Know Your Overlocker Online Event

Know Your Overlocker Online Event

Tuesday 30 March, 2021 - Tuesday 30 March, 2021
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Adults. Overlocker beginners

Price: £25

This ‘Know Your Overlocker’ online workshop will help you get the best from your Overlocker.

Learn how to thread your overlocker, understand tension, and find out how to use it to its full potential. This class will revolutionise your sewing.

Course description

Overlockers are amazing machines that can stitch, trim and neaten seams all in one operation as well as hem garments and add decorative finishes. Yet so few owners fully understand them or use them to their full potential. Most people who have overlockers only use them for neatening edges but they can do so much more.

Other functions include sewing in elastic and lace, creating decorative seams on sports and casualwear, rolled hems on evening wear, and making home furnishings. Not to mention being able to sew up jersey fabrics quicker and more neatly than your normal domestic sewing machine.

But overlockers are more complicated than normal sewing machines. They’re more difficult to learn to use ‘out the box’ and need a whole new set of skills.  So this overlocker tuition session will teach you to understand how the tension settings affect the stitch type and quality. Also how to recognise and obtain correct tension. We’ll also look at different stitch functions and their applications. So you really do get to know your overlocker and discover just how versatile they are.

Who is this aimed at?

  • anyone who owns an overlocker and is scared to take it out the box;
  • anyone who’s struggling to obtain the correct tension;
  • anyone who would like to use their overlocker for more than just neatening edges;
  • you should have experience of sewing machines and basic dressmaking.

What will I learn?

Know your overlocker online will show you:

  • what all the parts do
  • how to thread it* and obtain the correct tension
  • how its use integrates with your sewing machine (when to sew, when to overlock)
  • sewing woven & knitted fabrics
  • basic edging and seaming operations using 3 & 4 threads
  • dealing with corners
  • flatlock and blind hemming
  • rolled hems

(*within the limitations of an online facility)

What will I need?

The course provider will contact you after booking to let you know everything you’ll need. But basically it’s a 4-thread overlocker, thread and fabric scraps to practice on and access to a device with a webcam.  Full details are available on the provider’s own website when you book.

This course is provided by Artisan Stitch, who hold a Certificate of Excellence, and were rated Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh 2019. They’ve also won a UK Enterprise award for Best sewing classes 2020.  They are the only course provider in Edinburgh, and one of only two in Scotland,  that are recommended by Queen Margaret University.

How do I book?

Click here for further information and to book.  Enquiries to

Only £25.  Numbers are strictly limited so early booking is essential.


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