Or, why Ebay is evil/awesome.
I first used an overlocker at my beginners sewing class when we still lived on the Gold Coast, about 2 years ago. We really only used it then for seam finishes, and to be honest the price of a new one always made me go into heart palpitations so I never really gave much thought to getting one.
But now and again I’d think it would be nice to have one, and talking to Helen at October Social Sewing planted a bit of a seed and I found myself thinking about it more and more, so I set up an Ebay watch list and left it in the hands of the universe. I set myself a limit, got hopelessly outbid on one, and to my surprise, won the auction on this one:
I had to track down the manual online, and it doesn’t have a case, but the lovely lady who sold it to me swears black and blue it was serviced about a year ago and has rarely been used since she inherited it from her mum (for $80, I’m choosing to believe her). It came already threaded with white, but most of my clothing is dark (like my soul?) so I wanted to rethread it with some grey.
The manual I tracked down (from the manufacturer I might add) is a dodgy photocopied version and isn’t all that clear anyway so for a while I just stared at it and tried to will a threading miracle. Eventually I noticed that the whole thing is colour coded, and even without numbers, I figured it out eventually. Some minor fiddling with tension dials later and I give you The Overlocker That Could.
I have no huge plans for it just yet, though I suspect 2014 will be the Year of the Knit. Let the experiments begin!