I must confess that I do not use either of my sergers to their full potential. They are usually used for seam finishing to give my garments that interior polished professional quality that I insist on having. I just haven't had the time to pull my resource books off the shelf to sit down to practice sessions with them. Well, maybe one day...
But today (maybe you already knew this, but for the sake of those who don't) I learned the difference in the 4 thread & 3 thread overlock stitch. I always use the 4 thread overlock stitch and 9 and a half times out of 10 it works just perfectly for seam finishing be it on knits or wovens.
- I knew that in having both needles threaded, of course this means that all 4 cones are being used simultaneously
- But, I didn't know that the left needle is 1/4 inch away from the cutting blade
- I didn't know that the 4 thread overlock produces a strong reinforced stitch perfect for wovens but is o.k. to use on knits as well
- I didn't know that the 3 thread overlock stitch produces a stretchier stitch
- or that if I want a narrower stitch to use the right needle vs using the left needle if I need a wider stitch.
I must give credit to Nancy's new book for this information