good but I want to enjoy doing my seams for now and I ll get stressed about that another day) and also you can sew using only 2-3 threads - why, whats that for?, do you just put less threads in the machine? Which ones you do leave out?
I m impressed. I love it. In 2 hours I went from wanting to cry because i was totally clueless and couldn't work it out, to adoring it and overlocking everything in sight!!!
So here is what i made...
And this one I was so happy with i took a picture right way out and inside out!! I didn't want the gold pattern to overwhelm so I only used it for the centre panel on the front... but as a result the inside looks quite nice too!!
Any overlocker tips, tricks etc... let me know... I think I'm hooked. And anyone still on the fence... go on. It will be love at first stitch... even if threading it reduces you to tears ;)