What Can I Use Instead of an Overlocker on My Fabric?

It provides excellent strength and durability, giving your fabric a professional finish. However, not everyone may have access to an overlocker or serger machine. If you find yourself in this situation, fear not, as there are alternative methods to achieve a similar result. This technique allows the fabric edges to be secured and prevents fraying. Another alternative is the use of pinking shears, which have serrated blades that cut a zigzag pattern along the fabric edge, reducing fraying. Additionally, you can consider using a specialized thread, such as a wooly nylon thread, which has stretch and gives a finished edge to the fabric. So, even without an overlocker, there are several alternatives that can help you achieve a neat and professional finish on your fabric.

How Do You Join Seams by Hand?

When it comes to joining seams by hand, there are a few options you can consider if you don’t have access to an overlocker. One method is to use a simple running stitch, which involves passing the needle through the fabric in an up and down motion. This can be done by hand with a regular sewing needle and thread. Another option is to use a whipstitch, where you pass the needle through the fabric in a diagonal motion, creating a zigzag pattern. This can be a good option for lightweight fabrics, as it creates a secure seam without adding bulk.

If youre looking for an alternative to an overlocker, you could also consider using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. This stitch creates a similar effect to an overlocker, as it helps to finish the raw edges of the fabric and prevent fraying. Simply set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, and sew along the raw edge of the fabric to create a neat and secure seam.

If youre working with delicate fabrics that may not be suitable for a zigzag stitch, you could try using a French seam. This involves sewing the wrong sides of the fabric together first, then trimming the seam allowance before sewing the right sides together. This creates a clean and neat finish, without any raw edges showing on the inside of the garment.

If youre looking for a finish that’s similar to an overlocker but don’t have access to one, you could also consider using a serger/overlock thread on your sewing machine. Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread is a top-quality option that’s perfect for sergers/overlock and coverlock machines. It’s made of 100% core-spun polyester, giving it durability and strength for frequent washes or strain.

Whether you choose to use a running stitch, whipstitch, zigzag stitch, French seam, or a serger thread on your sewing machine, the key is to find a method that suits your fabric and gives you a neat and secure seam. Experiment with different techniques to find the one that works best for your project.

How to Choose the Right Needle and Thread for Hand Sewing Seams

When hand sewing seams, it’s important to choose the right needle and thread to ensure the best results. The needle should be the right size and type for the fabric you’re working with. For lightweight fabrics, use a smaller needle with a sharp point. For heavier fabrics, use a larger needle with a rounded point. As for the thread, choose one that matches the color and weight of your fabric. A good quality thread will be more durable and less likely to break during the sewing process. By selecting the appropriate needle and thread, you can achieve neat and strong hand-sewn seams without the need for an overlocker.


With it’s exceptional durability, it can withstand frequent washes and strain, ensuring that your creations endure for a long time. Whether you're using a Janome CoverPro or another machine from the CoverPro family, the Madeira Aerolock thread will provide the professional finish and functionality you need.

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