Serger vs overlock
Last yr I decided I wanted a serger after seeing one on sale at Joanns. I posted on this forum for opinions on a White Superlock Model 2000. This is what I bought at a good price from Allbrands.
My question is..is there a difference between a serger and an overlock machine. This one is a 4 thread...very easy to thread, everything is open in the front, but I find it difficult to balance the tensions. I could spend hours doing test samples before I get everything just right and by then I figure I could have had my project done on my machine. Also this White does not do the cover stitch which is something I would like to have.
So could anyone who has this White super lock, offer an words of encouragement. I have it over a yr now and rarely use it except for straight stitching garment pieces together. Do these things really take a lot of practice to get used to. I was hoping hemming pants would be a lot easier with the one step operation, but I have not been able to master the technique. Also I thought I'd be able to do elastic waistbands like on readymade clothes, but I can't yet.
Are all sergers hard to learn to use or am I expecting this one to do something it is not designed to do. I try to practice different techniques but it is frustrating so I don't use it very often. I am considering selling this one and buying a better one but I don't want to spend the money if I am going to have the same issues with any other brand.
Would buying a different brand make things better, or would I only be getting myself in deeper. I read alot of threading postings and how difficult some sergers seem to be to thread. Is it a matter of experience?
Thanks for listening to my rant.