Difference Between Baby Overlock and Normal Overlock Stitches

'Baby Overlock' is not a very common stitch name. I have heard this term a few years ago when I was working in a garment export house. I used to recognize this stitch by its design. That time I did not think of comparing 'Baby Overlock' stitch with 'Normal Overlock'. 

Fortunately, one of my friends who are preparing to start a garment manufacturing business asked me this question. I hope you will also find this article helpful. Keep reading and comment at the end.   
Normal Overlock Vs Baby Overlock Stitch
The major differences are as following:
  1. Baby overlock stitch, one type of serging operation, is used for edge finishing in single ply. Like, this stitch is used in bottom hem for kids and ladies Tops, sleeve hem and necklines of ladies knitted and woven products. On the other hand, normal Overlock stitch is used to join two layers - like side seam, joining sleeve to the armhole.

  2. 3 Thread overlock sewing machine is used to form baby overlock as well as normal overlock stitch.

  3. Stitch density (stitch per inch) is higher in baby overlock compared to normal overlock.

  4. Width of baby overlock seams are narrower compared to normal Over Lock seam

  5. Baby Over Lock stitch forms curly edges where you will get straight edges in Normal overlock stitches.

  6. Purpose of baby overlock is to stop fraying of yarns from the edge and at the same time give a clean edge finish.
Related post: An overlock machine and its application

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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