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.

"Really enjoyed the workshop. Layla is an excellent teacher. There was a lovely atmosphere and she made everyone feel at ease. I learned a lot and was pleased with my top. I feel much more confident using the overlocker now!" - Helen


Running Time
11am - 5.30pm

Further information

You will learn

  • 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 with the option of using a double needle on the sewing machine

Skill level

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

What's included

  • 10% discount on supplies required for the workshop (fabric & notions)
  • A fabric pack including samples of different fabrics for you to practice different stitches on.
  • A simple t-shirt top pattern in size small, medium, large or extra large (bust size 31” to 43”)
  • 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)
  • A special 15% off voucher for lunch at local cafe, Damascena, for use on the day

You will need to bring

  • 80cm 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 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.

Your tutor

Layla Totah

Layla has been teaching for over 15 years and sewing for 10 years. She started as a secondary school English teacher in London and later moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she set up a small school teaching sewing to ex pats and locals.

Since moving back to London Layla has taught sewing in many different studios around the country and to many different levels learners, however dressmaking is her expertise.

She sews almost all her own clothes and those of her husband but draws the line at her cats!
As well as sewing (pretty much all the time) she also teaches English at a secondary school and knits.

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