Most home-use over lockers are sturdy machines and quite trouble free if you look after it. You can avoid problems if you follow these simple rules:
Keep It Clean
Lint can quickly build up, clog the knife blades and collect under the needle plate of your over locker sewing machine. This can cause skipped stitches. To prevent this, use a soft brush and clean the cutting blades and under the needle plate after each project.
This is not necessary when using a Toyota over locker. However, one or two drops of oil on moving points does help increase the durability of your over locker.
Over locker needles wear out more quickly than regular sewing machine needles. This is due to the speed of the over locker when stitching. It is recommended that you change the over locker needles after every third major project. Use Toyota recommended needles for your over locker.
If the trimmed edge is ragged, check the knives are aligned correctly and that they are secured properly. Do not pin seams at right angles to the raw edge you may accidentally over lock into a pin. Thick and synthetic fabrics dull blades faster too, take care when over locking thick fabrics. Adjust the pressure control.
Getting started with sewing and dressmaking can be quite daunting, perhaps you want to get started with dressmaking or just use it for your own hemming and adjustments. Whatever your reason for investing in your first sewing machine, you’re going to want to get the most out of it, so here are a few sewing tips to get you set up and started.
• Get to know the parts of your sewing machine, their benefits and uses.• The spool pin is normally located on the top of the machine, towards the right back of the sewing machine. Remove the plastic sticker. Pull up the spool pin. Turn it round the right way and insert the short end into the hole. When storing the machine, invert the spool pin again.
• The upper tension dial is normally found on top left side of the machine. It is normally set on 5. Fiddle with this dial as little as possible.
• The first thread guide is found at the top right side of the thread guide plate. Use this thread guide when filling a bobbin as well as when you thread the sewing machine for sewing.
• The declutch lever is built into the hand or fly wheel. It is used for filling bobbins as well as sewing. After filling the bobbin, switch the lever back to sewing mode.
• The take up lever is found situated in the left thread path next to the thread guide plate.
• Always make sure the take up lever is at its highest position when threading the machine and when you start and finish sewing. (needle up)
• When threading your sewing machine make sure the needle and the presser foot are both in the raised position.
• When you select a stitch, remove or replace the bobbin case in the race hole, the needle must be in the highest position. (up position)
• When you are preparing to sew a project, make sure you use a good quality thread. Always use the same thread on the bobbin as on your sewing machine.
Now you’ve familiarised yourself with your new machine got your sewing machine set up and ready to use, you’re ready to get going on your dressmaking, hemming and adjustments.
By popular demand, we’re giving some information on how to adjust the tension on your sewing machine.
When you sew special material or using special thread, you may need some slight tension adjustments.
Here, we explain how to balance upper thread and lower thread.
If your upper thread tension is too tight, correct the tension by turning the dial to a lower number
If your upper thread tension is too loose, correct the tension by turning the dial to a larger number
(towards → tight).
With correct tension, both threads are locked in the
centre of the fabric.
*Normal tension is usually at 5.
• The thread tensions are pre-set prior to your sewing machine being despatched. You will not need to adjust tensions before using your new sewing machine.
• Sew a test piece and only adjust the tension of your sewing machine if required.
• When thread tangles under material:
Incorrect upper threading and thread is not in upper tension plate.
Rethread the machine.
• If your top thread is loose & pulls out:
Check bobbin threading and tension.
Rethread the bobbin and adjust the bobbin tension if required.