This post is all about my Overlocker - and rolled hems
The Brother 3034D from Jaycotts
An overlocker is used to finish most seams very neatly, it can be used as a hem, it can be used instead of a regular sewing machine to stitch stretch fabrics together. It can be in a matching thread or a contrast.
You will either want to rush in and use it straight away (me) or you will sit looking at in in fear for ages! Which ever you are, do take time to sit down and read your manual, please don't be tempted to jump straight in with no idea of what you are doing.
Take a photo of the factory settings , print it and keep it with your manual. This will be the most useful thing you can do, as you will want to refer to it in the future
My YouTube video showing the machine in more detail.
What accessories come with the machine?
The first thing you notice is the Blue Thread catcher on the front of the machine. This does what its name implies - it catches the threads and bits of fabric trimmed off during the overlocking process.
To remove it in order to empty it or to access the threading mechanism simply pull it towards you.
This particular machine also comes with a bed extension or table, it can easily be removed for free arm sewing.
This machine comes with the following
Thread nets which are used to tame some polyester threads.
Thread spool caps which you may need when using smaller bobbins of thread.
A cleaning brush
A Blind hem foot - which is amazing as with it you can overlock and sew a blind hem in one process
A gathering foot
And a piping foot.
Other feet and accessories are available from Jaycotts.
I am going to show you how to do one process on the machine, in another post I will show you how to do a blind hem.
The Rolled Hem
It is used where a decorative effect is wanted on a very fine fabric, a scarf, lingerie or table linen and so on. After it has been sewn very fine wire can be threaded through it to make a structured item eg fairy wings.
A lot of people are scared of their overlockers and do not use them to their full potential. The only way to get to grips with it is to use it. Don't be afraid of it, there are lots of tutorials on the internet if your manual does not give you the answer and it is all part of Jaycotts after care service too, so if you have a niggling little problem, for example you cannot get the tension right give Jacotts a call and they will help you.
The telephone number is at the bottom of the page
No matter what make of overlocker you own, get your manual out and read the instructions alongside these.
To sew a narrow rolled hem we need to remove the stitch finger and one needle.
Look in your manual to locate the stitch finger and pull it out by raising the presser foot lever, pull all threads to the back of the machine and then open the front cover. Turn the machine off by the way.
Turn the hand wheel until the upper looper is at its highest position
Then pull the stitch finger to the right and remove it.
you need to remove the LEFT needle , removing the thread too
Adjust the stitch width dial until it is at R position
Then adjust the stitch length to R. Do a test on some spare fabric (both layers together to mimic the actual hem) if you need to adjust your stitch length of width then do it until you are happy with the result.
When you are happy stitch your rolled hem close to the edge When you have finished sewing tie your ends off neatly and put your machine back to normal.
A narrow overlocked rolled hem threaded with fine wire or fishing line makes as amazing hem on this dance dress
Use a metallic thread in the needle and a thread which matches your fabric or veil in the lower looper and create another beautiful edge.
And that's It.
Don't forget that as with any machine the lint needs cleaning out after every use, and the needles need changing frequently too. You may need to replace the blades eventually, depending on how much you use it - I use mine a lot - but Jaycotts can sort that out for you.
There are plenty of different overlockers to choose from, so do have a look and don't forget to telephone Jaycotts (or visit) if you need help deciding Overlockers At Jaycotts
Telephone Jaycotts.co.uk on 01244 394 099 if you have any questions or to place an order.