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Date: 11/20/05 8:36 AM

Hi. I have a Brother sewing machine. I recently bought an overlock foot (SA135). It has a bar in the midle of the foot. I tried sewing and the needle crashed into the bar and broke.

My question is do I need to adjust the needle position to the far left or to the far right? Also, the fabric won't feed through. Any suggestions on getting the fabric to move?

Kim

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Date: 11/20/05 9:59 AM

With my Bernina, the overlock foot is made to be used with the overlock stitch. Does your Brother have a special overlock stitch?

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Date: 11/20/05 10:04 AM

I feel your pain. I have broken a couple of needles and the little bar on the foot itself.

You should use a wide zig-zag stitch. If you use one of the overlock stitches, make sure it is one of the ones which won't crash into the bar: Manually turn the handwheel and see where the needle is going to go before you start stitching.

You shouldn't need to adjust the needle position if you are using a zig-zag or overcast stitch.

My Brother manual includes a table which tells you which stitches can be used with the overlock foot. So you might want to check your manual, if you have one.

Align the edge of your fabric against (not under) the little "rudder" on the underside of the foot. If you put the fabric under the rudder, it will not advance.

The overcast foot is intended for sewing along the very edge of the fabric. It keeps the edge from curling under as you zig-zag or overcast it.

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Date: 10/21/09 1:43 AM

I wondered when I would want to use this stitch? Can you offer some examples? I have two overlock stitches on my machine and the foot but am not sure what it is for.

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Date: 10/21/09 2:58 AM

I used it for finishing off the edges of seams when I didn't have a serger. also works well for putting an edge on fabrics before you prewash them. Keeps wovens from raveling.
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Date: 9/24/13 1:09 PM

Can this foot be used for faggoting?

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Date: 9/24/13 1:48 PM

That (your needle hitting the wire or the foot) and breaking it or bending it, actually happens/can happen on any machine with those kind of feet. Has happened to me too, on some, when I was not real careful. The trick is, since there is a piece of metal there, needle and thread needs to always just go over it, and not hit it. To do that, before you ever sew no matter what stitch you try to use or how wide you set that stitch at, you do need to always carefully turn the fly wheel by hand, and test sew a few stitches like that first. And make sure your needle really clears it. If not, then you do have to just make that happen, by the stitch you choose and where your needle comes down also, by the width of the stitch you choose. If not, you could go through and wreck a lot of those kind of feet, and all in a row, just over and over again even.

All that wire does there, is try to hold the fabric down a bit more just right there , so it flags up and down less. You don't really need that kind of foot to use any kind of stitches.
-- Edited on 9/24/13 1:50 PM --

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Date: 9/24/13 2:03 PM

Quote: beauturbo
All that wire does there, is try to hold the fabric down a bit more just right there , so it flags up and down less. You don't really need that kind of foot to use any kind of stitches.

Brother SA135 (with a clear photo)

The overlock foot I use on my Pfaff looks different, but serves the same purpose, in that the needle and thread cross over that bar/wire in the middle of the foot so that the stitch (zig-zag, overlock, whatever wide stitch you are using) forms without tunneling. You can certainly use zig-zag and overlock stitches without an overlock foot, but the advantage is stitch formation over the bar/wire so that the stitch lays flat and the edge of the fabric doesn't roll up (tunneling).

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Date: 9/24/13 2:05 PM

Do you have an overcast stitch? You might need to adjust the stitch width. The needles hits on each side of that bar when the stitch is set correctly. I always test a new foot by hand moving the wheel for several stitches to make sure it is ok before turning the sm loose. It is meant to be used along the edge of the fabric. You might have to gently guide/slightly pull the fabric to get it started. Make sure you have your feed dogs up and some foot pressure on it. HTH

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Date: 9/24/13 4:11 PM

Pittsymom, me too! My Pfaff 1229 has an overlock foot and attachment that work together to form a beautiful overcasting stitch at the edge of the fabric. Even though I have upgraded my serger I still like to use the Pfaff's overlock stitch to finish the cut edges of chiffon and other fine fabrics.

It also does a very nice job of taming some of the knit fabric edges that want to roll.

It is such a beautiful and oddly satisfying stitch and for anyone that does not have a serger it stretches the capabilities of your sewing room.

Before having a serger (and sometimes now, since it is such a nice stitch) I often used this stitch before fabrication on raw edges of fly front extensions, on clipped crotch curve seams, ravelly or unruly fabric that I wanted to prepare for pressed open seams, preparing hem edges, etc.

It is a matter of not much thread accomplishing a lot of work - beautifully - which is probably why I continue to use the stitch at times when the serger would suffice. The end result always lays discreetly and delicately within the finished garment.

-- Edited on 9/24/13 4:13 PM --

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