I’ve been hankering after one of these ever since I started sewing. But they scared me. The nightmare threading for one and coping with their hissy fits. This changed when I did the overlocking course at the Make Lounge (sadly no more) last year. In 2.5 hours I conquered my fear. We were shown how to thread a machine, what all the knobs did and how to adjust the tension dials to suit the fabric. After playing around with lots of fabric types and setting the tension dials I ended up with a few samples of perfectly finished fabric. Armed with the knowledge of being able to distinguish my upper looper from my lower looper I came away thinking I can do this!
After saving lots of pennies I’ve decided to splurge out. I went for the Brother 1034d after hearing good things from other bloggers. It came pre-threaded from Sewing Machines Direct who also threw in a set of overlocking threads in black, white and cream, spare needles and an assortment of sewing freebies.
I got it to work straight away as it came pre-threaded. It came with a handy instruction DVD which was really useful as I’m one of those people who only read manuals on pain of death. I also changed the threads as I needed a different colour. The machine has a handy colour coded thread guide which takes the guess work out of what goes where. I won’t lie, changing the threads on an overlocker is a fiddly job. But I got it threaded up and going again – phew. I think once I’ve done it a few times, I’ll be fine.
I love my new toy and am hoping it’ll do wonders for my sewing productivity this year.