Get confident in setting up, threading up & adjusting tension on an overlocker. Suitable for you if you've never even sat in front of an overlocker OR have had a go and want to get more confident & quick in your overlocking skills!
As dressmakers we LOVE overlockers! An overlocker is a separate machine used to neaten cut edges of garment pieces and seams, giving a professional shop-bought look. Overlocking is much quicker than zig zagging on a domestic sewing machine, so garments can be made more quickly. Also, because the stitches of an overlocker machine have a natural stretch, overlockers are widely used by garment manufacturers to sew entire jersey garments together.
"I attended the Love your Overlocker course last Sunday, and learned more about my overlocker in the first half an hour than I've ever known in the past 20 years!" Julie Allan, Saltdean more reviews here
Session: 6 hour session
Price: £73 - or £63 with Early Bird Saving - this option will be available when you book up to 1 month before course starts
With professional industry garment machinist Carrie White. Learn the easiest way to neaten professional looking seams (much quicker than zigzagging), including corners and curves. For more information on workshop content and what to bring click here
Location:The Sewing Lounge, is situated in Kingsway House, opposite the South end of George St, Hove. It's easy to get to on the bus or on foot from Hove station. You'll be sent full details of getting to us and parking on your booking confirmation. (We have stairs - click here for information on venue access if you have a disability or injury)
Teacher: Carrie White As well as teaching Carrie works as a professional seamstress specialising in making and altering wedding dresses and special occasion wear. She also... Read more about Carrie here
Experience: Absolute beginners to overlocking or those who have done some overlocking but are not yet fully confident with threading up, tension and use. It's generally best to reach an Improver level on the sewing machine before coming on this workshop. For adults and children aged 16+.
What to bring: Machine buying advice:We don't recommend you purchase the Singer overlocker from Lidl! This is a difficult machine, prone to breaking. If you already own one of these machines, bring it along to your workshop anyway but please let us know in advance by replying to your booking confirmation email. Carrie our overlocker teacher highly recommends the Brother 3034D - it's a good machine, easy to thread and a very reasonable price.
Fabric: 1 m firmly woven cotton or poly-cotton fabric like calico or furnishing fabric (doesn't need to be high end quality) cut up into squares (or strips) with a minimum width of 15cm. Cut them out at home before you come along because you will not have time to cut them during the workshop.
Thread: 3x 5000m cones or 3x1000m good quality spools of different colours - the brighter the colour the better (not black, grey, navy blue, or bottle green). This is to show the difference between the threads on the machine, to show which one is the upper looper etc. Buy normal sewing thread or overlocker cones, not thick button thread and not the cheap threads from the basket on the counter at Fabric Land*
Optional: Any items of clothing that have overlocking techniques on them you'd like to ask about eg a type of rolled hem or stitch.
Change for parking - please arrive 15 mins early to find a space and put enough in to park all day without feeding the meter - see parking locations below
Please bring your overlocker if you have one, plus guide book, pedal and accessories (including the toolkit with tweezers (please mark your name on your tweezers), screwdrivers/allen keys). We will provide you with an overlocker if you don't have one, please contact us here to confirm if you will be bringing an overlocker with you or need one.
*We'll give you full details of what to buy plus local & online places to buy fabric and thread on your booking confirmation. Don't forget to cut up your fabric before the workshop.
We provide: Overlocker (or bring your own if you prefer), scissors, pins, chalk, tape measure etc if you don’t have your own
Where to buy fabric: Suggestions of where to buy your fabric locally will be given on your booking confirmation, or to see our list of local fabric shops now click here
Workshop Content: You'll learn how to
Thread up and re-thread
Clean your machine, replace needles, adjust stitch length, overlock with and adjusted stitch "width", adjust the blade position
Overlock woven fabrics - any of the techniques taught on the woven fabric apply to stretch fabric.
Sew corners, curved edges and hems
After lunch, spend more time practising the above techniques of your choice with your tutor's support
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course, found it pertinent and thoughtfully delivered. Your tutor was entirely focused on us and added all kinds of helpful tips which can only come from in depth experience." - Gill Valk, Emsworth
"I really enjoyed the Love Your Overlocker Workshop - the teacher was very good and explained things clearly and in a logical progression from basics through to techniques. The venue was lovely, and it was a very pleasant day spent learning sewing techniques with like-minded ladies." Jane Dean, Peacehaven
"I have to tell you that I could not wait to get back on the machine the following day. It's the best money I have spent in a long time! I now love my overlocker!" Valerie Harper, Brighton
"Thank you for an excellent day at your overlocker class. An excellent tutor and everything I needed to know to give me confidence to start working with my new overlocker. Carrie is certainly a good and fun instructor, and the day was good value."Rosey Mills, Nurse, Fareham
Important - please read before booking:
Each student needs their own account- you cannot book 2 people on through one person's account
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