Overlock foot. a real sewing assistant

Not so long ago, bought clothes could be immediately distinguished from homemade ones by the quality of the work on the seams. Industrial technology has allowed a strong and beautiful overcasting the edges of products. Modern household sewing machines allow you to ostretch the edges so that even with the wrong side of the sewn thing looked neat, and the fabric does not crumble. This requires overlock foot, which is installed on the sewing device. It provides an evenly stitched and neatly overstitched edge without pulling on the fabric.

Sewing machines with overlock are devices in which the manufacturer has provided the ability to perform overcasting stitches with a special foot. Quantity and quality of these stitches can vary from lightly overcasting the edges of thin fabrics to thick stitching that binds thick material. Stitches are sewn with the optional overlock foot, which is required to replace the universal foot.

Overlock sewing machines have a special overlock foot (

Features of some overlock foot machines, shown in the table below.

Model Features
Singer 1507 Electromechanical device, performs 8 operations. Reverses and adjusts speed
Aurora 760 Performs 21 operations, sews blindstitches and 3 overlock stitches
Janome My Excel W23U Performs 23 operations, automatically sews buttonholes
Astralux Fantasy Electromechanical model with 29 programs, overcasts, seams and elastic stitches
Brother Universal 37S Performs 37 operations, has a thread changer and can sew a secret stitch

In addition to domestic machines with overstitching capabilities, special overstitching machines are used for edge trimming. Popular accessories include Aurora 700 D, Merrylock, Comfort 05-15, Jaguar.

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These accessories facilitate most sewing tasks.

The accessories provided with the machine vary depending on the machine model.

The following accessories are available as optional extras (sold separately). For certain

Some of these accessories may be included in the scope of delivery of the machine.

1 Bobbin winder (page 31).1 1 )

Designed for winding the thread on the spindle

The foot controller can be used to control the

To be used as bobbin thread.

embroidery speed. and for starting and

To hold the bobbin and bobbin thread.

3 Top thread regulator (pg.2 5 )

Designed for controlling upper thread tension.

Used when winding the thread on the

The catalog number of the foot pedal is different in

depending on the region. region for which it is used

is designed to be switched on and off 6 Filament cutter ( page 8 ). Contact your dealer or your local dealer

The closest authorized service

6 Thread cutter (Page 7).2 2 )

To cut through tool.

( Available on some models only.)

8 Quick lower threading system

Designed for storing accessories.

(Available on some models only.)

9 Flat platform with compartment for

Push this lever. for connection of an accessory socket

direction ) to select the desired line.

For manual needle lifting and lowering.

2 Accessory storage compartment

Power switch/backlight switch (Page 7).7 )

Designed to turn on and off

F Cable outlet/receptacle for

For attaching the plug

Designed to lift and release the presser foot.

Only use household electrical components as the source of sawing. Use a different cord from the one supplied with the unit

The power supply may cause a fire or explosion. electric shock or damage to the machine.

Do not unplug the power cord if the machine does not work properly. If the PIT cable plug is securely plugged into the outlet. and the connector in the

Do not connect the PIT cable plug to a defective outlet.

Turn off the machine and remove the plug from the outlet under the following conditions:

if you are using the car without a trailer;

If the power supply is interrupted during operation;

If the machine is working irregularly from. If the unit is connected to more than one power source due to a faulty electrical connection or other causes;

Use only the power cord provided.

Do not use extension cords or power leads. The unit is equipped with several

household appliances. Doing so may cause electric shock or fire.

Do not touch the plug with wet hands. This can result in damage to the

When disconnecting the machine from the power supply circuit, first disconnect the power supply. When

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Do not unplug the machine from the electrical outlet using only the plug. Never pull on the power cord

this may result in damage to the machine and cause fire or electric shock.

Never pull the power cord. Do not allow the power cord to be damaged. its breakage. pulling. Do not bend the power cord. Do not allow the power cord or plug to be twisted or

knot shape. Do not put any objects on the cord. Do not twist the power cord in any way

overheating. Do not subject machine to excessive temperatures. Failure to do so may result in damage to the components

If the power supply cable or plug becomes loose and causes a fire or electric shock. In the event of a power failure

Do not plug or unplug the power cord or plug against

Never pull the power cord. Do not allow any kinks in the power cord. Take the machine to your authorized dealer for repair.

If machine is not used for a long time. take the plug out of

Danger of injury

Do not use an extension cord. Insert the

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current. If you do not know. which source

can ignite. cause a fire

on an unstable or tilted table), because they

as this can cause the machine to malfunction

powders. as this can cause

throw it away or store it this way. so that it does not

into the hands of children. Under no circumstances

Do not allow children to play with the bag. so


Power switch and light bulb. 8

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These accessories make most sewing tasks easier.

Accessories supplied with the machine vary depending on the machine model.

These accessories are optional and must be purchased separately.

The quilting guide can be installed in the holes in the back of the walking foot

or into the hole in the black plastic part of the foot holder.

H Connector for power cord / socket for

For winding the thread on the bobbin

for use as bobbin thread.

Designed to hold the spool of thread.

Thread spool pin hole for second spool (pg.2 6 )

To install a second spool of thread for sewing

sewing speed. as well as for starting and

6 Upper thread tension regulator ( p.2 7 )

Designed for tension control

7 Thread cutter ( pg.2 4 )

The catalog number for the pedal is different in the

depending on the region. for which it

9 Quick lower threading system

is intended for. Contact your Brothe r dealer or

the nearest authorized service center

Press this lever. to switch

Is for storing accessories.

D Stitch selection switch ( Ctrl). 11)

direction ) to select the desired stitch.

The ventilation hole provides

Air circulation around the motor. Not

Close vent hole in

Power switch/backlight switch (page 12).8 )

Designed for switching on and off

2 Storage compartment for accessories

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Use only domestic electrical appliances as the power source. 8) Use a different type of power supply

Be sure to. that the plug of the power cord is securely inserted into the socket. and socket.

into the corresponding socket on the machine. Otherwise there is a risk

If there is a fire or an electric shock.

Do not connect the power cord plug to a defective outlet.

Turn off the machine and unplug the power cord in the following cases:

if you leave the machine unattended;

in case of a power failure during operation;

If the machine is working irregularly from the. for faulty electrical connection or other cause;

Use only the power cord provided.

Do not use lengthening devices or divots. Do not plug or unplug the power cord in more than one electrical circuit

household appliances. Doing so may cause a fire or electric shock.

Do not touch the plug with wet hands. This may result in an electric shock.

Always turn off the power switch before disconnecting the power supply. At

Do not unplug the machine unless you are grasping the plug. Never pull the power cord

Doing so may cause damage to the cord and result in fire or electric shock.

Do not damage the power cord. Always turn off the power switch before opening or removing the power cord. strain. fails to meet these requirements could result in excessive heat buildup and excessive electrical shock. kinking

or knotting. Do not put any objects on the cord. Do not subject the power cord

the influence of high temperatures on the. Failure to do so may result in

The overhead conveyor belt can be seen as a similarly efficient method of working, with results comparable to those achieved with knitted pens. в

If the power cord or plug is damaged, send it back to the retailer

To have your machine serviced by an Authorized Service Center

Brother for repair before continuing to use the machine.

If the machine has not been used for a long time. Unplug the power plug from the

How to choose the right foot?

It is important to know that not every foot will fit your machine. In general, feet are designed for different zigzag widths and different attachment methods. The easiest way to do this is to tell the salesperson the sewing machine model and desired functionality of the presser foot, or search the website and select the appropriate category of sewing machine.

Sewing machine manufacturers make their own accessories and if you buy one you can be sure that it is compatible and of good quality. On the official website you can download a catalog of available accessories and, after selecting the foot, give the code to the salesman in the request.

When buying third-party brands of products, you should make sure that the foot will fit (for example, according to customer reviews) and find out in advance about the possibility of exchange.

The capabilities of a sewing machine are greatly increased with the use of special accessories. Changing the presser foot can greatly improve sewing quality and save time.

How to use

It’s not enough to change the presser foot, you need to know how to use it. There are some that do not require additional manipulation of the jigs and fittings. The fabric is placed on the bottom feeder. The soleplate is lowered onto the material, and you can start sewing. The seamstress can move and hold the garment with her hands in a certain way. It depends on the type of sewing operation.

But there are fixtures with a complicated design, in which you need to tuck the main fabric or material for finishing in a certain way. Here are examples:

How to use the knitting foot?

Before you start with basic sewing, it’s a good idea to practice on a small piece of fabric to get the hang of basic sewing. The basic principles of using the knitting foot are as follows:

  • Install the piece so that the upper lever is located above the screw fixing the needle;
  • Lower the lever that raises the foot to the level where the lock is fixed on its axis;
  • Choose one of the above stitches. Stitch length is determined by the material, the width varies from 3 to 5 millimeters;
  • The fabric is neatly placed under the foot, begin the basic work.

If you study the reviews, talking about the peculiarities of work with the knitting foot, you can conclude that they really help to improve the quality of the result. Despite its design simplicity, the detail allows you to work with the finest elastic materials without specialized sewing machines, exclusively on household appliances.

Stitches are neat and there are no skipped stitches. The main point. the correct selection of needles and thread.

You can find opinions that the work with the upper conveyor is of similar efficiency, the result is comparable to the use of knitting feet. However, this method is more complicated, the use of the upper conveyor belt requires a certain skill and experience.

Using a special foot for knitwear helps to create a stitch that will be perfectly flat, beautiful. The material during sewing will not drag, slip, shift relative to the axis of work.

This is achieved by having a pad of polymer, silicone or rubber, due to which the fabric is firmly fixed and moves strictly along a certain vector.

When the walking foot is required

When performing simple operations and create unpretentious products from the usual “unproblematic” fabrics (linen, cotton, cotton, wool, etc.), fit perfectly universal presser foot. The difference in speed between upper and lower layers of fabric is practically imperceptible.

The walking foot is indispensable for the following types of work:

Large items of all kinds and types. curtains, tablecloths, bedclothes, bedspreads and plaids. Sewing small patterns with the presser foot can have a 1 or 2 mm layer shift, and on larger sizes up to 5 cm or more. The top toothed belt reduces the risk of mismatches to zero (without previous overlapping).

Making quilts of thick fabrics (quilts, baby envelopes, bedspreads). In this technique, at least 3 layers of fabric are used. If the fabrics are pressed loosely together, and move at different speeds, you can not achieve a quality product.

Processing of leather, suede, nubuck, morocco and leather goods. These are fabrics with a very “capricious” structure. The masters have no right to make a mistake. on them any flaws and unsuccessful stitches are immediately visible.

Perform all patchwork techniques. Quilting and patchwork experts should choose a walking foot with an extra guide. Then you don’t have to sew by hand or correct annoying mistakes.

Sewing fine fabrics (chiffon, fishnet, guipure, gas, organza, etc.). They move very quickly and can get caught between the teeth of the lower conveyor belt. The same happens with sliding fabrics (satin, silk, muslin).

When working with knitwear. Experienced seamstresses note that the functionality of a special foot for knitwear inferior to the capabilities of a walking top conveyor.

Sewing down jackets and coats filled with sintepon or other insulation. All this type of outerwear is sewn with an overhead slide. It also works well with laminated fabrics.

Articles in which coloring, pattern or ornamentation, combination of tones are important. With these models, the stitches have to be “lost” in the background. To achieve this effect, the joints are inadmissible warping.

Walking foot can be installed on a machine for home sewing and use it constantly. After all, even simple products (or minor repairs) are better to perform accurately and qualitatively.

Attention! Always use slow or medium speed with the walking foot. Before starting work, turn the handwheel, and make sure that the machine is set correctly, and the needle does not rest on the sole of the foot.


We recommend that you observe the following principles for the care and adjustment of your sewing machine:

  • be sure to read the instruction manual of the machine, most questions are already answered there;
  • Always clean and lubricate with the power off;
  • Always turn the handwheel toward you;
  • Store the machine under a protective cover, with the foot down on a flap of fabric.

Information on how to configure the sewing machine yourself can also be found in the video instructions posted on the website Sewing Adviser or on the official channels of the manufacturers. Check your stitching and adjustments before you start working on any new project, starting with your needle and thread selection.

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