13 June 2018

Troubleshooting Overlocker Stitches

How to fix overlocker or serger stitch problems - Tilly and the Buttons

Overlockers (AKA "sergers") are wonderful machines... most of the time! Great for stitching knit fabrics or finishing the seams on woven garments, once you get the hang of them they're super speedy to use.

However, they do need adjusting so the settings match the fabric and seam that you're sewing. Whenever you start a new project, take some time to sew a test swatch and adjust the knobs if you need to.

How to fix overlocker or serger stitch problems - Tilly and the Buttons

This is what you're aiming for - perfectly balanced stitches. (This picture shows four threads - you may have three instead if you're sewing lightweight fabric or seams that aren't going to come under too much strain.) I've used different coloured thread for each looper and needles so you can easily see how the stitches link together.

If your seam doesn't look quite right, here's a quick reference guide for seven common issues and how to fix them...

How to fix overlocker or serger stitch problems - Tilly and the Buttons

The loops from the right side are peeping out on the wrong side!
If the upper looper thread loops are visible on the wrong side, they’re either too loose or the lower looper thread is pulling them too tight. So you can either turn the lower looper tension dial down or turn the upper looper tension dial up. Adjust them one at a time, a little at a time, sewing a test swatch each time until the loops are staying on their own side.

6 June 2018

Free Hip Pockets Pattern for the Mila Dungarees!

How to add hip pockets to your Mila dungarees! - Tilly and the Buttons

What's better than three pockets on your Mila dungarees? FIVE pockets on your Mila dungarees!

You asked for more pockets, so we've created a free downloadable pattern for a hip patch pocket that you can add to your Milas, plus instructions below for how to sew it. The pockets make a simple addition and are large enough to slip your phone, snacks or idle hands into. You are welcome :)



How to add hip pockets to your Mila dungarees! - Tilly and the Buttons
How to add hip pockets to your Mila dungarees! - Tilly and the Buttons


Get your Mila dungarees pattern
if you don't already have it

If your fabric is 150cm (60in) wide, you’ll need 0.25m (3/8yd) extra for the pockets. If it’s more like 115cm (45in) wide, you’ll need 0.35m (1/2yd) extra fabric.

How to add hip pockets to your Mila dungarees! - Tilly and the Buttons