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Who wanted a new sewing machine?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by thistledoo, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. thistledoo

    thistledoo Senior commenter

    A little while ago someone was thinking of buying a new sewing machine and asked for recommendations.

    The poster said they would wait.

    Well, Lidl have their sewing machine and overlocker offers on this week.
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  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

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  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh. posted at the same time as marlin. Great minds. . . .:)
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  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It certainly wasn't me!

    They terrify me and my sewing is sock-darning and taking up hems. The devil's tool!
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  6. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    My OH got a Lidl overlocker a couple of months ago - and very excited about it too! Looks a bit Heath Robinson to me!
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  7. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Thanks all!

    I've been otherwise occupied until now.

    I shall go and have a look later.
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  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Bloody HELL! What is that thing???

    I saw it in Lidl today.

    What is overlocking???

    Is it like blanket stitch? I have never knowingly sewn anything in my life. My mother did it all until I was allowed to give it up. :eek::eek::eek:
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  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well I suppose it is similar to a blanket stitch, in that it finises off the edges. However it is a type of zig-zag stitch which sews and finishes off the edge at the same time -to avoid fraying.
    Some even trim the material at the same time.
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  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Thank you @Lara mfl 05

    How is that even possible? How does a machine DO that??? :eek:
    It's like magic.
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  11. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I've toyed with the idea of getting an overlocker but that machine is seriously scary. I wouldn't know where to start or where to get those cones of thread in the right colours.
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  12. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    There's only £10 off the overlocker!! I was tempted but doubt whether I'd use it often enough to justify spending £120 on a machine that would gather dust!
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  13. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    They're not all as complicated as the one in the picture. That one is a four thread one. Those cones are not that difficult to buy. Son regularly buys some for his business.
    [​IMG] This looks slightly less scary?
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  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You see, I look at that and think it must be some kind of kitchen utensil. Some hybrid slicer/spiraliser thing.

    Or a Disney robot from a kiddie film.

    But it doesn't say 'sewing machine'. It says 'what sorcery is this'.
  15. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I've looked more closely at the Lidl one and it says you can use 2, 3 or 4 cones. There are two branches of Lidl near me I might go and check them out tomorrow and see if they have any left.
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  16. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Of course you can. There are many different overlocking stitches requiring different cones.

    Attached Files:

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  17. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Dear Gawd, can't we have something simpler like threads on rocket science or neurosurgery???!!!

    How do people learn this? How do you get this knowledge?
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  18. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    My next door neighbour has eight sewing machines, including some that you programme and they appear to do pretty designs all on their own. I can't fathom it. My mum used to have a Singer with a treadle thing. I could never thread the needle.

    Next door neighbour's husband has fifteen computers, so I guess she has some catching up to do.
  19. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    In my case, 'from my mother's knee'. Like her mother before her, through necessity, she had to sew her own clothes.
    I made my first outfit aged 8, a skirt and embroidered bolero. I never had to look at the order of what to do when, because I knew 'instinctively' what came next / needed doing first. Probably because I'd watched my mother do it so many times it had become 'ingrained' without my being aware I'd learnt it.
  20. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    My son has just bought his fourth sewing machine for his business. From a good old fashioned (circa 1930s) sturdy and sews through pretty nearly everything machine to a very modern, also expensive, machine which does embroidery.
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