What is Overcasting on a sewing machine?

What is Overcasting on a sewing machine?

Overcast stitch is a type of stitch used to enclose a raw, or unfinished, seam or edge. The purpose is to prevent unraveling of the fabric.

Is overcasting the same as Serging?

Overcast and sew a seam at the same time. Use like a serger (it does not cut the fabric like a serger, but it allows you to sew an interlocking hem along a raw edge) Varying zig zag and overlock stitch widths can be used with this foot. Conceals fabric edges, also for stretch and knit fabrics.

Is an overcast foot necessary?

It all depends on your fabric and your project. For stretch fabrics. I use my stretch overcasting stitch and foot to stitch the seam and neaten the raw edges all in one go. It doesn’t need me to go back again and sew another line of stitching, the stretch overcasting stitch does it all in one go.

What is overcasting in cross stitch?

Overcast stitch, sometimes called whipstitch, is a hand sewing stitch that wraps the working thread around the edge of fabric or seams. You can use this easy stitch for sewing fabric or few pieces together, finishing seams, appliqué, or even as a decorative element.

Is overcasting and overlocking the same thing?

Overlocking on your sewing machine The overedge foot is also known as an overcast foot, or an overlocking foot. Essentially it allows thread to wrap around the edge of the fabric to prevent unraveling.

Can a regular sewing machine do Serging?

Ideally, you’d have a serger for that, but sergers are expensive, specialized sewing machines, and you might not be able to get one right away. Instead, you could use an overlock foot with your sewing machine to give your pieces a faux-serged finish.

How does an overcasting foot work?

The overcast foot works by having a bar in the centre which wraps the thread around the edge of the fabric as you stitch, whilst preventing the fabric from curling. This protects the raw edge of the fabric to stop it from fraying or unravelling.

Do I need an overlocker sewing machine?

An overlocker does not replace a sewing machine. Its primary function is to clean finish a raw edge, giving the project a professional appearance. Many overlocking stitches have built-in stretch, making them the perfect tool for seaming knit fabrics.

Do you Backstitch when overcasting?

Do you have to backstitch when overcasting? You do not have to backstitch zigzag or other overcasting stitches that are being used to finish the edge of the fabric (rather than to sew a seam). (See overcast stitches in pic below.)

How is overcasting done?


  • Find the Right Needle. Grab a needle that’s the right size and type for the fabric you’re sewing.
  • Loop the Thread. Loop the thread over the fabric edge and pass the needle through it.
  • Pull the Thread. Now you’ll see the first loop you’ve formed over the edge of the fabric.
  • Repeat.
  • Pull.