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Changing Overlocker/Serger Thread


Changing the thread on your overlocker would have to be high up on the list of most avoided sewing activities, wouldn’t you say?


Well, avoid it no longer!  Once you’ve mastered this super simple method of changing your thread colour, you’ll be done in less than a minute.


Here goes…

overlocker thread tutorial 1

1.  Prepare your machine: Raise the presser foot and reduce all tensions to zero.  This will release your tension discs so when you pull your thread through you don’t put undue pressure on the discs.  Raise the needles to the highest position which puts the loopers in the right position.  Also disengage the blade – this is common sense!  It’s also a good idea to turn your machine off (safety first!)

step 2


2.  With tweezers, lift the lower looper thread off the upper looper lever and pull your thread chain through gently.  You won’t be able to pull it through if you don’t do this.

step 3


3. Cut the needle threads above the needle eyes as you don’t want to pull your knots through here later.

step 4

4. Cut the right (upper looper) thread between the thread guide and the tension disc.

step 5 tie a reef knot


5. Tie the new colour thread the the existing thread using a reef knot.  It’s important to use a reef knot instead of any other knot as it creates a nice flat profile to go through your tension discs without causing any damage.  It’s also nice and strong so shouldn’t come undone half way through.   Pull tight and cut off the thread ends.

step 6


6. At the thread chain, find the upper looper thread and pull through slowly until your new thread appears.

step 7


7.  Repeat for the lower looper thread (2nd from the right) and then for the two needle threads.  (The pic above is showing the left needle thread)

step 8


8.  Now thread your needles.

step 9

9.  Position all threads neatly and behind the presser foot.

step 10


10.  Re-set all tensions as desired, lower the presser foot, re-engage the knife and sew a chain.


You’re done!!


Don’t worry if it took you a little while to do this the first time.  After you’ve had a few goes, you’ll be a master in no time!


Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.  Feel free to comment below, send me an email (Natalie@sewforlife.com) or post on the Facebook page.


Happy threading!


By |2015-02-10T03:18:19+00:00January 30th, 2015|Overlocker|0 Comments

Sewing a basic cushion

Fancy transforming your couch, bed or outdoor setting in one afternoon?

Sewing these SUPER quick and easy cushions is a perfect beginner project and will leave your guests in amazement at your incredible new sewing skills!!


Let’s do it!

cushion tutorial finished

1.  Cut one square 18”x18”, and two rectangles 18”x 12”.

2.  On the rectangles, fold one of the long edges over about ½” and then fold over again and pin in place.  If you have an overlocker, you could overlock this edge and then just fold it once, like I did.

cushion tutorial close up

3.   Sew a straight line 3/8” from this edge, sewing on the right side of the fabric.  If you like, sew another line 1/8” from the edge.

cushion tutorial prep


4. Now put it together!  (see isn’t it so quick?!)  Lay your square right side up and the two rectangles right sides down so your hemmed edges are in the middle and overlapping.  Pin in place.

5. Sew a straight stitch around all four edges.  Snip off the corners.

6. Turn it the right way out.

Finished!  How easy was that?!

Don’t forget to take a pic and share your cushions with us over on the Facebook page or send me an email.  I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

Anyone up for some backyard hairdressing?

cushion tutorial finished 2

By |2015-02-10T03:19:09+00:00January 30th, 2015|Projects|0 Comments

Sew a Blind Hem Tutorial

Learning how to sew a blind hem is one of those super handy skills that once learned, means you’ll never hand stitch a hem again!! Follow this step by step guide and prepare to be dazzled by your super sewing skills!


Please note: I’ve deliberately kept this tutorial short and sweet so it doesn’t take too long to read but please be sure to let me know if you get stuck or have any questions – I’m here to help!

Blind hem tutorial step 1 Blind hem tutorial step 2 Blind hem tutorial step 3 Blind hem tutorial step 4 Blind hem tutorial step 5 Blind hem tutorial step 6 Blind hem tutorial step 7 Blind hem tutorial step 8 Blind hem tutorial step 9 Blind hem tutorial step 10 Blind hem tutorial step 11 Blind hem tutorial step 12

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below, send me an email (Natalie@sewforlife.com) or post on the Facebook page. Catch you soon!

By |2015-02-10T03:16:49+00:00January 21st, 2015|Sewing techniques, Tutorials|0 Comments
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