Guide To Overlockers

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Looking for a comprehensive overlocker sewing course? Well look no further! Overlockers can seem like big, noisy beasts but they can easily be tamed. And, once you get to know them, they’ll become your best sewing friend. Make sure you are using yours for more than just finishing your seams and learn about the many other things you probably didn’t even realise it could do for you!

In this detailed overlocker sewing course, we cover every detail of owning and using an overlocker. Starting with an in-depth look at the overlocker anatomy and the accessories kit; we’ll talk you through every button, dial and lever so that you know where everything is and what it does.

We’ll hold your hand as we take you through threading, explaining how the overlocker works as we go. We’ll go through some basic exercises to get you confident stitching all kinds of shapes such as corners, curves and enclosed seams. We’ll even explain how to analyse your stitching in detail so that you can check for errors.

We’ll share lots of the tips and tricks that we’ve picked up along the way including what threads to use, how to pin, how to finish off your tails and even how to efficiently unpick your seams.

As a next stage, or for those of you who have already been using an overlocker for a while, we take a much more in-depth look at tension. We’ll teach you to identify bad looper or needle tension and how to rectify it. We’ll explain how the cutting width and differential feed can help you get the perfect stitch for every kind of fabric. Then we’ll go through many other kinds of troubleshooting including ragged edges, skipped stitches and breaking threads or needles.

Once you’ve got the basics down, we’ll show you how to reduce the number of threads on your overlocker to 3 or even 2, to create 10 different stitches including rolled hems, picot edges and flatlock stitches. Plus, we’ll show you a number of additional feet and attachments that you can get for your overlocker for help with tasks including gathering, elastic attachment and hemming.

Finally, we’ll show you how to give your overlocker a spa day covering cleaning, oiling, replacing cutters and needles and much more. This is the only overlocker sewing course you will ever need!

What you will get in this class…

54 video lessons totalling 4 hours 52 minutes which you can access online via your own personal login as many times as you like.  The videos will be available on our website forever.

Two downloadable worksheets you can use to follow along with the class to help you with finding everything on your overlocker and recording your tension settings for different stitches.

Step by Step instructions at every stage by The Stitch Sisters. You can leave comments on the class and ask questions at any time. 

What people have said about this class…

Thanks for an excellent class. I was far too impatient to spend the time to go through my manual and work all this out and I actually found the manual a little unclear in places so this has really spelt out everything I really needed to know. I’ve actually been having some issues recently after trying to fiddle with the tension and differential feed based on something I had seen previously so now I understand properly what each part does I can go back and fix it. I recently had a project that I would have loved to use the settings for overlocking lighter weight fabric so next time I will definitely get that sorted. I’m planning a few viscose dresses this summer.

I’ve had a Janome overlocker for a number of years, and whilst I am happy using it to overlock seams the thought of doing anything else fills me with dread. I hate changing the thread colour because after going through the procedure it doesn’t always chain, so I have to start again. I have really found your lessons useful and can’t wait to try to use the machine to its full potential. Thank you.

I have just finished gathering yards and yards of fabric for a tiered petticoat (on the sewing machine) and today just seen your lesson on gathering on the overlocker by pulling up the needle threads – brilliant! Wish I’d seen this lesson 24 hrs ago !! Thank you ladies for your great class.

Although I’m not new to overlocking I have just been getting by. I bought this class to learn more and get more confident with overlocking. I have already learnt something. I didn’t realize that the tension dials only engage when the pedal is present. Also I was never sure where to put the threads after threading and it was good to see how you do the chaining. I was just putting my foot down! I haven’t actually tried it yet just looking at the video. I will be doing this tomorrow. So far so good.

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We really hope our classes will make you really happy! If for whatever reason you are unhappy with the class after you have purchased it, please get in touch with full details of your issue within 14 days of payment. If your complaint is valid we will be happy to issue you a refund.

You do not need to follow along with your own overlocker in this class but it would certainly help. If you are planning to follow along, these tools and materials will help:

★ Your downloadable worksheets

★ Your overlocker with accessories kit and manual

★ A notebook and pen or pencil

★ Four threads (or cones) – we used colours that match the thread guides on our overlocker (red, blue, green, orange)

★ Scrap fabrics for testing and practice

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