Do you need an overlocker and a sewing machine?
Long answer: No, you don’t need an overlocker, but it gives a more professional finish to many clothes. If you make clothes that you plan to sell, then I would say it is essential! An overlocker creates a stitch that trims and wraps the raw edges of your project and can sew a seam at the seam time.
What stitch to use if you don’t have an overlocker?
Double overedge sttich
Like an overlocker, this stitch could be used to both sew and finish a seam in one go. This is perfect for fabrics that fray heavily.
Can I use my sewing machine as a serger?
Most of the time, yes, you do need an overlock foot for your overlocking stitch. Your machine may have come with one, or you may need to purchase one. Whenever you’re buying afoot, make sure that the brand matches your sewing machine brand. But, the ladder stitch may be the closest in look to a serged edge.
Should you overlock before or after sewing?
You can use the overlocker to finish the seams together after constructing your garment but before doing any topstitching. You’ll want to try on the garment and make sure the fit is spot on before finishing the seams in this way.
Can you overlock by hand?
An overlock stitch can be done by hand or machine. You can choose this type of stitch on a sewing machine and you’re ready to go.