As a domestic sewist, you do not need an overlock/serger machine to close your seam or create a professional finish. For commercial sewist, I am afraid this jedi-jedi does not apply to you. You still have to purchase an overlock machine-an industrial one for that matter-because of the magnitude of workload you handle, besides you must keep your work neat and professional.
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For domestic sewists like me, what you actually need to close a seam without an overlock/serger machine is a “Singer” in your life, if you can not afford a Brother sewing machine that comes with diverse stitches. Just get a domestic Singer sewing machine and half of your problems are solved.
Trust me when I say, I’m right behind you jawe. I am getting a basic singer sewing machine next!
Apparently from my discovery, Singer is one of the most inventive sewing machine company and what I love most about them is their ability to take into consideration sewists who still use Vintage sewing machine, i.e manual sewing machine. I discovered that by simply attaching the ‘Side Cutter Presser foot’ to your machine(see video below), you can effortlessly close or overlock your seams.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this device anyway in popular Nigerian Online stores like Konga or Jumia. I even took a trip to Jiji and all those Reseller Online stores, but didn’t find any. So in case you’ve stumble on one anywhere in Nigeria, preferably online stores, please holla at your girl. I want one! I need one! Yes it’s that important.
In the meantime, I did find one on International stores. So if you are as desperate as I am, place an order for it on Amazon or Ebay. It is sold for as low as $7.99 , that is N2,878 on Amazon( as at the time of this post).
Another interesting fact I pulled off was that there is a way you can make zig-zag stitches using your vintage(manual) sewing machine for those who do not have electronic zigzag sewing machines. It is by attaching what is called an “Automatic Zig-zagger” also created by Singer to your sewing machine
- Clean Finish which involves closing both sides of the seam by folding them to the wrong side and stitching
- Bound edge: Also called Hong Kong seam finishing which involves using a bias tape to close the seams of a fabric.
- Pink Finish: This type of finish is mostly used for fabrics that do not fray easily. Something that may not be washed or worn a lot is best. It is the simplest finish that requires no sewing.
- Flat felled finish: This is mostly used for garments the see a lot of stress like pants and woven shirts. Look at your jeans – I bet you they have flat felled seams! It is a good seam for these types of garments because it is sturdy and durable. Also – this one is seen from the outside of the garment!
And so on and so forth.
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