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What is an overlocker?

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Overlockers, originally used in industrial sewing venues, are a valuable asset to home sewers.  

Not long ago, overlockers were only available for commercial use. The machines were huge, heavy and impractical for home sewers. Fortunately, the market has changed and there are wonderful assortments of industrial-quality overlockers, at a variety of price points, designed specifically for home sewers.

Different from a conventional sewing machine that forms a stitch with a bobbin and top thread, an overlocker works with loopers and needle threads that form an overlocking stitch.

When selecting an overlocker, keep in mind that as the number of threads and loopers increase, so does the price of the machine. So, choose the configuration that best fits your needs.

What does an Overlocker do? To read the full in-depth article on overlockers please click here

Interested in learning to use an Overlocker? Read details in the box below



At Sew In Brighton sewing school, based in Hove, East Sussex we can show you how to thread up, adjust tension, sew jersey and other fabrics and answer any of your questions you may have about overlockers, how they work and which overlocker is suitable for your needs. You can bring your own overlocker machine or learn on ours. 

We have these options to help you get to know your overlocker: 

Love Your Overlocker Workshop
Learn to use an overlocker (use ours or bring your own) or get help with ANY sewing project you have in mind to our Click here for details

Level 2 Overlocker Workshop
Love Your Overlocker workshop - Sew In Brighton
Learn advanced overlocking techniques including decorative stitching, more on rolled hems, cover stitching, blind hemming, dealing with corners, other hems and sewing with lycra... 
Click here for details

1-2-1 overlocker lessons
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Private tuition covering either Love Your Overlocker or both that and Level 2 workshop content with our Overlocker expert at our classroom in Hove - or we may be able to hold the class at your house
Click here for 1-2-1 class details and prices

If you  are a 
Beginner to sewing on machines and want to learn to sew with an ordinary sewing machine before advancing onto overlocking (recommended) click here to view our complete beginner classes and workshops