Frequent question: Can I use sewing machine needles in my Overlocker?

Do you need special needles for an overlocker?

Overlockers have two needles, although you don’t always need to use both needles depending on the stitch you require (more on this later). We recommend using overlocker needles and have a range available with detailed descriptions on which overlockers they are compatible with for quick and easy reference.

Are sewing machine needles and overlocker needles the same?

Overlocker Needles. The needle or needles in an overlocker are extremely important and need to be straight and have no bashed points. Because of the speeds overlockers achieve their needle don’t last as long a sewing machine needle. They do need to be replaced more often for best results.

Is it worth having an overlocker?

Overlockers are worth buying if you intend to make lots of clothing, sew with stretch fabrics and make professional-looking projects. Overlockers are not worth using for those who finish their seams with bindings or make home decors that don’t require overlocked seams.

What can you do on an overlocker?

Some of the things you can do with a serger:

  • Seam finishing.
  • Making swimwear, T-shirts, lingerie, napkins, tablerunners, etc.
  • Insert elastic into clothing.
  • Decorate garments making flowers or other trims.
  • Finish hem & facing edges with the cover stitch.
  • Seaming on knits more quickly that with a sewing machine.
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How often should you change overlocker needles?

Amazing Designs recommends inserting a new needle at the start of every project, or after about eight hours of sewing. Also, be sure to change your needle whenever it becomes bent, dull or develops a burr.

What are the different sizes of sewing machine needles?

Quick Reference Chart

Sewing Machine Needle Type Needle Size Fabric Type
Universal needles 80 (12) Shirtings, poplin, rayon, light wool
90 (14) Medium – heavy, calico, linen
100 (16) Heavy fabric, upholstery, bag making
110 (18) Extra heavy fabric, upholstery

What size are Overlocker needles?

Schmetz Overlocker/Serger Sewing Machine Needles, Size 90/14.

Are there special needles for Sergers?

Serger Needles

A serger may take a special needle such as an industrial needle with a flat or round shank. Other sergers may use the standard machine needle sizes 11/75 or 12/80 as well as special needles such as ballpoint, metallic or embroidery.

How do I know what sewing machine needle to use?

When looking at needles, you will see two numbers referenced on the needle. This is the sewing machine needle size, and most sewing machine needles indicate the needle size in both European and American sizing.