I have a confession. I have bought an overlocker. Why do I feel guilty? Because now I’ve got it, I don’t actually think I really needed it, I think I could have managed with my regular machine and sewn knits with a zig zag. Also, I don’t really feel good enough in my sewing world to move on to this landmark stage just yet, there is so much to learn and I’m afraid I’ll just stick to the simple stuff. This might actually be the equivalent of buying an MacBook Pro when all you’d do with it is shop on the internet (I haven’t done that, don’t worry) …
Sod it! I like it, it’s blooming clever and look, I made a dress with it!
Oh dear, it’s a fine stripe stretch knit that makes your eyes a bit funny when photographed, so bare with me …
The overlocker is the Brother 1034D and I bought it from a local shop where I was given a demonstration and the offer of a free lesson whenever I fancied, I could take one home there and then and he gave me a good deal, sold. At home, I looked at the box for a week or so, then late one night, I decided I couldn’t put it off any longer and on a whim, started the dress as an introduction to learning about what my new toy could do.
I used my Simplicity 2444 pattern for the bodice, using only two pieces as a zip wouldn’t be necessary with this and the skirt is just two rectangles, pleated at the waist.
I played a bit with using the overlocker to sew the edge of my facing first, that went well, so I sewed the shoulder seams too. It’s actually very easy to use and oh so satisfying – no raw edges. I did a lot of switching nervously from one machine to another but maybe in future I’ll get a system worked out for that.
Look at these lovely little complex stitches! (notice how they are in the white that the machine came ready threaded in!)
Now, this is where I sound very stupid and I appeal to your patient natures to help me through this bit …How do you hem with an overlocker like this? Do you overlock the edge and then turn it up and zigzag on your ordinary machine? Do you blind stitch (which I believe involves removing a needle, please don’t make me remove a needle!), or should I have turned up and hand stitched? Oh, so much to learn.
Don’t even get me thinking of re-threading! I do love the top tip of tying the threads to the new spools but the whole thing gives me a nervous tummy.
So, as you can see, I’m an absolute novice and I need a
little lot of time to get my head around this. A day to immerse myself totally in the world of overlocking is on the horizon but in the meantime any hints would be welcomed most warmly.
I’m quite pleased with the dress, well, sort of, but I really do need to take up that offer of a free lesson. If it’s not too late.