As I mentioned in my previous post, I was given an overlocker or serger for my birthday! And before we get much further I’d like to ask if anyone knows the difference between the two? It seems that people in New Zealand talk about overlockers and the American blogs I’ve read talk about sergers. EHow tells me that they are pretty much the same except that sergers can do a few more stiches – is that true? For argument’s sake, I’ll refer to it as an overlocker in this post because I’m more comfortable with that term
So here is my birthday gift – a Baby Lock BL097
This is IMMENSELY EXCITING for me because since taking up sewing again, in January this year, I have completed 15 items of clothes – 9 dresses, 4 skirts, and three tops (and have three more dresses and a cape waiting patiently to be finished *cough cough*). That is to say – this year I’ve been mad keen on sewing. And I set myself a wee goal, that if I was still sewing next January I would buy myself an overlocker. However, when the opportunity presented itself I couldn’t pass it up.
I’m not sure about the situation in other blogger’s homelands, but in New Zealand overlockers are hideously expensive, generally starting at $800, compared to sewing machines which can start at $200. So when this model came on sale and it coincided with my birthday, it was as though fate had it written in the stars. Mum and I went halve-sies and since then I’ve been overlocking like it’s going out of fashion.
I took great joy in overlocking as I sewed my Lady in Red dress on Sunday; I’ve also overlocked the lining of my yellow Kate Middleton dress (above), yet another WIP; and I’ve overlocked this mystery item (below) which I’ll tell you about next time:
There is an awful lot of chatter on the internet about how nervous-breakdown-inducing threading an overlocker is and I’m sure this chatter is only aided by scenes like this, which I am the first to say, look intimidating
the inside of my overlocker
…and the fact that it comes with several tools – including this vaguely threatening looking pair of tweezers – doesn’t help
And I may be new to this game, but patience goes a long way. I know, call me Sally the Sage. But truly, I’d never threaded an overlocker until this week and if I can do it then it must be dead simple. On the inside of this Baby Lock there is a colour coded guide of how to thread this machine
If all else fails, follow the instructions…
– An old family saying