Workshops Overlocker Projects

Overlocker Projects
Friday 26 April 2024 10:00am - 4:00pm
St Margaret's House
Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: Adults (16 years +). overlocker experience required
Price: £70
Location: Artisan Stitch, 6.03A (6th floor)

Overlocker Projects

Overlocker Projects is the sequel to my very popular ‘Know Your Overlocker’ class, and will teach you how to actually make stuff using your overlocker. This event puts the emphasis on upcycling existing garments and household textiles.

Overlocker Projects – Course description

I’ve been promising this sequel class for a long time and here it finally is!  If you’ve completed the initial overlocker training, are now best friends with your overlocker and no longer feel the urge to lob it out the window every time you try to thread it, then you’re ready for the next step.

Learn how to construct garments and other craft items with your overlocker. There is a strong emphasis on upcycling in this 1-day class.  Every year, 92 million tonnes of textiles are dumped in landfills; that’s 1 truck-full EVERY SECOND! My aim in this class is to how you how to use your overlocker as an upcycling tool, to utilise all those textiles that exist already, and not feel that you have to buy new. 

I’ll show you how to re-make a basic baggy T-shirt into a feminine fitted top. This will including re-modelling the neckline and adding a neck band. You can choose your favourite method of finishing the sleeve and bottom hems (Blind hems, mock band, or adding a separate cuff). Whilst it’s possible to complete everything on the overlocker, sewing machines will also be available if you’d like to try a twin needle hem.

Next, we’ll do a bit of patchwork and make a cushion or zipped pouch (your choice) from worn-out jeans using the  decorative flatlock stitch on your overlocker. Using bulky (floss) thread in the upper looper gives a bold look.

What will I learn?

-How to sew knitted fabrics and construct a T-shirt or jersey top.
-Blind hemming, mock bands, or adding separate bands/cuffs
-Piecing with flatlock

This course is for you if:

  • you have completed my ‘Know Your Overlocker’ training, or you are already confident threading your overlocker and changing the tension settings to achieve different stitch types, and 
  • and would like to use your overlocker to make items.
  • or you are confident with threading and tension control, and you want you would like to use your overlocker for more than just neatening edges

You should have experience of sewing machines, using commercial paper patterns to construct garments, and be able to bring your own overlocker.

Artisan Stitch holds a Certificate of Excellence for Best Sewing Classes in Edinburgh 2019, won a UK Enterprise award for Best sewing classes 2020 and Best Private Sewing Education & Tuition in 2021. Further awards have followed every year. Tutor, Jen Skedd is a lifelong sewist (over 45 years) including over 30 years using overlockers.

For further information, please e-mail Early booking required here.


Location details

St. Margaret’s House – Sixth Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE

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