Know Your Overlocker

Know Your Overlocker

Wednesday 7 March, 2018 - Wednesday 7 March, 2018
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Adults: Intermediate - some sewing experience required and must bring own overlocker

Price: £30

Know Your Overlocker aims to teach you how to use an overlocker to enhance your sewing projects.

Overlockers are amazing machines that can stitch, trim and neaten seams all in one operation. 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. This short sessions teaches you to get to know your overlocker.

Other functions include sewing in elastic and lace trims, creating decorative seams on sports and casual-wear, 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 require a good understanding of how changing the tensions creates different stitch types. So I’ll teach you to understand how the tension settings affect the stitch type and quality, how to recognise and obtain correct tension. So you really do get to know your overlocker.

What’s covered:
Know what all the parts do
How to thread it and obtain the correct tension
Sewing knitted fabrics
Basic edging and seaming operations using 2, 3 & 4 threads
Flatlock and blind hemming
How to add decoration to your clothes
You must be able to bring your own 4-thread overlocker to this class. Also, please bring samples of a variety of fabrics such as heavyweight (denim or furnishing fabric, jersey knit such as an old T-shirt, and silky polyester, organza or fine crepe such as an old scarf or evening blouse.

Duration: 3 hours

Level 2: Improvers (must be familiar with domestic sewing machines, and have own overlocker)

Know Your Overlocker


Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House,
Sixth Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road