Did you guess what my Ebay purchase was - yes, an overlocker! I've been looking for a while for a secondhand machine and recently found this Janome Ezy Lock 134D for less than $200. It arrived while I was away so yesterday was my first chance to really try it out. Its exciting to have a new machine, especially one as foreign as this. I've never even used one before so its going to be a real adventure learning all its functions.
Luckily the woman who sold it to me sent it all threaded up because from what I read, threading is the one real hurdle for the novice overlocker/serger user. I did rethread the last bit of one looper (lower) thread and didn't think it was too hard (but I'm touching wood while I say that!) Its threaded with black thread though, so I'm going to have to bite the bullet soon. I think I can tie the white to the black and pull it through but maybe I should spend some time mastering the threading.
So far I've only sewn around the edges of some scrap material but I'm already sold on the wonder of overlocking! It will be great for cushion sewing and save me lots of time zigzagging around the fabric edges. And I can't wait to try sewing jersey.
The seller included an old Janome magazine which lists all the wonderful thing their sergers can do, there's no date on it but it has photos of a delightful quilted jacket and includes patterns for a dress with shoulder pads! It talks about pintucks, gathering, blind hems, beading attachments, piping and faggoting. I'd like to think I can master at least a couple of those, or work out exactly what they are at least. As always, all advice very welcome!