"two questions ... where do you get your fold over elastic from? and, can you tell me how you sharpen your overlocker blades? I'm tempted to but would like some guidance."
I may have mentioned two or three hundred times that my husband likes woodwork. Sharpening is a topic close his heart. He has several books about it, his favourite being this one.
The complete guide to sharpening by Leonard Lee.
This is a very thorough and well written book. There is a slightly condescending chapter about sharpening your wife's sewing scissors. This is undoubtedly well intentioned, but I find it rather irritatingly sexist. However, in our house, I sew, and my husband does woodwork, so who am I to complain about stereotypes? I sharpened my own overlocker blades Mr Lee. Take that!
It is not difficult to improve the sharpness of the flat (not bevelled) edge of the overlocker blade. It is, however, tedious, messy and time consuming. If it was easy, quick and cheap to buy a new blade, I would buy them. As it takes about 3 months for the local shop to get them in, I resort to sharpening, especially when I am feeling
The short description: Place the blade on the wet sharpening surface, rub back and forth for a very long time until it is sharper.
Much better descriptions
Sharpening using sandpaper
Source of pictured equipment, and some descriptions of techniques
From left to right - coarse sandpaper taped to a flat surface, Japanese wet-stone, Diamond sharpener.
The price escalates from left to right, and the speed of sharpening also escalates from left to right. My husband has already made these investments, so they don't have to come out of my self imposed sewing budget.
2. Fold over elastic. I have been on a permanent quest for retail fold over elastic sources for several years now. Fold over elastic is allegedly available at Spotlight, but I can never find any, unless it is white, very coarse, and in a packet that says "Replace your fitted sheet elastic". As far as I can work out, most lingerie type fold over elastic in Australia is distributed by Sullivan's, which also owns Lincraft. Neither Birch nor Leutenegger (other main haberdashery distributors in Australia) have coloured fold over elastic on their websites. Brampton's used to distribute it, but Bramptons no longer supplies independent shops, only Spotlight. I have generally been able to find some fold over elastic in the larger Lincrafts, such as Brisbane city. It also sometimes appears in Dimmey's. I do not usually visit either of these shops, and have bought large quantities of several colours on ebay. I will use it all one day, except possibly the hot pink..... I also bought the entire roll of a cream shade at my local fabric shop last year. No more has appeared in the shop, so I imagine that it is a little tricky to source.