Before I had an overlocker I remember seeing tutorials and pattern instructions everywhere that asked me to overlock my edges or seams. I remember feeling a bit excluded from the ‘overlocker owners’ club, and frustrated that I was left to finish my seams with a zigzag stitch or boring, old-fashioned and time consuming seam finishes like binding or French seams.*
* (Please note that the ‘boring and old fashioned’ judgement stemmed purely from envy – It’s nonsense. The non-overlocked seam finishes are almost always the most beautiful and the strongest. But I was blinded by ‘I want an overlocker, it’s not fair’. Now I have an overlocker I look for reasons not to use it – ha, there’s no pleasing some people!)
When I started designing my own patterns and writing their instructions I wanted to be as inclusive as possible – nobody should feel that they can’t play in my gang because they don’t have an overlocker – but we don’t always have time for bound seams, we don’t always want the extra bulk, and French seams really don’t like curves. So what can we do?
Simple – pull out your sewing machine manual and take a look at the overcasting stitches that your machine is capable of – you may find you never never need to reach for your overlocker again!