Do you change your serger thead to serge your seams, when you finish your garment seams? Or do you leave white on there all the time??
I really hate to see white thread on a solid color..It just makes the inside look so ugly..[Just my opinion].. But, I also ,hate,hate to change 4 spools of thead when I change colors?
So, I was wondering, what do you girls do?
I change colours mid way through a dress and back again if necessary Judy!. Although I do a big sigh first! - the more I do it the simpler it seems, as I just knot on the new colour and pull them through... very rarely does something come undone and need 'serious' re-threading. I keep overlocker thread in white, skin tone, black & red. I seem to get by with just these... although I've been thinking of adding a blue to the collection.
To finish seams I only ever have 3 spools on & one needle. I only use 4 threads & 2 needles if I'm sewing knits using overlocker only.
I am with Casey - I change colours all the time, and yes - sometimes a few times per garment - I like the inside to be neat. I too use only 3 threads and one needle unless I'm doing knits or lightweight cottons.
The thread I buy (for the overlocker only) is Birch 1000m spools of cotton (they are around $2, so cheap) to colour match to the fabric I am using - or if I don't have 3 matching spools I wind thread onto bobbins and use those. I tie the threads on and pull them through - rarely do I have to thread from the beginning, and even then it isn't a hassle. I think threading the overlocker looks scarier than it really is!
Thankyou all.. I too change colors.. I just have the basics-- white, black,red and tan.. But my serger has some connectors ,where I can change to regular spool threads if need be.So.. if its an odd color, I just use regular spools of thread.
I wondered was I the only one that changed the thread?? I just hate when You open up a garment and see the white thread..eeeh. Doesnt look very well..
Great tips on just using 3 spools,,Will try this.. thankyou ..
I hate having the white colour if it really stands out. I also hate changing the threads. But in order to save time, I cut the threads at the spool, put on the new colour, rejoin the white thread and the new colour with a small knot and put through as far as possible. Generally it means just rethreading the needles rather than redoing the whole threading up process. I hope this makes sense. If I am going to the trouble of making something I want it to look as good as possible, inside and out.
I do love the overlooker (Brit word for serger) as it saves hours of time. If I find a nice piece of fabric, I just overlook the edges and hey presto a new table cloth. Saves hours of time neatly hemming and does the job perfectly.
Yea Cathe, I mainly do this too.. unless it is a seam..that just you cant get to after you sew it up? ha.
Do you have lots of colors of serger thread?? I only have the basics..Guess I should get more.?