Sewing machine that cuts and wraps the edge of fabric in thread for a finished seam.
Also Known As...
- Overlock Sewing machine
- 5-thread serger
What It's Used For
- Cutting and edging one or more pieces of cloth. The seam inside the bottom of your t-shirts is created using a serger.
- Overlock stitches are extremely versatile, as they can be used for decoration, reinforcement, or construction.
What Did People Use Before This Existed?
- Needle and thread
How Does It Work?
Sews over the edge of one or two pieces of cloth for edging, hemming or seaming. Loopers serve to create thread loops that pass from the needle thread to the edges of the fabric so that the edges of the fabric are contained within the seam. Overlock sewing machines usually run at high speeds, from 1000 to 9000 rpm, and most are used in industry for edging, hemming and seaming a variety of fabrics and products.
Ease of Use