Level 5 - Intermediate Dressmaker

Learn How to Use An Overlocker/Serger

Overlockers (also known as Sergers) aren’t as scary as they seem – honest!

They are a great way to quickly sew stretchy/jersey fabrics, finish off seam allowances neatly and do lots of other cool things like rolled hems.

In the first half of this one day workshop you will learn how to thread the Overlocker and change the settings when using different types of fabrics.

In the afternoon you will put your new skills into practice by making a really simple t-shirt top with stretch fabric.

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 - 4.00pm

Further Information

  • How to thread the Overlocker and fix tension issues
  • How to successfully sew a seam with the Overlocker
  • How to set up and use the Overlocker for different finishes and stitches
  • How to move the cutting blade so that the machine doesn’t cut the fabric as it stitches
  • Different methods of sewing the neckband
  • Different options for hemming jersey fabrics

Level 5 - please click here to read the description of this level to ensure it is suited to you

  • 20% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • 10% off any other fabrics purchased on the day of your course
  • A fabric pack including samples of different fabrics for you to practice different stitches on.
  • A simple t-shirt top pattern in bust size ranges 31” to 43”. 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.
  • Use of all machines and sewing tools
  • Overlocker cone threads is a variety of neutral colours
  • Tea/coffee and biscuits (Please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the lovely local cafes)
  • 1m of stretchy/jersey fabric for your simple t-shirt. This can be light-medium weight as the style is versatile for different weights of fabric
  • Thread to match your fabric for top stitching the hem
  • 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 £95
  • 9:30am £95