So my mother-in-law had an old overlocker hanging around, and when I mentioned I was looking to get one, she offered me the use of hers. It was given to her by a retired dressmaker, and it seems ancient compared to the latest models out there. But it still has some life left in it, so I happily gave it a new home.
However, there have been some issues. The first hurdle was to clean it. It was very dusty, with lint and fluff stuck in every crevice. It took me ages to clean it out, and I’m still finding small nooks and crannies I missed. But it looked a hundred times better after! Here are some after pictures:
It’s a Brother 546D. The second hurdle was to find a manual for it. That took some serious internet hunting. I found a couple, and one was even in English! Once I figured out how to thread it, and bought new needles and some cones for it, all that really remained was to get started, right?
The good news is that it does indeed work. The bad news is that the tension seems continually off, and no amount of adjustment actually adjusts it, if you know what I mean. I rang around and found a sewing machine repair shop, but it turns out their technician hasn’t been in since Christmas Eve. Bummer.
So until I figure out my next step, or until I have a stroke of brilliance that leads to fixing the tension somehow, I guess I’ll go back to zigzag stitching.