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Re: Brother domestic overlocker?
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2016, 12:46:08 PM »

Its not the needle threads you have to worry about, I have yet to see an overlocker that was any joy to thread the bottom looper. Best addressed with two pairs of long tweezers and a lot of patience. I wear a jewelers headband and use a bright light to do stuff like this.
Have you never seen one with an air threading system? Are they unknown down under?
Baby Lock domestic machines have had air threading for some time, e.g. Baby Lock Evolution. And some Juki machines have it as well (Juki MO-1000), although this one looks to me like a Baby Lock clone. (That goes to show that you can't assume the machine is different when the brand name is different.)
Here are some examples:
Juki MO-1000

Baby Lock Evolution


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Re: Brother domestic overlocker?
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2016, 03:15:30 PM »
Interesting technology and it would certainly take the misery out of threading an overlocker for most people. I would be very wary of auto tensioning and would have to have a very good look at the quality of the results. The noise of the Baby Lock would drive me nuts, the Elna I have is a noisy monster where the Bernina whirs but it is generally a stronger machine. They both have a wide right hand side gap which looks like machines that do a 2 or 3 thread coverstitch.

Most industrials like a Yamato Baby Lock or similar 5 threaders need to be threaded manually but sad to say I could not get one up the stairs. You can buy them for peanuts these days on the second hand market, less than I paid for the Elna that I rarely every use.
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Re: Brother domestic overlocker?
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2016, 08:29:49 PM »
That's a  neat threading system. Generally though I'm against too much ease in things. It's the route to having populations who don't know how to do stuff. It's definitely why more and more people can't cook, change a plug, fix small appliances. On the other hand I accept that there are those who just need guaranteed usage from their tools and don't have time for fixing problems.

In particular I don't like how its getting harder to fix things yourself on modern cars.
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