Level 6 - Advanced Dressmaker

Developing your Overlocker Skills

Have you already been to our 'learn how to use an overlocker course' and feel like you want a refresher and a bit of extra guidance? Do you wish to further develop your overlocking skills? In this one day course you will recap your existing skills, as well as developing some brand new and exciting techniques on this useful machine!

In the morning you will learn new overlocking techniques and produce samples of these. See 'What will I learn?' for more details.

In the afternoon you will be able to choose some of these skills to use whilst making a gorgeous Bedrock Tee from Sew Liberated. The Bedrock Tee is fitted in the places you like, loose in the places you prefer a little extra room. With two silhouettes, including a tank, short sleeved, and long sleeved options. All t-shirts will be constructed using the overlocker, and you be able to put your new techniques into practice by opting to flatlock the side seams, add a flatlock or lettuce hem, or perhaps use the gathering technique to create a gathered ruffle which can be inserted into the sleeve head for an extra feature - the choice is yours!

PLEASE NOTE - If the class is showing as fully booked, please contact us on [email protected] and we can check availability. Sometimes we can experience a glitch in the website where the workshop appears as fully booked when it is not. We are fixing it as soon as possible.

Running Time
9.30am - 4.30pm

About this workshop

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Arrived having only used my overlocker for seams and have left with so many new techniques to try"

"Loved the day. Good choice of pattern, there were plenty of variations of t-shirt styles"

"I loved this course. the t-shirt was such a lovely shape. It was really good to be able to try out the new skills on the garment we made"

Further Information

You will recap how to use the overlocker, and alter the tension and differential feed for different fabric types.

You will also be taught how to do a range of additional techniques using the overlocker, to develop your skills such as:

  • rolled hems
  • decorative lettuce hems
  • gathering using the overlocker
  • flatlocking
  • flatlocked hem
  • mock hem bands

    You can then choose to use some of these techniques to produce a gorgeous new Bedrock Tee.

    Level 6 - please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you

    This is an extension and development from our 'learn how to use an overlocker course'. We would recommend that you do the 'learn how to use an overlocker course' first so that this workshop is relevant to your skills and knowledge.

    Depending on your past level of experience, you may not completely finish the project during the workshop. However, you will have all the tips and skills required to complete it at home. The focus of this course is getting you confident on he overlocker, not completing a garment in a day.

    • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
    • 10% off any other fabrics and Prym haberdashery purchased on the day of your course
    • A mini fabric pack including samples of different fabrics for you to practice different stitches on.
    • Use of all machines and sewing tools
    • Use of the studio overlocker cone threads in a variety of neutral colours
    • A printed copy of Sew Liberated 'Bedrock Tee' dressmaking pattern, printed in house on our A0 plotter (US sizes 0-34, bust 31"-58", waist 25"-52", hips 33"-61") If you fall out of the size range of the pattern included, please let us know in advance and we can arrange an alternative for you
    • An electronic copy of the Bedrock Tee sewing pattern instructions, which you can view at home afterwards on your phone, device or computer.
    • You will a 'reference only' paper copy that you can use during the class. If you wish to have your own copy printed out, it will be an additional £3.50 charge, this is optional. Please see the link to our PDF pattern printing instruction booklet printing service by clicking here.
    • Tea/coffee and biscuits (Please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the lovely local cafes)
    • Stretch/jersey fabric to make the Sew Liberated Bedrock Tee. Please get in touch regarding fabric quantities needed. We recommend purchasing this in advance of the class so that it can be pre-washed as it is typical for jersey/stretchy fabrics to shrink a little on the first wash.
    • Depending on your fabric choice you may need thread to match your fabric. This could always be purchased on the day.
    • You are welcome to bring along your own Overlocker to the class if you wish but this is not essential. If you plan to bring your own machine please email us at [email protected] to let us know the make and model of your machine, and to confirm that it has been PAT tested or with a copy of the receipt as proof that it is less than a year old.
    • If your overlocker is older than 1 year it must be PAT tested before hand which can be done by an electrician. This is essential for health and safety reasons as we don't have insurance without the PAT test. We are unable to do any repairs or servicing on sewing machines so please ensure if it is an old overlocker that is has been serviced before hand. Our local sewing machine shop in Kings Heath, Frank Nutt, is able to carry this out.

    Becca Porter

    Becca has been creating with a needle and thread for as long as she can remember and discovered the world of dressmaking in her teens. She quickly became hooked, spending all her free time glued to her machine and developing her skills. Since then she's taught many others to sew too and now teaches online workshops for the pattern company Sew Over It.

    Becca enjoys spending time on the details; getting patterns to match, nailing the position of a pocket or producing perfect topstitching. She loves sharing her passion with others, helping them create clothing that they love and feel proud of.

    Dates & Times

    • 9:30am Fully Booked