Advanced Overlocker Class - Make A Dress

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Advanced Overlocker Class - Make A Dress

Begins: Tuesday 30 July 2019

Ends: Tuesday 06 August 2019

Session: 2


Time: 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Level: Advanced

Maximum Class Size: 6

This class follows on from our Introduction to Overlockers and further explores how to utilise your overlocker to it’s fullest capacity. You will put your skills to the test by making a more complicated garment using one of our sewing patterns.

Level: This course is designed for experienced overlocker users who would benefit from learning more about how to use these machines to construct garments successfully with an industry style finish and want to extend their knowledge of it's capabilities.

During this class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Adapt and cut your pattern

  • Adjust machine tension and stitch length for your chosen fabric

  • Adjust the blade position

  • Advanced overlocking techniques including pin tucks, rolled hems, flat locking, gathering, elastic and fake coverstitch

  • How to construct a full garment using your overlocker

  • When it is necessary to use your sewing machine instead of the overlocker

  • You will leave the course with a finished dress and a wealth of new overlocker skills so that you can make a variety of different garments using your overlocker at home

    What to bring: Please bring your overlocker if you have one, it will more beneficial to learn using your own machine as each one is different. Remember your manual, pedal and accessories (including the toolkit, tweezers, screwdrivers & allen keys). Please email us with details of the make and model of your machine. It should be in good working order. We can provide you with an overlocker if you don't have one, please let us know in advance.

    Machine buying advice: Penny recommends the Janome 9200D. It's simple to use, is a great, robust domestic overlocker and is good value for money too at £229.
 Unfortunately we don't recommend you purchase the Singer overlocker from Lidl!  This is a difficult machine, prone to breaking.

    Student Testimonials:

    “This course met my objective. I am more confident with my overlocker. Penny’s expertise - and patience - made this very worthwhile. And although she did not know my particular machine she learned it so that I was not disadvantaged!” - Margaret

    “Brilliant class. Penny was so knowledgable and patient. I really feel like I know the workings of my overlocker now, how to use it confidently and troubleshoot. I also enjoyed the conversation while we sewed too. This was my first class at Ray Stitch and I will definitely book more.” - Rachel

    “Great for novices to this complicated bit of kit! Penny was very patient and understanding of our varying ability and need.”

    “The course was great because it showed me that I could use the overlocker to make an entire garment as I used to think it was just an accessory to the sewing machine. Learning to thread the machines was very useful. The top we made was perfect as it was the right level of difficulty. Penny provided just the right amount of support, she showed everyone individual attention and adapted the class as needed. I loved the class and gained a lot!” - Carla


    Penny Follows has sewn since an early age, indeed she does not remember a time when she didn’t sew! She was fortunate enough to have a mother who was a skilled needlewoman and who created all sorts of stylish clothes for herself and Penny. Penny was encouraged to sew for herself by her mother and two grandmothers, one of whom was a tailoress. Penny worked with Janome as a sewing consultant at John Lewis and taught machine sewing at their flagship store in Oxford Street for a number of years. Penny joined our team of teachers at Ray Stitch in 2016 and leads a variety of workshops, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sewing and making clothes. She combines teaching with running her own business called The Village Seamstress taking most pleasure in creating bespoke garments for clients.