Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Janome Overlocker 6234XL - An Introduction

With my recent ventures back into the world of dressmaking, I knew early on that I wanted to be able to make garments to the best quality I could. This is an area I have slipped up in in the past; when an idea hits I can very easily get carried away and just haphazardly whip something up with no proper care taken on the finer details (slaps wrist!).
I'm really trying to take things seriously now though - I want to make my own clothes, and I want them to last!

Since working with Janome, I've been so impressed with the CXL301 and I know I've talked a lot about how much I love it and the difference it's made to my sewing experiences. So, an overlocker seemed like the next natural step to take, and I'm working with Janome again to see what I can do with the 6234XL

I was pretty apprehensive at first as all of my experiences with overlockers prior to this were big industrial overlockers that we used at uni - oh man did they scare me! But, I knew that I wanted to get back into using one as I know the difference they can make.
Luckily, as anticipated, this machine has been a breeze to get to know. I whipped up my Grainline Hemlock jumper mostly using the overlocker, and after a few tension adjustments for the jersey, it was a super quick and not too scary process - yay!

There's a lot about this machine that I need to learn about - I have a folder in storage somewhere from my uni days full of samples etc. that I need to dig out, but I think my best bet is to just get experimenting. Re-threading it for the first time was interesting, but the machine is so well labelled that it just takes patience (not to self!) and I really want to know how the machine works so that I can handle it in any situation.

If you have any suggestions or tips on working with an overlocker then I'd love to hear them, and if you have any questions about this model then I'll do my best to answer them.
At the moment I think me and the overlocker are still on an acquaintance basis, but here's hoping for a nice close friendship pretty soon ;)

1 comment:

  1. LOVE it and I know who I am going to call if I need anything made....YOU : )


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