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W6 Nähmaschinennadel ELX705 80 für N 656D Freiarm (5 Nadeln)
W6 ELX705 80 sewing machine needle for N...
The display packaging may vary due to supply shortages. The ELX705 is a size 80 needle for light to medium fabrics but only for the following machines: Overlock W6 N 656D free-arm Coverlock W6 N 707D free-arm It has a special round tip....
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W6 Nähmaschinennadel ELX705 90 für N 656D Freiarm (5 Nadeln)
W6 ELX705 90 sewing machine needle for N...
The display packaging may vary due to supply shortages. The ELX705 is a size 90 needle for light to medium fabrics but only for the following machines: Overlock W6 N 656D free-arm Coverlock W6 N 707D free-arm It has a special round tip....
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W6 Overlock Staubschutzhülle
W6 overlock dust cover
Suitable for: W6 N 454D W6 N 656D free-arm
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Order number: W-Z-OV-HUELLE-2

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W6 Nähmaschinen Pinsel
W6 sewing machine brush
W6 Wertarbeit brush for cleaning the sewing machine and overlock. A great tool for cleaning your machine thoroughly. Application: in the entire sewing area
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€3.90 *
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W6 Nähmaschinen Anschiebetisch für W6 N 656D Freiarm
W6 sewing machine extension table for W6 N 656D...
Extension table W6 N 656D free-arm The extension table is used for enlarging the sewing area while the size of the throat space remains guaranteed. This table only needs to be slid onto the machine and can thus be easily attached and...
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W6 Nähmaschine N 454D
W6 sewing machine N 454D
The robust linking machine for creative and enthusiastic sewers as well as newcomers to overlock machines. The interior of the OV is made of metal and boasts both precision and durability. The W6 N 454 D overlock is the right machine if...
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W6 Nähmaschine N 656D Freiarm
W6 sewing machine N 656D free-arm
The W6 N 656 D overlock free-arm is the big sister to the W6 N 454 D overlock. The W6 N 656 D free-arm is distinguished by its wide range of up to 18 different stitches. This overlock runs extremely smoothly at a stitching speed of max....
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W6 Nähmaschinen Öl
W6 sewing machine oil
W6 Wertarbeit sewing machine oil 100 ml – Our best acid-free oil, exclusively for you. W6 tip: Clean and lubricate your W6 sewing machines approximately every three months. This guarantees a long service life for your W6 sewing machine...
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W6 Nähmaschinen Transporttasche Overlock
W6 sewing machine overlock transport bag
A great way to quickly, easily and securely transport the overlock machine to, for example, a sewing club meeting. Outer dimensions: Height: approx. 33 cm / Length: approx. 35.5 cm / Depth: approx. 26.5 cm The inner dimensions are:...
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W6 Nähmaschinen Pinzette
W6 sewing machine tweezers
W6 Wertarbeit tweezers for gripping e.g. fine threads. A great tool for gripping threads quickly and easily. Application: in the entire sewing area, in locations which cannot be easily reached, for pulling in or inserting threads.
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W6 WERTARBEIT Perlen- und Pailettenfuß für W6 N 656D Freiarm
W6 WERTARBEIT bead and sequin foot for W6 N...
This special overlock is used for sewing on beads, sequins, rhinestone laces and pieces of string. Overlock setting: Differential: N Needles: Use only the right or only the left needle, depending on the material width Thread tension: Set...
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€14.95 *
Order number: W-F-656-BEAD-SEQUIN

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W6 WERTARBEIT Bandaufnähfuß für W6 N 656D Freiarm
W6 WERTARBEIT bias binding foot for W6 N 656D...
This special overlock foot can be used for attaching bands. It is ideally suited for elastic bands with a width of 0.5 cm. Though it takes a bit more skill, you can also sew on elastic bands with a maximum width of 1.3 cm. The hems of...
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W6 WERTARBEIT Blindstichfuß nur für W6 N 656D Freiarm
W6 WERTARBEIT blind hem foot, for W6 N 656D...
This special overlock foot is used for sewing blind stitches. Cutting, chaining and sewing the hem are all done in one single work step Overlock setting: Differential: N Needles: only the right needle Thread tension: Set all thread...
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€14.95 *
Order number: W-F-656-BLIND-HEM

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W6 Nähmaschinen Overlock / Coverlock Gummibandfuß W6 N 656D / 707D Freiarm
W6 WERTARBEIT elastic band foot for W6 N 656D /...
This special overlock foot is used for sewing on elastic bands. The fabric is cut, chained and gathered in one work step. The gathering effect is created by tensioning the elastic band sewn onto the fabric. The more the elastic band is...
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€14.95 *
Order number: W-F-656-ELASTIC

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W6 WERTARBEIT Kräuselfuß für W6 N 656D Freiarm
W6 WERTARBEIT gathering foot for W6 N 656D...
This special overlock foot is used for connecting two fabric layers, whereby the lower fabric layer is gathered while the upper fabric layer remains smooth One work step includes cutting and chaining as well as gathering the lower fabric...
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€14.95 *
Order number: W-F-656-SHIRRING

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W6 WERTARBEIT Paspelfuß für W6 N 656D Freiarm
W6 WERTARBEIT piping foot for W6 N 656D, free-arm
This special overlock foot can be used for sewing a cord between two layers of fabric. Overlock setting: Differential: N Needles: both needles or only the left needle Thread tension: Set all thread tensions used to 4 Stitch length: 2.5...
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Order number: W-F-656-CORDING

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What is an overlock?

You can tell how an overlock works just from its name. The key part of the word is “lock”. “Over” tells us that you are sewing over the edge. This is a special type of sewing machine. It locks the upper thread with the lower thread so that the seam sits. An overlock works with two needles and two hooks. Several sewing types are possible on this basis.

An overlock sewing machine carries out several work stages at the same time: It sews layers of fabric together, overlocks them and makes precise cuts to get rid of excess material. The machine makes sewing considerably easier and you can complete your sewing work much faster.

This is what an overlock machine can do

Do you sew quite often and do you want perfect interior seams? Then it’s worthwhile investing in an overlock sewing machine. It specialises in fabric edges and can process these quickly and with precision. This sewing tool will make around 60 % of your sewing work significantly easier. The seam is also elastic, as it isn’t merely sewn with an upper and lower thread, but with three or more threads. This means that the overlock is also suitable for stretch fabrics.

Up until a few years ago, the overlock sewing machine was used primarily in industrial facilities. But now, increasing numbers of hobby tailors are captivated by its advantages.

Overlock, coverlock or sewing machine – the differences

When searching for a sewing machine, you quickly come across the coverlock. Beginners especially will be asking themselves: What are the different sewing tools suitable for?

The machine you need depends on your preferences. We can give you a brief overview of how the three variants are different from each other.

Overlock

Coverlock

Sewing machine

Working on fabric edges – cutting, overlocking and sewing together in one. The machine is fitted with an upper knife and a lower knife.

Sewing together fabrics with decorative seams or creating a professional hem seam, for a t-shirt for instance.

It has a vast number of stitches, including decorative stitches. You can also create buttonholes effortlessly with a sewing machine.

Projects for the overlock

What are all the things you can do with the overlock? The answer: almost everything. If you’re looking for a tidy interior seam, it’s unbeatable. The machine succeeds especially when it comes to stretch and thin fabrics. Sewing jersey, lycra, baby things, swimwear, lingerie and many other fabrics becomes significantly easier and faster. It can even process woolens, lining material and softshell.

You see? You have an extensive choice of options with the overlock. It is especially important to make sure you have the right needles and the perfect stitch. There are also many different instructions which were created with overlock sewing in mind.

The correct preparation

Before you start with your first sewing project on your new overlock, it needs a little preparation work. First, familiarise yourself with the machine, read the manual or take a look at our W6 videos. You can find these on the W6 website under the Service / Help heading. Select your machine type and you will receive a selection of detailed videos on the first steps with your machine, or for individual stages, such as threading. You will quickly get to know your product. Then, you can test out the seams on spare pieces of fabric. If you have enough space at home, set up a fixed sewing station. This means you don’t have to put away your overlock each time you use it, or set it up again the next time.

First, look for an easy project for you to practice with. A loop scarf is an excellent place to start. Gradually, you can try out different things such as a newborn baby hat or a simple skirt.

What to watch out for when sewing with the overlock

With an overlock, the sewing process is different from using a sewing machine. What should you look out for? We’ll tell you.

Threading correctly

When using an overlock, threading the thread is a daunting prospect to begin with. Especially because there are at least three threads, often more, which are used. We’ll admit, it’s a little more complicated. But with a bit of practice, you’ll be a deft hand at it, just like with the conventional sewing machine.

Pick up your overlock manual and read the chapter on threading. Follow the instructions closely and take a look at our detailed threading videos if you need to.

There are handy tools such as a needle threader and tweezers available which will make the threading process easier for you.

Repeat the threading process a few times, and soon you will be able to guide the thread through the machine without looking. It also helps if you use various different colours of thread to practice. You will see straight away which thread goes which way.

Fabric clips vs. pins

When using an overlock, it’s not enough to ensure that the needles don’t hit the pins. The knife can’t come into contact with the pins either. Otherwise, these become ragged and blunt, and sometimes unusable.

If you want to use pins, place these lengthwise – never crosswise – at a distance of two or three centimetres from the edge of the fabric. You can add one more pin if you wish, to keep the fabric together.

Another method is to hold the fabric together using fabric clips. These won’t inadvertently end up under the knife. You have another advantage when working with very sensitive fabrics, where pins may quickly leave holes in the fabric.

Sewing needle

You can only use special needles for your overlock. The special overlock needles are sturdier than conventional needles, and are adapted to suit the higher sewing speeds of the overlock. In your manual, you will also find tips on the best sewing needles you should use.

Securing the thread chain

When using a normal sewing machine, you lock the seam at the beginning and end so that it remains tightly closed. When using an overlock, you have several options for securing the thread chain. For most of the common methods, sew around ten centimetres above the fabric. Then you have the ideal basis for various versions:

  • Tying off: You can tie off the excess thread chain using a darning needle with a big eye. Pull the thread around five to six centimetres into the seam. Then cut off the remaining thread.
  • Knotting: A very simple version is tying a knot at the edge of the fabric.

Separating the seam

Sometimes mistakes happen: You need to separate a seam. Even when sewing normally, no one likes to do it. And for an overlock seam, you have to loosen several threads at once. Pick up your seam ripper and guide it between the two layers of fabric. This separates the upper thread loops. Next, you can pull out the intact threads. This is easier if you use tweezers. You can rub the remaining thread out of the fabric brilliantly using an eraser. Alternatively, you can use the rubber end of your W6 seam ripper.

Collection container for cuttings

When you cut off the fabric edges, the overlock produces cuttings. A few models have a collection container for these. This keeps your workstation free from lint and the scraps of fabric are gathered in the container. Of course, this has to be emptied at regular intervals. We even have large collection containers available to choose from in our accessories, depending on your overlock model.

Cleaning your overlock

Just like the sewing machine, an overlock also needs to be cleaned at regular intervals. Follow the instructions in your machine handbook closely. Generally, our overlock machines are very easy to open. You can often open the flap of the housing without loosening any screws.

The vacuum cleaner with a narrow nozzle can get rid of most of the fuzz and thread remnants. A fine brush is perfect for getting into those little nooks and crannies. Do not used compressed air. This blows the dust and residue deeper into the overlock. Once there, it can cause a lot of damage. Oil the places which are listed in the instructions using high-quality W6 sewing machine oil.

The overlock as a replacement for the conventional sewing machine?

Using an overlock, you can sew the most varied of projects – from simple sewn items for beginners to small challenges for advanced users, right up to demanding creations for the pros. But you mustn’t forget one thing: An overlock is not a replacement for a normal sewing machine. It can only do these three things: cutting, overlocking and sewing together. Some fabrics simply cannot be sewn with an overlock.

If you would like to use decorative seams, buttonholes, decorative stitches or other applications, you can’t do these without the conventional sewing machine. And for embroidery too, you need a special embroidering machine. However, you do have the advantage that W6 Wertarbeit offers combo machines which can sew as well as embroider.

Accessories for your overlock and more from the sewing experts

At W6 Wertarbeit, you will find brand quality overlock models for beginners, advanced users and professionals, all for a fair price. You will find everything from one source. We also offer a vast number of accessories for the overlock: Tweezers, needle threaders, cover hoods, waste containers, needles and many more.

You can also delight in a comprehensive service package. We would be happy to advise you on our various overlock machines. Together, we can find the ideal model for your demands and needs. Note: Register on our website to benefit from our 10-year warranty.

We also offer a maintenance package for a W6 fixed price. The team at our master workshop know these machines inside and out. Your W6 Wertarbeit overlock machine will be ready to use again in no time at all.

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