I am just about to purchase my very first overlocker. I have been looking at the Janome range, model 204D (I live in Eurpoe, so I do hope the model numbers are the same!) It seems very good value for money and has a differential feed.
Any tips on what else to look out for. I don’t know much about overlocking, but I know I like the decorative stitch that you see on the outside of some garments, I think it usually covers a seam, is this what they refer to as a cover stitch? It seems that the more expensive ones have this option.
Any advice will be greatly received.
Veronica, There is a difference between coverlock and overlock. With an overlock serger you can do several stitches, overlock, rolled hem and a flatlock stitch either a 2 thread or a 3 thread to get a decorative stitch on the outside of a garment. Yes, coverhem machines are usually more expensive. Some sergers do both coverhem and overlock stitches and some machines are coverlock only or overlock only. The coverhems can also do a chain stitch that can be used decoratively. Some coverhems machines do only one size coverhem..like the double seam narrow while others might do a double seam narrow and wide stitch and also a triple seam coverhem. You can use this hemstitch to just hem a garment or for other things like making belt loops etc. or use decoratively and use the stitch with the underside on the top. If the 4 thread serger you purchase is to do a 2 thread stitch it will need to come with a converter in order to do a 2 thread. This converter stops the ability of the upper looper to function so the 2 thread stitch is done with only the lower looper and needle thread. Not all 4 thread sergers come with a converter to do the 2 thread stitch but they can still do 3 and 4 thread stitches. Some sergers you need to change the needle plate to do a rolled hem stitch and some have an automatic feature that changes the stitch finger without changing the plate. I hope you enjoy your new serger which ever one you choose. Janomes are good sturdy sergers that usually require little repair over time.
Thank you for your response to my question.
I have ended up ordering the Janome 744D which does have the ability to change to a rolled hem just by flipping a lever. I'm sure I will be very pleased with this machine as I already have a Janome sewing machine which I have owned for 16 yrs now and have had no probs at all with it and it stitches wonderfully too!
Thanks for your help, now wish me luck playing with my new 'toy' which is arriving on Weds!
Congratulations Veronica. I think you will enjoy the 744 more than if you would have gotten the 204. You will have so much fun learning all that your serger can do. It is a highly rated serger and I hope it lasts you many years. I find the more I use my serger the more I find it can do. The little beasts are time saving machines that give professional results..and..they are so much fun..:)
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