I thought I’d post a trick I picked up quite some time after I bought my first overlocker. I bought one mainly for seam finishing, trimming and rolled hems but these machines can do more than I gave them credit for.
It’s handy to know how to finish off the ends overlocked seams, though I don’t always bother because the end of my overlocking gets caught in a seam. Sometimes it doesn’t, and that’s when I “backstitch.”
Stop at the very end of the fabric, turn the flywheel two full rotations towards you to take two complete stitches. Lift the presser foot and gently pull the seam away from you, to release the overlocking stitches from the stitch fingers.
Now, this is the only tricky part. You need to “turn around” so you can overlock back the way you came. Without pulling the threads much, flip the garment over and stick the former bottom and now top of the seam right up close to the needles. Lower the presser foot. Stitch for a few inches.
Then carefully move the seam out of the way so you can veer off and trim the thread tails.
I have a few other tricks to share, if you’re interested.
I had some time today to finish the fiddly bits on my Burda jeans. Nearly there! I included the double back yoke with flat fell seams, but there was no way I could cut a pair of long jeans from my stretch denim meterage. The shop was sold out, I couldn’t get any more of that denim, so I improvised… This fabric is weeeeird.