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How to Sew an Overlock Stitch

Learn how to sew an overlock stitch from founder Cynthia Mann in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Cynthia Mann and we're here today at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Hi, I'm Melissa Lunden; I'm the resident seamstress here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog tutorials and sew samples of Birch's line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. Hi, so, we're going to talk about how to sew an overlock stitch. We are going to use my surger or my overlock machine. It's a little bit different than a regular sewing machine. As you can see, it has four threads instead of two and it has a little blade that cuts the fabric as you are sewing. It really works well with jersey which the stretch woven knit. And what you do is lift up your presser foot, put your fabric in. And so, as you can see the blade actually trimmed the fabric as it sewed in an encased the edge of the material, so the edge is finished. It won't unravel. It won't roll up. You can also use the machine in addition to sewing edges. You can actually use it to just sew the two pieces together. You can do this after you've sewn a regular seam. Or you can just do it in a lieu of it. As you can see, sewed a really cute, little, mini skirt. And you can, nice and durable. And the seams are all finished. Another way to use your overlock machine is to finish the edges of a garment like this. This is just a regular cotton. And the garment, all of the seams have been finished with the overlock. It will help keep the garment really well constructed. You won't have any fraying in the seam allowances. And it will just, it'll look so much more professional. Some regular machines have a version of an overlock stitch where it will be a zigzag. And since your regular machine didn't have that little blade what you do is after you run that stitch, you just cut very close to the zigzag stitch.

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