What is a Baby Overlock?
A baby overlock refers to an overlock seam that is narrower and tighter than a normal overlock seam. Baby overlock is mostly used for edge finishing rather than joining two or more layers of fabric. A baby overlock looks less raw because of its high stitch density and is used as a visible edge finish. This finished seam tends to be curvier compared to a regular overlock seam.
How is a Baby Overlock made?
The fabric is guided through a specialized sewing machine designed to finish the edges of fabric, with the raw edges positioned under the presser foot. As the user guides the fabric, the machine trims the excess fabric, simultaneously stitching and securing the edges. The machine's built-in looper mechanism creates a clean, professional look by wrapping the fabric's edges with thread, preventing fraying and unraveling.
What does a Baby Overlock look like?
The Baby Overlock Stitch creates a distinctive and professional appearance on fabric edges. It typically forms a row of closely spaced, parallel stitches that encase the raw edge, preventing fraying and adding strength to the seam. The stitch may be single, double, or triple-threaded, depending on the desired outcome and the fabric being used.
Why are Baby Overlock stitches used?
The Baby Overlock Stitch offers several advantages that contribute to the overall quality of clothing. Firstly, it creates a strong and secure seam that withstands regular wear and washing. This durability is particularly crucial for garments subjected to frequent use or stress, ensuring they maintain their integrity over time. Secondly, the stitch provides a clean and professional finish, giving the garment a polished and high-end appearance. Additionally, the Baby Overlock Stitch prevents fraying, preserving the garment's structure and longevity.
When are Baby Overlock stitches used?
The Baby Overlock Stitch is used at various stages of garment construction. It is often applied before or after assembling garment pieces, as well as for finishing hems, cuffs, and necklines. It is especially beneficial when working with stretchy or loosely woven fabrics, as it helps to prevent stretching, unraveling, and distortion of the edges.