I got an overlocker! oooh boy was I excited to use it, but truth be told, I knew nothing about what supplies to buy, how to thread it, how to turn it on, etc. I think I’ll be learning about how to use it for the rest of 2019! My cousin got me the Brother 1034D overlocker, seen in this pic here:
For my first overlocker experiment, I chose a quick make that I’ve been eyeing on Instagram for a few months – the Morning Glory Top from Sarah Kirsten (link here!) As this was my first time using this pattern, I didn’t want to cut into any fancy fabric in my stash quite yet. I used about 1.5 yards some quilting cotton I got from the clearance sale at Joann Fabrics at ~$3/yard.
What I particularly loved about this pattern was that you had to take your own measurements and cut out the fabric pieces accordingly, with one larger front piece and two back pieces that tie together. This provided some beginner insight into pattern drafting, which was a total bonus! Also, I didn’t end up wasting 30+ sheets of printer paper like I normally have to with other patterns.
I chose to overlock the seams instead of doing french seams, more for the sake of practicing with the overlocker. If I were to do this pattern again, I’d most likely make the arm holes a little smaller and do french seams, but mostly because I like the look of french seams!
Thoughts on my overlocker: I need to buy more of either black or white overlocker thread because I would rather all the threads be the same color! I watched ~3 YouTube videos to figure out how to thread the dang machine and how to adjust tension appropriately, but honestly I’m just glad it works.
Final Thoughts: super simple beginner-friendly pattern, PLUS super free!!! The whole top can be completed start to finish in 1-2 hours. Definitely would be willing to use this on some fancier fabric like some nice shirting material or crepe 🙂 thanks Sarah Kirsten!!
Y’all know that I am all about the free patterns, see the link to my free pattern round-up here!
Hope y’all are have a great start to 2019!!
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