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New overlocker

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: New overlocker
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2021, 17:18:21 PM »
I generally like my overlocker threads to match, so another vote for buying 4 reels of Moon thread.  BTW, you can also get larger cones of Moon thread.

BrendaP

Re: New overlocker
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2021, 22:39:58 PM »
A tip for buying extra shades is to buy 1 cone and wind off onto 2 or 3 machine bobbins if you want a match for a particular garment. Also have a light grey and a dark grey and maybe an off white or cream. You can mix shades as well say a darker for the upper looper thread, that is normally on top side, (think of a turned up hem on a skirt or trouser) and one that isn't quite such a good match for the under looper.

Winding from a cone onto a machine bobbin is OK for needle threads (assuming your bobbins will fit onto the overlocker's spool pins) but not practical for the looper threads as they use so much more thread.  As a minimum you need two cones of any colour.
Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.

BrendaP

Re: New overlocker
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2021, 22:47:45 PM »
I generally like my overlocker threads to match, so another vote for buying 4 reels of Moon thread.  BTW, you can also get larger cones of Moon thread.

But be aware that Moon is a bit thicker than 'regular' sewing thread such as Guetermann SewAll.  It's fine for thicker fabrics, but if you are using the overlocker for neatening seam allowances you probably don't want the extra bulk.  The big cones of overlocker thread are thinner than SewAll.  Also on a pennies per yard or cents per metre basis the large cones work out cheaper in the end. 

Start with the basic colours then add more as and when you need to.  Either buy cones in sets of four or two vaguely matching cones for the loopers and two smaller spools for the needles.
Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.

Helen M

Re: New overlocker
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2021, 23:24:30 PM »
Winding from a cone onto a machine bobbin is OK for needle threads (assuming your bobbins will fit onto the overlocker's spool pins) but not practical for the looper threads as they use so much more thread.  As a minimum you need two cones of any colour.

I wind from a cone of overlock thread so I can use on the other looper thread and needle/s. My machine bobbins fit my Brother overlocker spool pins okay I've always used the spool caps to prevent them moving just in case
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