How to Sew an Overlock Stitch | Sewing Lessons

Hi, I’m Cynthia Mann and we’re here today
at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Hi, I’m Melissa Lunden; I’m the resident seamstress
here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog
tutorials and sew samples of Birch’s line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. Hi, so, we’re going to talk about how to sew
an overlock stitch. We are going to use my surger or my overlock
machine. It’s a little bit different than a regular
sewing machine. As you can see, it has four threads instead
of two and it has a little blade that cuts the fabric as you are sewing. It really works well with jersey which the
stretch woven knit. And what you do is lift up your presser foot,
put your fabric in. And so, as you can see the blade actually
trimmed the fabric as it sewed in an encased the edge of the material, so the edge is finished. It won’t unravel. It won’t roll up. You can also use the machine in addition to
sewing edges. You can actually use it to just sew the two
pieces together. You can do this after you’ve sewn a regular
seam. Or you can just do it in a lieu of it. As you can see, sewed a really cute, little,
mini skirt. And you can, nice and durable. And the seams are all finished. Another way to use your overlock machine is
to finish the edges of a garment like this. This is just a regular cotton. And the garment, all of the seams have been
finished with the overlock. It will help keep the garment really well
constructed. You won’t have any fraying in the seam allowances. And it will just, it’ll look so much more
professional. Some regular machines have a version of an
overlock stitch where it will be a zigzag. And since your regular machine didn’t have
that little blade what you do is after you run that stitch, you just cut very close to
the zigzag stitch.