Overlocker Projects


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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.

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. In this 1-day class, I’ll show you how to sew up a T-shirt, including adding a neck band, and 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 rather try a twin needle hem.

Next, we’ll do a bit of patchwork and make a cushion or zipped pouch (your choice) using a decorative flatlock stitch, also using your overlocker.  Make this an upcycling project by using old jeans, or other worn-out clothing. Using bulky (floss) thread in the looper gives a bold look.

I use my overlocker frequently to take in and re-shape mens’ T’s to give a more feminine shape, or to upcycle 2 or 3 garments into 1. I’ll demo that too.

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 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

Please check here before booking as once purchased, tickets are non-refundable.

Course arrangements

You must be able to bring your own 3 or 4-thread overlocker to this class. Remember your power cable/foot control, instruction manual, spare needles, and tools (long-nosed tweezers, small screwdriver or allen key to remove/change the needles. You’ll need:

  • a pattern for a ladies top requiring jersey knit fabric, (I’ll provide some suggestions when you’ve booked)
  • an appropriate quantity of suitable fabric, and matching threads. Also floss thread in a contrast if you wish.
  • Fabric for your second item (zipped pouch or cushion)

Artisan Stitch operates a ‘Covid-sense’ policy in accordance with the Scottish Government’s guidance for businesses and workplaces. Protection measures including wearing of face-masks are in place to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and attendees. If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact me for clarification BEFORE you book.

Level 3: Confident/intermediate

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. Tutor, Jen Skedd is a lifelong sewist (over 45 years) including over 30 years using overlockers.

Useful links:

If you’re considering buying an overlocker, then I recommend the specialist retailer, Pembertons Sewing Machine Centre

Here’s my reviews of the Juki MO-644D Overlocker and the Singer Overlocker 14SH754.

Overlocker Tension


Friday 26/04/2024    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Artisan Stitch ( St Margaret's House)
Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
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