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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Need help with Elna 614 overlocker on: June 28, 2007 01:27:46 AM
One of my Mum's friends has lent me a serger/overlocker to try but I have no idea what I am doing. It is an Elna 614. She had it threaded, but has cut off the threads near the top and not given me the spools. Also there is no instruction manual.

So I can see how the threads should go, but not sure how to actually thread the machine  or the needle. I'm afraid if I take out the threads I'll never figure it out!

Can anyone help me with this, or point me in the right direction?

There are two levers on the front: DF and SL. I'm assuming SL = stitch length. What is DF? Don't Fiddle? Down Faster? Dragon Fire? Darning Foot? Disco Fever?

What kind of thread do I need to get, and is it expensive? It seems to be thinner than normal thread. I don't want to outlay a lot of money as the machine is only on lend.

Does an overlocker have a bobbin? I can't find one, so I assume that two of the four threads sew on the underside somehow.

Any help would be appreciated.  Huh
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How do I sew a long curved seam? on: April 19, 2007 10:09:52 PM
My mother-in-law asked me to make a table cloth for her. I said yes because I thought it would be really quick and easy, but I have since found out that the table is round, and extends to an oval shape. I think she only wants a cloth for the unextended, round table

So, how is the best way to sew a long curved seam? Is it worth clipping all the way around or could the fabric just be eased into the shape? She has some fabric already but I haven't seen it yet.

And I was also trying to think of some kind of trippy way to make the same cloth work for the oval shape as well as she has plenty of fabric. Maybe with a fold that does up somehow. Any ideas?
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