Things they don’t tell you about overlockers

Recently I bought an overlocker. I’ve been assured that once you get one, you’ll wonder how you ever sewed without it. I duly tried out all the stitches on mine and then decided I’d wait for the right project to come up before I used it for real: one where the fabric was something I wouldn’t mind destroying if it all went horribly wrong.

Well the best laid plans, etc etc. My sewing machine flatly refused to sew the viscose doubleknit fabric I am using for the current project. So I nervously threaded the overlocker and fed a fairly straight seam into it. And then a curved one. And then I sewed the sleeves in. It’s brilliant. It sews through just about anything and it’s seriously fast.

But there’s one thing about it that surprised me. Regular sewing makes quite a bit of mess – at least I’m always surprised by the state of the floor round the sewing table. But the overlocker spreads its fuzz even further than the sewing machine. Specifically, all over your face. I don’t notice it until I take my make up off, but the cotton wool comes out grey! Does this happen to anyone else?

2 thoughts on “Things they don’t tell you about overlockers

  1. Hehe! Yes they do make a mess, some fabrics worse than other mind you 🙂 Wait until you look inside while cleaning it! I clean my overlocker twice as often as I clean my regular machine and always after a wool project – that fluff sticks to everything plastic and organic 🙂

  2. I still need to fix the differential feed knob on mine so not had any more practice so I shall have to watch out for this fuzz-production LOL!

    Hmmm… I wonder if a mini version of one of those static feather dusters (the ones with all the very thin hair-like yellow filaments) would work to get inside all of the crevices, nooks ‘n’ crannies inside of the machine to de-lint it?

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