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Overlock and coverstitch thread hack

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Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« on: April 25, 2017, 14:54:23 PM »
Just read this blog post from 2012, a good way to save some money on thread.

http://moonthirty.com/serger-thread-hack/

Efemera

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 16:44:00 PM »
Great idea.... the other day I had the overlocker, coverstitch and my machine all for one project..that was 8 spools of navy blue thread!

Jo

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 07:29:01 AM »
I only buy one thread cone and use bobbins :D
Had some trouble with them in the beginning when they would sometimes jump off the spool or get tangled because they didn't feed evenly. But that has also been solved :D
When using nylon thread I also use the guard, otherwise it unravels and makes a mess.
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Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2017, 10:34:22 AM »
I use Moon thread for my coverstitcher and my overlocker - 4 reels at 99p or so.  I do then have to swap them to and from each machine of course, but I view that as good threading practice.

Jo

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 11:20:03 AM »
I also use Moon thread for the needles, but when I need something less bulky I use overlocking thread on the loopers that comes in 20.000m cones, so I'd rather buy one and wind some bobbins.
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maliw

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 11:48:53 AM »
My overlocker has decided that it only likes overlocker thread in the needles, after using moon thread quite a few times. It threw a hissy fit and kept snapping needles until I gave in and put it back on the finer thread - a bit of a pain when it's only the needle threads that tend to be visible. I too use bobbins if I'm not doing lots of seams where I need a lot of thread - although bobbins do hold quite a lot.
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Jo

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 12:09:11 PM »
Mine is on the other end: doesn't want thin thread in the needles. It'll break it after just a few stitches.
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Gernella

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2017, 10:13:54 AM »
Well I have used ordinary Gutermann thread on the needles of my Bernina when I've been short of a colour and not had any problems, probably the looper threads might be different.

I did something I've never done before on Wednesday, realised the thread was going to run out on the upper looper, tied more thread on and it sewed through without a hitch. 

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Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2017, 11:43:26 AM »
 :o I didn't know that there was such a thing as overlocking thread.  I've only ever used moon or Gutermann  in my overlocker and touch wood not had a problem with it.

Efemera

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2017, 12:46:35 PM »
I always tie on my overlocker threads and pull them through... sometimes I just stitch when they're joined and it works most of the time... hate it when it doesn't, have to start threading from the beginning. I use cones for everything.

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Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2017, 13:05:25 PM »
<whispers> Mine has an air blower for threading <smug>

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2017, 13:41:59 PM »
<whispers> Mine has an air blower for threading <smug>
I recently got the Babylock coverstitch which has that - it's magic  :)

Tamnymore

Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2017, 14:15:07 PM »
Yes I do that tying on the thread mallarkey and sewing it through. Great when it works, tedious when it doesn't. Jealous of you lot with air threaders. We definitely need a 'smug' icon!
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Re: Overlock and coverstitch thread hack
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2017, 22:19:56 PM »
I recently got the Babylock coverstitch which has that - it's magic  :)

Mines a Babylock as well. I have had it about 15 years.