Should you overlock before or after sewing?
You can use the overlocker to finish the seams together after constructing your garment but before doing any topstitching. You’ll want to try on the garment and make sure the fit is spot on before finishing the seams in this way.
Can you overlock by hand?
An overlock stitch can be done by hand or machine. You can choose this type of stitch on a sewing machine and you’re ready to go.
Can I use my sewing machine as a serger?
Most of the time, yes, you do need an overlock foot for your overlocking stitch. Your machine may have come with one, or you may need to purchase one. Whenever you’re buying afoot, make sure that the brand matches your sewing machine brand. But, the ladder stitch may be the closest in look to a serged edge.