Whilst making The Mandy Skirt, I thought I’d take a quick photo of my work as I overlocked the seams on my cream satin lining.
Slippery fabrics can be quite tricky on the overlocker. The four threads, closely stitched, can make these less stable fabrics really pucker up as they go through the machine. To address this, I do the following.
As soon as an inch or two of the fabric has gone through the overlocker, I catch hold of the end and pull it really pretty taut. I keep it taut as the rest of the seam line moves through the overlocker. It helps a lot. A quick press with the iron, and wiggly, puckered seam lines are totally avoided. You may find that your stitching becomes more spread out because of the tug, but that’s no biggie. Here are my finished lining seams:
To some of my readers, I may just have pointed out the screamingly obvious – but to new Sewists or owners of overlockers, this may not be obvious at all. And never let it be said that I am above pointing out the screamingly obvious!
I’d also like to mention how I’ve been hemming the fashion fabric. I whizz the raw edge through the overlocker, turn over a scant 13mm, press and sew on the sewing machine. Job neatly and quickly done!
Does anyone else have tips for working with slippery fabrics on an overlocker?
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