Well, I’m quite surprised to be saying that 6 months into my sewing adventure I am the proud owner of a shiny new overlocker! When I say surprised I did buy it so obviously it’s not that surprising, just not something I expected to have so early on in my sewing journey and quite a few people would probably say it’s too soon (from what I’ve read!). Although I’ve been looking at them for 3 months so it could have been worse!
Initially I was looking at second hand ones on eBay, but got scared off by horror stories I read about buying broken machines and it costing hundreds to fix them. Then I won some money in our weight loss group at work, it was a “rollover” month and I won a hundred pound, I’d also won £30 a few months earlier and then I won £25 on the lottery! I saw this as the universe telling me I needed an overlocker and started looking at new ones as they were now in my budget.
I watched lots of you tube reviews and scoured the internet and it seemed to be the Brother 1034d which was screaming out at me to buy it! I discovered it in my price range (ish) as it had been discontinued.
I spent weeks trying to find a shop local that had one in stock to have a go on, but this just was not happening as they were all sold out. Then the Brother 3034DWT caught my eye and it was (quite) a bit more expensive but had extra things with it that in my mind justified the cost and it was on offer on GUR Sewing machine site so I ordered it. Ironically when I got the invoice arrived I realised they were in Birmingham (about 45 mins away) so I could have gone and looked at them!
Anyway, I didn’t, but luckily I’m very pleased with it, only just played properly today as ive had an awful week at work and had a migraine the day it arrived so couldn’t face opening it.
I’m ashamed to say I’ve not opened the instruction book.or watched the DVD yet, but I did watch lots of tutorials for this model on you tube so cracked on with it! I wanted something easy I’d made before so naturally I went for the New Look 6532!
This was my first trip into the world of slippery fabric but it was no problem on the overlocker but it was a nightmare sewing the binding on!
Doesn’t it look lovely:
I think my tension is ok? I haven’t really fiddled much though, I’ll save that until after I’ve watched the DVD.
I got so excited to be using the overlocker I sewed the shoulder pieces on upside down, but I think I kind of saved it.
I didn’t pattern match the shoulders because of my error but the back seem is matched quite well.
I also finished another top this morning and have washed some fabric for another top! My wardrobe is so top heavy. I’d like a nice denim skirt pattern if anyone knows of one? Or a skirt that could be made in denim.
I’m now saving for an eventual machine upgrade but that’s going to take a while and I need to find myself a more permanent sewing space first!