Look Out Victoria Beckham… Happywitchie has a Huskylock!

Huskylock s21

A brand new Huskylock s21

Two weeks into the new year – I hope it is treating you well.

I’ve got a lovely box to unpack. A brand new Huskylock™ s21 overlock machine (also known as a serger).

Huskylock s21It’s like January 1st all over again – LOVE the potential waiting there for me. Will I be the next best fashion designer? Have my own shows? Become a household name (even in Victoria Beckham’s house)?

Yes to the first two, no to the third. Fame would be alright if you could stay anonymous… but I digress, I’ll leave that discussion for another day.

Time to get Creative!

Writing, drawing, sewing and all things creative serve a dual purpose in my life. They both energise me and relax me. So I try and create as much time as I can for them.

Tailors are dime a dozen in Dubai apparently and really cheap to boot. Not only do people get their ready-made garments altered, they get their own designs made up too. Isn’t that the best?!

Well, unless my friends are holding out on me, the tailors I’ve tried have been a bit of a let down. See for yourself:

  • Image 1 is what a tailor did on a polo shirt I wanted taken up.
  • Image 2 is what I did using my regular sewing machine (an 18 year old Brother) and a needle and thread.
Dodgy tailoring by professional tailor

Image 1: The tailor didn’t match the thread or sew in a single, straight line

Reeta tailoring

Image 2: My work. I’ve taken care to match the thread and keep it neat and tidy.

Admittedly what I did took me a whole day and was tedious going. But still… I am my father’s daughter: If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing it myself.

It took me a long time to decide which Overlock machine to buy. I did lots of research and the Huskylock family kept ticking all my boxes. I settled on the s21 model because:

  1. It has a solid reputation with a dedicated army of enthusiasts.
  2. It has all the main features I was looking for (4 thread, rolled edge, coverstitch, differential feed…)
  3. It is within my price range.

An overlock makes sewing easier, faster and the finishing more professional. It doesn’t replace a regular sewing machine, it does things that a sewing machine can’t.

I’ll be exploring these things once I unpack the machine and get started.

Where to buy the Huskylock s21 in Dubai

Dubai might be known as a shoppers paradise but I suspect that’s a tourist title because the choice here is incredibly limited.

To those of us who live here, we know that if we want something specific it can be a challenge to find. Often it’s far better to ship it in ourselves.

I was in luck. I found my Huskylock in the very first place I looked – Craftland on Beach Road in Jumeriah. As far as I can tell, that’s the only place in Dubai that stocks the Huskylock. They have a few other brands there too.

Craftland offer a free lesson with your machine so you can learn the basics – how to thread it etc. They also offer sewing classes on a range of different techiniqes and skill levels. When you buy a sewing machine, you get a voucher giving you 50% off any class.

My luck was holding out, I happened to get there during a sale and got 15% off.

What I need now is a dressmakers dummy.

Do you sew?

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  1. I don’t sew but my mom does and she would really love this machine!

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