An industrial overlocker (also known as a serger in North America) is used in industrial sewing production. Unlike its domestic counterparts, this machine is tailored for the heavy-duty demands of commercial settings, where efficiency and precision are required for more repetitive and demanding production.

What is an Industrial Overlocker?

Industrial overlocker sewing machines typically boast multiple needles and loopers, ranging from three to five, each synchronised with a set of feed dogs and blades to create seams on fabrics. The interplay of these components facilitates the swift and flawless execution of functions such as overlocking, cover stitching, and safety stitching. 

One of the hallmark features of an industrial overlocker is its adeptness at handling a diverse array of fabrics with finesse. Whether dealing with delicate silks or robust denim, the adjustable differential feed mechanism ensures an even stitch formation, preventing unsightly puckering or stretching.

Furthermore, the versatility of an industrial overlocker extends beyond the conventional seams. It excels in creating rolled hems, flatlock seams, and decorative stitching patterns, adding a touch of artistry to the garment construction process.

In the realm of garment production, time is money. The rapid stitching speed of an industrial overlocker, often surpassing 1500 stitches per minute, translates to unparalleled efficiency on the production floor. This, coupled with the durability of its construction, makes it an indispensable tool for apparel manufacturers, tailor shops, and textile factories.

Under £700 

As industrial overlockers are heavy-duty machinery designed for a specific purpose they are not cheap. Jack sewing machines produce the cheapest overlocker machines. 

Jack E4-3 3 Thread Overlocker

The Jack E4-3 is our lowest price industrial overlocker at £625. As the name suggests, it is a three-thread overlock and it integrates the servo motor, control box and panel all into the machine head. It is suitable for heavy or light materials and anything in between. Additional features include:

  • Smart dormancy function
  • Integrated oil system avoids oil leaks
  • Presser foot height increased to 27 mm for a larger feeding space
  • LED lighting
  • Low power consumption
  • 5500 spm max speed

Read more about the Jack E4-3 by clicking the link.

Jack E4-5 5 Thread Overlocker

The five-thread overlock version of the Jack E4 range, the Jack E4-5 price starts at £699. It has all the features of the three and four-thread versions including the smart dormancy function where if idle for 30 minutes it enters a power saving mode. Additional features:

  • Integrates servo motor, control box and panel in the machine head
  • Presser foot height increased to 27mm for large feed space
  • Suitable for heavy to light fabrics
  • 5500 spm maximum speed
  • 5mm Maximum stitch width
  • 3.8mm Maximum stitch length

Read more about the Jack E4-5 by clicking the link.

Under £1,000

Jack C4-5 Fully Automatic 5 Thread Overlocker

The Jack C4-5 is a moderately priced sewing machine at £960 but it boasts automation beyond the previous two Jack sewing machines. It is a five-thread overlocker machine (with an option for three threads), with three different modes of operation depending on if you require manual use or fully automatic sewing. Remarkably, it has a vocal navigation setting that can help with troubleshooting issues. Other key characteristics include:

  • High Speed – Up to 7000 stitches per minute maximum
  • Adjustable Speed Control
  • Energy saving direct drive motor
  • LED lighting
  • Pucker free seams
  • Automatic thread cutter
  • Automatic lubrication

Read more about the Jack C4-5 by clicking the link.

Juki MO-6804S 3-Thread

The Juki MO-6804S is a three-thread overlocker ideal for light or heavy-duty applications. At a price of £980 and its new, balanced machine design for quieter operation, it works well in environments where there may be customers. Other features include:

  • Max sewing speed of 7000spm
  • Needle bar stroke of 24.5mm
  • Max presser foot lift at 7mm
  • Machine head weight of 27kg
  • Direct drive
  • Wider and brighter needle entry
  • Adjustable differential-feed micro-adjustment system
  • Needle threader take up mechanism
  • Looper threader take up mechanism

Read more about the Juki MO-6804S by clicking the link.

Pegasus 4-Thread M952-52-2X4/Z054

The Pegasus M952-52-2X4/Z054 is a four-thread sewing overlocker machine at £999. It is designed for environments that have excess dust or dirt as part of production, with the upper looper mechanism utilising special functions to stop dust from getting into the mechanism. Other features include:

  • Silent servo motor
  • Number of needles – 2
  • Castor wheels
  • Oil blocking mechanisms
  • Maximum speed of 7,000 sti/min
  • Rustproof needle plate

Read more about the Pegasus M952-52-2X4/Z054 by clicking the link.

Over £1,000

Pegasus 3 Thread Roll Edge Hemmer M952-16S2-1.5/Z054

The Pegasus M952-16S2-1.5/Z054 three-thread roll edge hemmer is £1,045. This sewing machine is designed for fine hemming work, like that found on wedding dresses. Other features include:

  • Dust prevention measures
  • Silent servo motor
  • Castor wheels
  • Oil blocking mechanisms
  • Maximum speed of 7,000 sti/min
  • Rustproof needle plate

Read more about the Pegasus M952-16S2-1.5 by clicking here.

Juki MO-6814S Direct Drive

Our second Juki sewing machine on the list is the MO-6814S. Priced at £1,099, this industrial overlocker makes seam work easy. The lack of a belt reduces vibration and excess noise, and the LED lighting allows the operator to clearly see their work. Other features include:

  • 2 Needle, 4 Thread Overlocker
  • Direct Drive System 
  • Adjustable LED Lighting
  • Needle Up/Down Button 
  • Colour-Coded Threading System
  • Adjustable Speed Control
  • Adjustable Foot Pressure 
  • Self-Oiling
  • Waste Chute

Read more about the Juki MO-6814S by clicking the link.

Juki MO-6714DA 4-Thread 

The Juki MO-6714DA is a four-thread overlocker and our most costly machine on the list at £1,255. It has a semi-dry head which avoids oil spills with its automatic lubrication system and works best with light to medium materials. Other features include:

  • Stitch type – 2-needle overlock
  • Stitch style – 514
  • Max. sewing speed – 7,000spm
  • Number of threads – 4
  • Over edging width – 4mm
  • Needle bar stroke – 24.5mm
  • Inclination angle of the needle – 20 degrees
  • Needle mechanism – Needle bar method and upper/lower bushing
  • Needle – DCx27
  • Max. lift of the presser foot – 7mm
  • Max. presser foot pressure – 63.7N (6.5kg)
  • Upper knife – Flat knife
  • Stitch adjusting method – By push-button
  • Differential-feed adjusting method – By lever (with micro-adjustment)
  • Weight of the machine head – 28kg

Read more about the Juki MO-6714DA by following the link.