Brother 1034D 3/4 Thread Serger with Differential Feed
Why we love it?
Easy to thread, easy to learn and use; with included instruction video, printed manual, and completely color-coded and numbered upper and lower looper threading. Includes free phone support for the life of the product, and a 25-year limited warranty 22 built-in stitch functions with 4-thread overlock, 3-thread overlock, narrow, rolled hem, and ribbon lock stitches, with specialty stitch functions for formal and bridal wear, home decor and crafts, heirloom and reinforced tape applications
Some comments about this we saw on the web:* /u/wambolicious on /r/BurningMan I do not have experience sewing lycra for heavy-duty applications, but I have a lot of experience sewing it for clothing. The number one way to sew lycra is with an overlock machine. I own this relatively cheap one: http://www.amazon.com/Brother-1034D-Thread-Threading-Differential/dp/B0000CBK1L/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426635357&sr=8-1&keywords=serger It has served me well for a couple years now. If you own a regular sewing machine, you have a couple options: a zigzag stitch will be stretchy, while a straight stitch will not. Use a ball point needle or a stretch needle. A standard sewing machine needle will give you skipped stitches. Use polyester thread, not cotton!
I would not hand sew lycra for this sort of application. For one, it would take you more time to sew it than to find a buddy with a machine if you don’t own one already. Second, you will get stronger, more consistent stitches with a machine. Edit: Er, I was picturing super long seams. If you just have to tack your fabric in a few places, hand sewing is fine.
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