Types of stitches with Overlock machine


Dreamer, today we will show you the different types of stitches you can create with your domestic overlock machine or serger.

Whether you are just starting to sew with your overlock or you have a little more experience, this info will help you to exploit the full potential of your machine and all your creativity!

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At first, it may seem a bit overwhelming to read the instructions and see all the possibilities and types of stitches that an overlock machine offers.

That’s why in this publication, we share with you the basics you need to know about the stitch types.

Check the details below:

  • Note:

This information doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read your machine’s manual…

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Chain Stitch:


Chain stitch: are used for decorative overcasting or basting because it’s quick and easy to remove.

It’s sometimes called chain stitch or safety stitch.

Rolled hemstitch:

Rolled hemstitch: a stitch that rolls the inside edge of the fabric covering it with thread; so, depending on the machine model, you may need a special presser foot and needle plate.

This stitch is named lockstitch also..

Overlock stitch:

Overlock stitch: a stitch that joins the edge of the flange, interlocking the thread.


Not to mention that the machine blade finishes the edges simultaneously as it sews.

Overedge stitch:

Overedge stitch: is made with a single-threaded needle and is used to finish the edge of the fabric to prevent fraying, but it isn’t used to join pieces of the garment.


Additionally it’s also known as a reinforcement stitch.

Simulated safety stitch:

Simulated safety stitch: it’s formed with four threads; there are two types:

One with the lower hook thread strung on the left needle.

And the second strung on the right needle.


To clarify, this seam it’s sewn with a 4 and 5-thread overlock machine.

Ladder stitch

Ladder stitch: is the horizontal formation of threads seen inside the flat-felled stitch.

Balanced stitch:

Balanced stitch: you can achieve this seam when the tension is well adjusted in all the threads.


In this case, it’s observed how the threads of the hooks are interlaced together just at the edge of the fabric.

Flat felled stitch:

Flat felled stitch: stitch can be formed with a needle and 1 or 2 crochet threads and a special adjustment in needle tension.


To illustrate, this stitch it’s used in decorative stitches that are achieved by pulling the layers of fabric into the stitching line.

Final stitches:

Final stitches: is the name given to the leftover chains on the machine’s overlock seams and stitch guides.

  • Note:

Another key point is that the type of stitches you can create will depend on the model and style of the overlock machine you have.

Finally, we can tell you that knowing your machine’s possibilities is an excellent tool.

Undoubtedly, it will help you solve the challenges that arise in every sewing project more efficiently.

We hope this publication has helped you.

And if you want to know more information like this, here we leave you the link to our sewing basics category.

See you in another post with more information. Bye for now!

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