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Join us to learn how to love your overlocker (or one of ours) and use it with confidence.

This 3-hour course is aimed at those that have recently purchased an overlocker or those who have one that is still in its box! If you are thinking about buying an overlocker but don't have one yet, you are welcome to use on of ours to try it out.

What will you learn

  • threading a 4 thread overlocker
  • change needles
  • enable/disable the knife
  • adjust the tension
  • use the differential feed for different stitches
  • clean and maintain your overlocker
  • use your overlocker accessories and different feet

You will leave with a number of samples of overlocking on woven and stretch fabric and the knowledge with which to use your overlocker with confidence. You can then join our follow up workshop Overlocker #2 - Make A Garment With Your Overlocker to make your first garment using your overlocker or do both courses in one day. We'll provide a discount should you wish to join both workshops.

What you need to bring

You will need to bring with you your overlocker and power cable, a printed copy of your overlocker manual, and your overlocker accessories.

Overlocker sewing machines

We suggest that you bring your overlocker machine so that you can learn how to use it. There is free parking and it's a short walk to the studio so don't worry about carrying it (we can help too). We have two machines that can be used should you not have an overlocker machine and joining the workshop to try one out before you buy. This machine is on a first come first serve basis so it's important that you email us before booking to see if they are available - 

What will be next after attending this workshop?

Once you have joined this workshop you can attend our follow-up workshop making your first garment with your overlocker in our OVERLOCKER #2 Make A Garment With Your Overlocker workshop. 

Both courses in one day!

We have both of these courses running on the same day. Should you wish to join both courses, you'll receive a 15% discount (new price for both £89.25) and can also use our payment plan for workshops priced more than £65. Please see here for the details and how to book the double workshop with a payment plan.

How to book

Choose the date from the dropdown menu. Select this course on its own or join the full-day course (discount already allocated in the price).

      About your teacher

      Penny Follows

      Penny Follows has been teaching for a number of years at John Lewis, RayStitch and from her studio in Chesham.  Penny was fortunate to be taught to sew at school by two enthusiastic teachers and also at home by her mother and two grandmothers.  She started to make her own clothes at aged eight.  Penny now makes bespoke clothing for her clients when she isn't teaching. 


      The Avid Seamstress. First Floor, High Lea Business Centre, Witchampton Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5AA. For more info on our venue click here


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