Best Overlock Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2019
If you've got a sewing machine and want to bring your projects up to a pro level, then a serger is a must! With the help of an overlock machine you'll be able to prevent clothes edges from fraying and fix many another issues that often lead to ruining your clothes. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Number of threads
Sewing speed
Differential feed
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Stitch length / width
Built-in stitch patterns
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Dimensions
Accessories
Warranty
 
PROS

It uses the proprietary Seam Tightening System™ that relies on a spring. As a result, the 1000CPX machine produces amazingly tight and smooth stitches.

CONS

Its speed could be a bit faster.

OUR VERDICT

The Janome Cover Pro 1000CPX is a universal machine combining the functions of a serger and a traditional sewing machine. Due to its long detachable arm, it is ideal for working with small as well as large décor projects. The best model for those who're looking to invest in the most advanced overlock machine available.

detailed parameters
Number of threads

2,3,4

Sewing speed

Up to 1000 stitches per minute

Differential feed

Yes

Adjustable presser foot pressure

Yes

Stitch length / width

Length: 1-4 mm

Width: 3-6 mm

Built-in stitch patterns

4

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

Snap-on presser foot

Dimensions

19.5" x 16.5" x 14.5"

Weight: 19 lbs

Accessories

Adjustable seam guide, Elastic gathering attachment 6-8.5mm, Hem guides, Extension table, Needles, 9-piece scissor kit, Dust cover, Seam ripper, Needle threader

Warranty

25 years - mechanical parts, 2 years - electrical parts, 1 year - labor

PROS

It's a good semi-professional machine that stands out from others with its 5-thread capability. It also features automatic thread tension.

CONS

Some plastic components are rather fragile.

OUR VERDICT

The SINGER 14T968DC overlock machine can be used with literally any type of fabric you need. It's a professional model that is perfect for both home and commercial use.

detailed parameters
Number of threads
2, 3, 4, 5
Sewing speed
Up to 1300 stitches per minute
Differential feed
Yes
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Yes
Stitch length / width

Length: 4 mm

Width: 7.5 mm

Built-in stitch patterns
20
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Beading foot, Blind hem foot, Cording foot, Elastic foot, Shirring foot, Taping foot, All-purpose foot
Dimensions

13.5" x 10.5" x 11.5"

Weight: 23.6 lbs

Accessories
Needle set, Tweezers, Spreader, Screwdrivers, Clean pocket, Serging knife, Spool caps, Anti-Spill net, Oiler, Brush, Cone adapters, Soft-Sided dust cover, CD workbook included, Instruction manual with included stitch guide, Foot control
Warranty

25 years - manufacturer’s defects, 2 years - electric and electronic components, 90 days - parts and labor

PROS

Featuring F.A.S.T. (fast and simple threading) lower looper threading system, this machine is easy to thread even by novice users.

CONS

The serger may gather delicate fabrics.

OUR VERDICT

The Brother machine is a user-friendly overlocker that offers a great price/performance ratio. Ideal for novice users who want to have a highly-efficient model.

detailed parameters
Number of threads

3, 4

Sewing speed

Up to 1300 stitches per minute

Differential feed

Yes

Adjustable presser foot pressure

Yes

Stitch length / width

Length: 2-4 mm

Width: 5-7 mm

Built-in stitch patterns

5

INCLUDED PRESSER FEET

All-purpose foot, Blind hem stitch foot, Gathering foot

Dimensions

11.73" x 10.98" x 13.19"

Weight: 13.45 lbs

Accessories

Soft cover, Accessory bag with needle set, Thread nets, Thread spool caps, Tweezers, Cleaning brush, Hexagonal driver, Trim trap, Foot controller pedal, Instruction DVD, Instruction manual

Warranty

25 years - manufacturer’s defects, 5 years - electric and electronic components, 1 year - parts and labor

PROS

This serger can work with ordinary needles from your home sewing machine. The DVD disc with sewing tutorial is included in the box.

CONS

A small number of included accessories.

OUR VERDICT

This is a super-reliable machine under the renowned brand. It comes with a comprehensive manual, so it's great for those who just learn how to sew.

detailed parameters
Number of threads
2, 3, 4
Sewing speed
Up to 1300 stitches per minute
Differential feed
Yes
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Yes
Stitch length / width

Length: 2-4 mm

Width: 3 -6.7 mm

Built-in stitch patterns
6
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
All-purpose foot
Dimensions

14" x 11" x 11.5"

Weight: 16.8 lbs

Accessories
Tweezers, Needle set, Spreader, Small screwdriver, Machine Intro DVD, Instruction manual with stitch guide, Foot control, Power cord
Warranty

25 years - manufacturer’s defects, 2 years - electric and electronic components, 90 days - parts and labor

PROS
The only model in our review that creates a cover stitch on a fabric.
CONS

The tension release buttons are awkward to use.

OUR VERDICT
An ideal machine for sewers who constantly stitch on elastic fabrics. The serger rolls fabric edge instead of trimming it.
detailed parameters
Number of threads
2, 3, 4
Sewing speed
Up to 1100 stitches per minute
Differential feed
Yes
Adjustable presser foot pressure
Yes
Stitch length / width
Length: 2-4 mm Width: 3-6 mm
Built-in stitch patterns
5
INCLUDED PRESSER FEET
Blindstitch foot, Gathering foot
Dimensions

11" x 13.4" x 11.8"

Weight: 15 lbs

Accessories
Accessory bag with needle set, Thread nets, Tweezers, Spool caps, Spool mat, Cleaning brush, Hexagonal wrench, Soft cover, Operation manual
Warranty

25 years - manufacturer’s defects, 5 years - electric and electronic components, 1 year - parts and labor

Janome CoverPro 1000CPX

Time-Saving Option

The Coverpro 1000CPX is a revolutionary machine that offers sewers all the power and features of commercial-grade sewing machines. It has been designed to give users great versatility, help save their time, and allow them to make garments, accessories, and home decor elements with additional flair and finished appearance. It is a coverstitch machine that is far less complicated than any other type of overlock machine you can find today and is far easier to thread than a sewing machine or a serger. That said, we wouldn't really compare them since the Coverpro 1000CPX is mainly meant for topstitching and pintucking fabrics and is limited to use only on the following fabrics: natural fibers, fine pieces of fabrics, knits, synthetic kinds of blends and fabrics, upholstery, twill, and canvas.

As we have just mentioned, threading the 1000CPX is an easy job. Thanks to the color-coded threading guide and setup illustrations on the machine itself, you can quickly figure out how to set up the tension dials and position needles correctly. In the front side of the machine, you can also find graphics on how the machine performs different stitching options. All this makes the 1000CPX coverstitch machine a great assistant for home sewers who want to achieve professional results easily and quickly.

Review of Janome CoverPro 1000CPX Coverstitch Machine

What's So Special?

The 1000CPX can work with up to three needles and use up to four spools of thread simultaneously. It offers three types of stitching options and has a free arm, an additional table for large projects, a differential feed, and a built-in thread cutter. The machine also comes with a generous set of accessories that are meant to assist users in completing their projects. The kit includes an adjustable seam guide, hemming guide, three types of presser feet, elastic gathering attachments, additional needles, tweezers, a screwdriver, and a needle threader. There’s also a casing for all these accessories included.

Yet, the main benefit of the 1000CPX is the STS (Seam Tightening System), an exclusive feature found only in Janome’s sewing machines. While other coverstitch sewing machines use a standard looper to keep the tension tight, the STS relies on a spring. As a result, the 1000CPX machine produces amazingly tight and smooth stitches. Due to the implementation of the STS, the machine can be used even on thick fabrics like denim or wide wale corduroy. This feature makes the machine one of the most user-friendly models you can find on the market.

So, if you need a universal machine combining the functions of a serger and a traditional sewing machine, the Janome Cover Pro 1000CPX is a sound choice. Due to its long detachable arm, it is ideal for working with small as well as large décor projects.

Janome CoverPro 1000CPX Coverstitch Machine in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Heavy & fast & feeds well like a good serger, but the extra room is good for top stitching and maneuvering in general. I use the chain stitch a lot for basting, really easy to pull out if you don't anchor it.

Features

The machine came well packaged and ready to go. Great purchase!
 

SINGER 14T968DC Professional 5-4-3-2 Thread

Keeping With the Best Traditions of Singer

If you want to get an overedging machine and a reliable helper in pursuing sewing goals, the SINGER will definitely meet your demands. The combination of technical performance along with the company's time-proved reliability makes this device a real workhorse. The SINGER serger combines the features of an overlock and a cover stitch machine in one device. The SINGER 14T968DC is the only model on our shortlist that features 5-thread stitch capability, ensuring a perfect seam with rolled hems, cover hems, chain stitching, and other built-in stitch patterns on different fabric types, making all your garments look professionally done. Such high-efficiency machines are mainly used for a commercial apparel manufacturing, yet it is not the reason not to buy it for home use. Wondering how the 5-thread stitch looks like? Look at how the pockets on your jeans have been edged and you'll be able to recognize it right away the next time.

Review of SINGER 14T968DC Professional 5-4-3-2 Thread Overlock with Auto Tension

Designed for Comfortable Work

The SINGER serger features a wide variety of options to make sewing an easy job. First of all, we'd like to draw your attention to a fully automatic self-adjusting tension system that ensures perfect seams on all types of textile. Secondly, threading the serger is as easy as a pie owing to the automatic looper threader and a color-coded lay-in threading system. With no shade of a doubt, you'll give justice to an attachable clean pocket on the machine that will capture all trimmed bits in it, leaving your working place clean and neat. What's more, SINGER overlock machine offers 20 built-in stitch patterns to choose from and 7 different presser feet that can be snapped on in accordance with your sewing needs. While working with different types of fabric, you'll have an option to adjust the width and the length of a stitch, fitting all clothes you've got to edge.

SINGER 14T968DC Professional 5-4-3-2 Thread Overlock with Auto Tension in the use

VIDEO
Singer 14T968DC-How I Demystified -5 thread Safety Stitch(1/3)
 

Brother 1034DX

Great Value for Money

If you want a decent overlock machine that comes at a reasonable price, you have just found it. The Brother 1034D overlock machine can add a professional touch to your clothes, home décor, creative fashion sewing, and more. And thanks to its user-friendly design and controls, it is suitable for sewers of any level. Actually, its simplicity of use is the top thing that sets it apart from many other models and makes it a favored option by many sewers. To thread the machine, you only need to follow the right order of color-coded guidelines on the housing. Trimming is also supported and accomplished in a simple way. But if you don't need trimming option, you can easily switch it off by turning the knife off.

Another great advantage of the Brother 1034D overlock machine is that it's fitted with a differential feed that can be adjusted to adapt to any particular type of fabric. With all that said, we can easily assume that with an overlock machine like the Brother 1034D, you'll never be challenged by any project and will be able to get the work done in a convenient and quick way at home.
Review of Brother 1034DX Serger

Useful Extras

Yet, the machine isn't that basic as it might seem at first. It boasts some features that make it suitable for all kinds of sewing jobs. For example, besides finishing the edges and hems, this serger also allows you to create ruffles, decorative edges and gathers as well as uses decorative threads for custom details on a wide range of fabrics.

In case you have trouble understanding what machine can actually do and how it works, the manufacturer has kindly included the instructional DVD in the box. It provides a clear step-by-step instructional video that will help you with your creative projects. And if you still have some questions, the team of Brother specialists will help you online for free.

Brother 1034DX Serger in the use

Additional Info

User Manual


 

SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish

The Best Model For Beginners

Right out of the box, the machine comes already threaded and ready-to-use, and that’s what you’ll definitely like about it right away. It is also the reason why this model is so popular among beginners looking for a simple-to-use appliance requiring no long learning curve. Interesting enough, while being so easy-to-use, the Singer 14CG754 is big on features, providing all the essentials expected from a high-quality appliance.

In the Singer 14CG754, all sewing components are adjustable, giving you flexibility in terms of fabrics that it can be used with. And it has a high presser foot lifter which besides giving a spacious working area allows placing more than one layer of cloth, a feature that is practical and helpful for quite a big number of sewing jobs.

Though rather intuitive in use, the Singer 14CG754 comes with easy-to-understand manuals: a DVD disc and a printed version. They both give users very detailed and comprehensive instructions on how to thread and adjust the machine. So, in case you have difficulty figuring out how to use the device, the instructions will come to help. 

All in all, the Singer serger is a perfect machine for beginners who want to unleash their imagination and creativity in sewing projects.

Review of SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish Overlock Machine

Inventor of Genius

Isaac Merritt Singer is an inventor of Singer sewing machines recognized as the most popular sewing machines on the market. The reason for such immense popularity of Singer sewing equipment is explained by the introduction of innovative sewing methods no one has used/seen before. Understandably, at the time Singer sewing machines cost a fortune and few people could afford them. Things have changed when the prices decreased, adding appeal to Singer's product line and bringing it upfront of the competition. Another reason would be the professional skills of Isaac Merritt Singer. Not only did he invest one of the best sewing equipment in the world but also he was the first one who started to promote it by cooperating with other sewing companies.

SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish Overlock Machine in the use

Additional Info

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VIDEO
SINGER 14CG754 ProFinish 2 3 4 Thread Serger With Machine Intro DVD
 

Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch

Entirely Different Serger

A cover hem stitch machine or cover lock is another device of sewing equipment. The machine is used for binding cut edges, stitching them at the same time while edging knitted fabrics. Unlike overlock machines, it's never used for trimming fabric. Still, the popularity of cover hem stitch machines is really immense and everyone is familiar with what it does. All our T-shirts and sports clothes are sewed by a cover lock. The cover stitch can also provide incredible elasticity you wouldn't achieve with any other device, and that's another reason why this machine is so favored by people. Brother cover hem stitch machine works at 1100 stitches per minute, which isn't the fastest speed but will suffice most sewing jobs, including circular stitching of collars, cuffs, sleeves, pants, skirts, dresses, etc. So, if you're mainly working with stretch fabrics, the Brother 2340CV cover hem stitch machine is what you need.

Review of Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch Overlock Machine

Technical Peculiarities

When using a cover stitch machine, all seams are done with either 1, 2 or 3 needles and a looper making 2-3 parallel rows on a cloth face and a solid seam on a backside. It is the looper stitch that gives sewing durability and strength, locking seams properly and preventing them from getting loose. That’s also the reason why looper stitches are used for basting too.

Moving on, along with the variety of stitches, the machine features a differential feet option, allowing edging elastic textile. There's also an option here, allowing you to adjust the feeding speed and produce a wave-like effect when needed. A variable presser foot pressure makes it easier to work with thicker types of fabrics, giving you the option to produce high-quality projects with even and tight seams.

Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch Overlock Machine in the use

More Products to Consider

Love wearing knit garments? Try to make them with your own hands! With one of the knitting machines you will have a chance to get some practice and make beautiful handmade clothes for your family. 

Detailed review of Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch Overlock Machine

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Brother 2340CV Coverstitch Machine First Impression
 

What Is an Overlock Machine?

Overlock machines were originally used for industrial sewing. Today, however, thanks to the progress and advanced technologies they've made their way to the houses of regular people. So, what is a serger and why do we need one? Let's answer these questions. A serger, or an overlock machine as it's also called, is a device used to overlock stitches and enclose raw edges of materials to prevent them from fraying. A serger is also used to trim off excess seam allowance eliminating the need for you to do it manually later, when the sewing is done. Sergers do a great job of edging, hemming, and seaming, and are used to add a professional look and finish to your clothes. Though you could argue that a regular sewing machine can do the same thing, it would not be completely true. Unlike sewing machines, a serger uses loopers to feed several thread cones, and it also makes stitches much more elastic, which is essential if you want your clothes or some decorative elements to serve you longer.

With that said, a overlock machine is still not a stand-alone machine, and some projects simply cannot be done properly without using a sewing machine. So if you haven't got one or you wish to upgrade your old model to a more advanced one, make sure to look through our brand-new selection of sewing machines.

What Features to Compare

Sewing Capabilities

Before you decide on any particular model of overlock machine, you should firstly determine what for you are going to use it. If you need a device for home use, we recommend you to opt for a serger that can be used with 2, 3, and 4 threads. Such models show great results in stitching light and medium weight fabrics and accept almost all tread types. But you should look for a 5-thread machine if you need it for commercial use. They create strong seams required for lacing heavyweight fabrics and also eliminate the need to reinforce the seams with a sewing machine.

Sewing Speed and Usability

If compared to sewing machines, overlockers operate at higher speeds, reaching 1300-1500 stitches per minute. And obviously the faster a serger is the quicker it can complete its tasks. Although, it shouldn't be out of blue that such high-performing machines are usually more expensive too. We'd recommend you to opt for a serger equipped with lower looper threaders and needle threaders and surrender the process of feeding threads to the machine.

Technical Peculiarities

An adjustable differential feed function is what differs overlock machines from other sewing equipment and allows users a total control over the speed of feeding fabric through the needle area for the best results. This feature is of the prime necessity when stitching stretch fabrics and is a guarantee of no wave-like effect on the edges. An overlock machine with an adjustable presser foot would help deal with different types of fabric, ensuring that a cloth of any thickness can slip in between smoothly, so if you plan to work with different fabrics, consider this option too.

Did you know?

The Brief History of Sewing Machines

The first sewing machine was invented in 1790 by the English inventor, Thomas Saint. The sewing machine was meant to be used on canvas materials and leather. It used a single thread to make stitches in the fabric. However, Thomas Saint couldn’t market his invention, since it required steady improvement. It was in 1874 that William Newton Wilson, a sewing machine manufacturer, finally built a successful machine. He found Saint’s drawings and made some improvements to the looper.

The first electric sewing machine was manufactured by Singer Sewing Co and introduced to the mass market in 1889. It was just a standard machine with a motor strapped on its side. After some time, the motor was embedded into the casing. By 1905, electric sewing machines were widely used at homes and factories.

Overlock stitching was created in 1881 by the Merrow Machine Company. This stitching technology became a starting point for the invention of an overlock machine. The first one was patented by the owner of the same company, Joseph Merrow, in 1889.

Interesting Facts About Sewing

  • The archaeological records show that people sewed some pieces of fur, skin, and bark together to make clothing about 25,000 -30,000 years ago. They used thin strips of animal hide to stitch together large pieces of fur. Sewing appeared even before weaving. Actually, it’s the first form of textile art.
  • The earliest needles were made from bone and ivory, while early pins were made from fish bones. It was not until the Bronze Age that metal needles and pins were invented in Europe.
  • During the 20th century, over 4,000 different sewing machines were produced.
  • An average lifespan of cotton fabric is somewhere about 100 years.
  • China is the leading fabric producer and exporter in the world. It’s followed by India, Italy, and Germany.
  • Originally, zippers were invented for shoes and boots. They could speed up the buttoning process, which was especially important for the laboring class. Soon after, zippers were adapted to pants, skirts, and jackets.
  • The Singer company has always been creating the most successful sewing machines compared to competitors. The secret of their success lies in the superior durability of their sewing machines. And here is an interesting fact - the first Singer sewing machines made of cast iron were some of the strongest machines ever invented. The Singer company worried that their machines might serve for several hundreds of years and be passed down for generations, which could lead to the loss of revenue. That’s why the company began to produce flimsier sewing machines. Singer also launched a buyback program for their cast iron machines and then destroyed them with sledgehammers.
  • A recent survey in the USA has shown that 51% of sewers own as many as three sewing machines, and overlock is one of them.

Sources:

1. Overlock, Wikipedia. August 27, 2016.

2. Debbie Colgrove Understanding a Serger or Overlocking Sewing Machine, About. September 2, 2016.

3. How to Hem, wikiHow.

4. Serger Thread – Types and Benefits of Using Sergers, Create For Less.

5. Millie Schwandt Choose the Right Serger Stitch for Your Project, Threads.

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