Overlock Machine Projects

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Projects for your overlock machine will seem limitless when you start thinking about all you can do with your machine. Starting from simple projects, like adding decorative stitch trim to a baby blanket, to more complex projects, like completing a business suit or a prom dress for your daughter. Other possibilities include creating home decor projects and accessories like bags, scarves or items for the bathroom.

Quick and Easy

A baby blanket is a project that will take just a few minutes to complete as you add a decorative edging. Measure and cut a piece of fleece to the size you want. Using the 3-thread overlock stitch and decorative thread, sew around the edge of the fabric. Other quick and easy projects that you can finish in one afternoon could be a table runner and matching place mats for that dinner party you are planning.

Home Decor

Choosing coordinating fabrics to make pillows and matching curtains gives a room a fresh new look. Even making covers for your electrical cords can create an extra decor touch. Cut the fabric into three blocks measuring 5 inches long by 36 inches wide (this will fit a 6-foot cord). Using the 4-thread stitch, overlock the pieces together along the 5-inch edges, right sides together. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with right sides together. Overlock down the strip and turn. You can add a roll edge trim to ends of the strip. Slide and gather evenly over the cord.


Create T-shirts and other light knit tops or dresses by using your machine's 3-thread overlock stitch. Use the 4-thread overlock to make an easy comfy jacket from sweatshirt knit or medium- to heavyweight fabric. After assembling the jacket, overlock the edges of the jacket with the rolled-hem stitch for flirty ripples. Make a skirt or a pair of trousers to match the jacket and you have a complete outfit.


Scarves, eyeglass cases, book covers and tote bags are accessories that you can make with your overlock. For Christmas make a stocking, or for someone's birthday, create a pretty gift bag with rosette bow and ribbon. A baby bib made with a small hand towel and binding is an easy project for a new little one.

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