That’s a serger to my US friends, I believe.
I’m a big fan of the Aldi discount supermarket chain. A huge fan, especially now they’ve started stocking New Zealand made cookies under their home-brand label. Those Kiwis make some very fine cookies.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Aldi is a German-based discount food store chain. They sell all the basics like flour and honey and cheese at excellent prices and have a wine section (in the state of Victoria but not in other states due to liquor licensing laws.) They don’t stock everything you need in a typical weekly shop but tend to be located near other supermarkets so you can get all your basics at Aldi and then top up on extras at one of the bigger supermarket chains.
Wikipedia tells me they’re the biggest retailer of wine in Germany. Think about that for a moment. Wine. Germany. Biggest retailer. No wonder the founders brothers Theo and Karl Albrecht were Germany’s #1 and #2 richest men until Theo’s death in 2010.
Theo was kidnapped and held for ransom in 1971 and wasn’t photographed again since the day after his release. Imagine being so wealthy that you felt you had be a recluse. I picture that Theo’s life on his estate (guessing here), with servants (guessing again) and security (seems like a sure thing) as very comfortable, but it sounds lonely. That level of isolation and probably fear sound like a high price to pay for extreme wealth.
Aldi have weekly specials of non-food items, many of which are momentarily appealing but which you probably don’t really need (bread makers, high pressure cleaners etc). Having said that, I’ve bought all sorts of things at Aldi since they opened in Australia, including a camping cookware set and a vacuum cleaner. Oh and an Android tablet which is almost as good as an iPad, but for less than half the price.
A while back the weekly special was overlockers for $200, which is a good deal. Here’s mine.
It’s probably a Janome or Brother re-branded as Lumina, which is one of Aldi’s many own-brand labels.
It does the job, even though it’s clearly not the very latest design. These tension dials are the giveaway. The latest designs have done away with those big lumpy dials.
I’m dreading the day when a thread breaks or when I need to change the colour that came pre-threaded on the machine. Any machine that needs tweezers for threading is the stuff of nightmares.
I have to admit that it took me a while to even open the box after I brought this overlocker home and I still feel a little intimidated by it. I have only used it a little, for tidying up seams, something it does brilliantly.
I have the feeling that there is so much more I could be doing with this device. I know you can use them to attach lace, but I think it’s been at least twenty years since I felt the need to attach lace to anything. Just not my thing, lace. Maybe I should take a class. Or watch a video. Or just keep quilting.