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tom bennett:
Hi all,

I am looking at replacing my rubbish, cheap singer overlocker.  I have thought about buying a commercial, table and all which I have space for moreover I want an overlocker too and the Brother does that as well.  I have space for separate machines but, of course this is more money, so my question is: would this Brother be a good sibling to my B755? I am quite a fan of Brother technology, I have never really had a bad product from them.


Henry Hall:
Surely this is a domestic overlocker? It looks a bit like mine (for which I wrongly paid 280 >:( ). The production ones are much more pricey and look different.

Have I got the wrong end of the stick here?

the only bad I read  about it was the noise.
But.......... be used as either an overlock or coverstitch  .. (it is in the text of the ad) I do not think it can do a coverstitch.
lg posaune

Henry Hall:
Is a coverstitch the sort of thing you get on t-shirt hems? With two lines of stitching on the outside and a sort of flat serge stitch on the other side?


I have learnt this much about domestic overlockers, if they try to do too much or are electronic, they tend not to do things all that well. My best is an old Bernina 800dl which is still an impeccable machine. I own a very big Elna that does many other things but its a big clunky thing that I don't like all that much.  A 5 thread machine is only really used in low cost production so I would tend to go for a strong 4 thread machine that has manual thread tensions and importantly differential feed. Avoid anything electronic.

On my old Bernina I use #75 thread for the two needles and #120 for the two loopers, a lighter machine will have trouble with the heavier needle thread. If you can get a strong 4 thread machine, if you have a reason for a 3 thread variation you can just remove either needle to get either a wide or narrow overlock.


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