I have been the proud owner of an overlocker for six years now and sewing is now a great deal easier. I was given the overlocker as a gift from my children. I do have incredibly loving and thoughtful children.
The overlocker was a bit daunting at first but after a couple of lessons from the owners of the shop where the overlocker was purchased I was good to go. I have used the machine many times and it was only recently that I had a problem.
I was sewing and some material got caught between the needle and the throat plate. I tried to remove it but only succeeded in bending the needle. Well that was the beginning of my woes. Those of you who sew will know that a machine doesn’t work if the needle is bent so a needle replacement was necessary. I am embarrassed to say that in the six years I have owned the overlocker I haven’t changed the needles. Apparently they should be changed after a particular number of hours of sewing. I will need to remember that in future.
My woes increased as I was taking out the first needle I dropped it and it fell into the innards of the overlocker. After many attempts to locate the needle I gave up. There was no way to find it. I even asked my husband to have a go and he got out a special tool with a magnet on the end and that didn’t work either. I decided to work on the premise that the needle would have dropped to the bottom of the machine and I tentatively turned the wheel to see if the mechanism rotated ok and it did.
I then had to insert the new needles and I thought I ought to look at the manual before doing so. You should read your manual before you attempt things on your overlocker. 🙂
I hadn’t read the manual carefully and I would have saved myself a lot of trouble if I had read the manual.
There is a little gadget on the inside of the cover of the overlocker and I thought it was just a needle threader but it is much more than that. It is a gadget that holds the needle in the correct way so you can insert it without dropping it into your machine!
Now why didn’t I know that!
I was able to insert the needle and thread the overlocker without too much difficulty once I had read the manual. I discovered that there was a lever I could press that made the threading of the underlooper much easier. I had struggled with this previously and now it is so much easier to thread. I feel totally confident now in threading the overlocker. It is a great machine and I will make sure I change the needles regularly in future.
Do you always read the manual thoroughly before you operate a new machine?