Repairing relationships

Before I got my overlocker (thanks mum!), I had heard that they could be grumpy and persnickety beasties. So when it misbehaved on me the last time I used it, and I couldn’t get it to behave, no matter how many needles I changed, or how many times I re-threaded it.

So it went into time out. For more than six months.

Fast forward to my birthday, Jane took me out for lunch, and I found some really awesome fabric for making pyjama pants for Squishy. Today, Mark took Inigo to his parents place for the whole day, so I’ve been able to get a few things done, bit pacing myself so I don’t puke, and I even got the overlocker out, faced my fears, and…


We’re friends again 🙂

(BTW, as cool as this fabric is, this is not the special stuff!)

Unboxing the overlocker

It’s obviously been tested in the factory, and it works perfectly. Any problems will be my fault!

Colour coded tension dials. Each thread has a colour assigned, and there is a threading diagram inside the front cover.

includes tweezers for threading

The little box of bits

Sorry about the fuzzy pic – but you can see on the left, my first attempt. On the right, my second attempt. Much better. 11.09am

Attempt number 2 – an almost perfect cuff. 11.12am

Completed hat and pants. 1.19pm

Pfaff Hobbylock 2.0 Review

Since I’d never touched an overlocker before I went to the shop to try threading it. And today was the first time I’ve ever used one. So I’m pretty impressed that I was able complete two items (including unboxing, reading the manual, making a pattern for the pants and cutting all the pieces), in just over two and a half hours.

I’ve been told that overlockers can be fiddly, hard to get the tensions right, impossible to thread, etc. So many people told me that they have an overlocker that they never use because it is so cantankerous, I am thrilled with this one – it couldn’t have been easier. Of course, I am still crap at driving it, but I haven’t broken anything yet, or needed to take myself to hospital, so I’m impressed, and given my limited experience, I would recommend this model to anyone.


Winter is coming. Kid won’t tolerate blankets when sleeping. Sleepsacks too small, too expensive to replace.


1. Fix sewing machine. Check (with caveat – still no working zig zag stitch…)

2. Visit Spotlight. Check

3. Trace existing sleepsack, embiggen.



4. Copy neckline from groovy new jammies.



5. Cut out basic pattern for Sleepsack V1.0



6. Search internets for bias tape destructions Check

7. Confirm status as “Legend in One’s Own Lunchbox”