Looking to create a professional-looking finish to your sewn garments? Then you may want to invest in an overlocker. Overlockers are used by professional seamstresses and by the trade to create neat, tailored edging and hems to clothing, bedding and many other sewing projects. Available to use with three or four threads, overlockers allow you to do top-stitching in multiple colours too and any remaining remnants of fabrics are neatly trimmed to allow you to create flat seams. Here at Spotlight, choose from several well-known brands of overlockers including Brother, Semco and Elna.
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Can I buy overlockers at Spotlight?
Yes, you can. At Spotlight, we have a range of overlockers available that will offer durable and stable performance at high speeds. Ensuring that you can quickly and efficiently create a professional looking finish to your textile projects. Shop online or in-store today for our extensive collection of overlockers from some of the world's top brands, and available today at Spotlight's guaranteed low prices.
What is an overlocker and why do I need one?
Our range of overlocker machines ensure a smooth professional looking finish that uses multiple different threads at the same time. An overlocker sometimes referred to as a serge machine by our North American friends, is super versatile, quick and can achieve a variety of fancy hems and posh stitches, including an overlock. An overlock is a stitch that is used whilst hemming, seaming, or edging, either joining two fabrics together, or you can use an overcast stitch to protect the edges of your material to prevent fraying.
The features of this machine will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to produce a finished item. An overlocker machine will sew, overcast, and trim excess seam allowance all at the same time, helping you to complete your project in record time. They are also extremely efficient at attaching elastic neatly, ideal for waistbands, and can also be used to sew knits with ease, so that you can easily make your own winter woollies.
Which overlocker is right for me?
Well, that depends on personal preference really and how you are planning to use your new gadget. Check out the features by each of our products to figure out exactly what you are looking for from your overlocker. Here at Spotlight, we have a range of overlockers available from world-leading brands such as Singer, Brother, Semco and Elna. All of our machines are sure to provide convenience and speed, whether you are just learning or an experienced seamstress. Shop online or in-store today for all of the top brands, at Spotlight's fabulous great value prices.
How should I balance the tension on my new overlocker from Spotlight?
At Spotlight, we fully recommend that you read the instruction manual that comes with your new purchase prior to use, as each of our machines are likely to be different. On an overlocker, each thread should be threaded individually and you need to be aware of tension control. Balancing the tensions across all of the threads ensures the best possible results.
Similar to a sewing machine, tension refers to the amount of thread that goes into the seam, if you decrease the tension more thread will flow and vice versa. Balancing the tension on your machine depends on what you are hoping to create, and the finished project that you have in mind. There are many factors that influence the tension, including the type of thread, the fabric, and the seam itself, amongst many others. Experts recommend that you place all of tensions on 4 at the beginning, and work from there. We would always advise you to sample your stitches on scrap fabric prior to use, just to make sure they are as intended.
How should I care for and maintain my overlocker?
It is important to clean your overlocker regularly because the machine is cutting the fabric whilst it is sewing, there is an increased risk of lint and dust getting into the machine. This build-up can result in significant problems later, and we would recommend removing all excess material and lint after each use. It is also advised that you get your overlocker machine regularly serviced, around once a year, to keep it running at peak condition.
We also recommend that if you are using your overlocker frequently, you get it professionally serviced.