Overlockers, sergers as they
are known in North America and some other parts of the world, are
one of the most useful items in the sewer's workroom after the sewing
machine or computer. This is a short guide to some of the stitches
and their use. A number of the features are unique to Bernina.
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Overlockers - some of the uses
clothes and T-shirts, body-clinging swimwear and silk scarves are
difficult on a sewing machine but easy with an overlocker. For sewing
speed on stretchy seams, fabrics that fray, sequins or beads an
overlocker is the answer.
Overlocking is three sewing tasks done at the same time
and done quickly. A seam is sewn to join layers of fabric, the edge
trimmed to provide a neat finish and the trimmed edge oversewn to
The cover stitch is found on High Street clothing such as T-shirts,
sports clothes and loose stretchy items.
standard cover stitch has 2 or 3 rows of stitches 5 or 2.5mm
apart on one side and decorative stitching on the other. Frequently
used on the
hems of T-shirts and sportswear and for sewing elastic and
Specially engineered feet are used
on Bernina overlockers:
Blind Stitch foot
Make your own sports and leisure wear with an overlocker.
There are several variations
of overlock and cover stitch using different numbers of threads.
Standard overlock stitches. The general purpose 4 thread
has limited stretch and an integrated safety seam to prevent unravelling. The 3-thread has more stretch and is used extensively in sportswear. The 2 thread is used for neatening when less thread is desirable.
The very elastic 3 thread super-stretch is used for swimwear, lycra etc., the 3 thread narrow seam for fine fabrics and the 2 thread wrapped for decorative finishing on firm fabrics.
The 3 and 2 thread rolled hems are used for the rounded
hems on scarves, linings and handkerchieves.
stitches are used for an attractive finish on visible seams.
The seam lies flat and gives the characteristic look of patchwork
Be creative with a wide choice of fabrics using your Bernina
There is more information on overlock presser feet under overlocker accessories on the Bernina accessory shop site.