Do You Need an Overlocker?
People often ask about the difference between a sewing machine and an overlocker. A sewing machine and an overlocker have similar functions but there are differences that make them highly complementary.
Overlockers are also known as sergers. They specialise in knitting edges of cloth to give a neat and professional finish that will not fray.
While a sewing machine can take only two cones of thread, an overlocker can take up to eight cones of thread to prevent fraying by looping the thread around the edge.
Overlockers have loopers, which loop the thread on the edge of the fabric. They also have a blade, which works by trimming as it stitches. For a quality rolled hem, it is advisable to use an overlock machine rather than a sewing machine.
Advantages of an Overlocker
Here are just a few of the advantages of using an overlocker:
- They are really fast (up to 5000 stitches per minute) and can stitch a double row of straight stitch, and a neat raw edge finish at once.
- It creates a professional-looking finishing touch.
- It simultaneously trims your fabric to match the overlocked edge, so you will have no visible raw edges. The cutters on an overlock sewing machine engage automatically, allowing the machine to create a finished seam easily and quickly.
- Using the rolled-hem function will give your sewing project a beautiful narrow edge finish.
- There are many different stitches available to design.
- It saves a lot of time.
If you are considering buying new sewing equipment, consider an overlocker. Once you get used to the somewhat trickier threading process, especially for those of us who enjoy working with stretch knits and cottons, the overlocker really is a game changer, and you will love the more professional results.