Claire (aka Seemane) asked me in the comments a few posts ago whether I would keep my old overlocker threaded in a neutral colour and continue to use it. That was my initial plan, until I was half way through sewing my latest project and then I realised there is just no going back! The main reason I got the new overlocker is because it is self threading with auto tension, but the other reason is that I could never get a very good stitch on my old overlocker because the tensions was never quite right.
So I was sewing a rather simple tshirt out of some interlock fabric from the stash using the old overlocker because it was still threaded with navy thread, when I realised I should just change threads in my new overlocker because the threads my old overlocker was making were all loopy and droopy and were driving me mental trying to fix the tension. Five minutes later my new machine was threaded up and it made a much better stitch that looks so much better.
I made a short sleeve version of the boat neck top 108 from Burda 2/09, such a simple pattern with just three pieces and a turned down neckline:
Ok so it's not snowing weather but it is down to single figures which is pretty cold for us Sydneysiders. In fact it's so cold I'm thinking of making a jacket for the dog because he's quite lean and has been shivering like crazy lately the poor thing.
I will keep my old overlocker as a back up machine, but I don't think I'll be using it anymore though. Like I said, once you've tasted champagne you can't go back to vinegar!!
In answer to other recent questions:
Jean - the Opera House was lit up in different colours and patterns, changing every few seconds so it was quite spectacular.
Sewingelle - I had my old overlocker serviced not that long ago which improved things slightly, but I could still never get the tension quite right. Hope you had better luck with your machine!
Georgeina - for the bibs I used a terry towelling nappy for the back layer, and a mix of woven and knit cottons from the scrap bag for the front. No inner waterproof layer, mainly because I didn't have any waterproof fabric in the stash, but I find with the nappy fabric on the back they are quite absorbent anyway.