I recently purchased an overlocker from a local dealer – a really nice and knowledgable middle aged man. It’s a vintage babylock EF-405 in a cute shade of blue and I admit it probably was one of the factors that made me take the plunge! Let’s face it, no one wants a machine in a hideous shade of grey sitting on their desk. Anyway, this would be my very first time using an overlocker and I am not sure if I made the best and wisest decision to purchase something so old and basic.
It’s super heavy (made entirely out of metal), only 3 threads, no fancy hemming and no differential feed. This old grandma of a machine has been zapping me with some electric currents as well. So now I have to wear rubber slippers while using it. But not forever, I will be bringing it back for a health checkup after the lunar new year. The thought of carrying this blue child of mine all the way back to Yishun just kills me. Yikes, what did I get myself into?
Unfortunately, brand new overlockers are crazy expensive in Singapore (even when discounted). I have been considering getting one for the longest time, but have often been put off by the price. It was not till recently that I decided to hunt for local dealers that also did refurbishing for old and used machines. Boy, were they hard to search for off the internet! I have listed two shops below that I have personally been to and spent ages in there without getting chased out. Phew! The second hand overlockers are not entirely cheap to me, but I do believe some of the older full metal-bodied ones are hardy. You can get one slightly below $300. I think it would be better to stick with the popular brands like Juki, Janome and Babylock. You should also make sure you can get a warranty for your item. I have a one year warranty for mine and was ensured that should any parts malfunction there will be replacements for it. That really set my heart at ease!
So now that I have my sewing duo, I can’t wait to make more beautifully crafted things! I spend the whole 初一 (first day of the new year) drafting out new patterns for the (non-existent) shop. I will try to put some of them up here when it’s ready! Till then! XO.
P.S. The addresses for refurbished overlockers below!
Ban Soon Sewing Machine
Block 431 Clementi Ave 3, #01-328,Singapore 120431
Freddy Electric Sewing Machine
Block 928 Yishun Central 1, #01-141, Singapore 760928