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Unlocking Your Overlocker

  • The Stitchery 24 Sandyford Pl Glasgow, G3 7NG United Kingdom (map)

One Day Workshop // 10am - 5pm // Skill Level: Pure Beginner (and upwards) // Cost: £60 (includes sample fabrics) // Instructor: Patricia Collins, Fashion Technician at Glasgow Caledonian University

About This Course

An overlock stitch is what you'll find on the inside of almost any piece of regular hi-street clothing. It's the ubiquitous stitch for quick and neat seaming, hemming, or edging. An Overlocker (also known as a 'Serger' in North America) is a machine dedicated to this purpose, and it comes in particularly handy when sewing with knitted fabrics, such as jersey. 

In this course, led by expert Patricia Collins, we'll be helping you to get your head around this rather odd looking machine. Techniques will include the different overlocking stitches; curves & corners; and additional functions such as rolled hems.  We will also be giving you a quick intro to our new Coverlocker machine.

Course Requirements

This is a beginner course, so no experience is necessary. If you own one, we recommend that you bring your own overlocker machine. If not, there are 3 available for use at the studio, on a first-come-first-served basis (there is an option for this during booking). 

The cost of this class includes some sample fabrics and threads to play with. But we do ask that you bring 4 spools of overlocking thread to the class. And you are more than welcome to bring your own scraps of fabric too. Patricia will be available for any questions you may have on your existing projects.


At the end of this workshop, you should go home with:

  • A basic set of overlocker skills that you can use with a variety of projects.
  • A folder full of the samples you made during the classes (see examples below).
  • Your copy of the 'Unlocking Your Overlocker' e-book.

Booking Your Place

To book your place on this course, you can use our online booking system below. You can pay a deposit or, if you prefer, pay the full course amount. Please familiarise yourself with our Terms & Conditions before making your booking. 

You can pay by PayPal or any major debit/credit card.  NOTE: You do not need a PayPal account to make a booking. Simply click on the link which says "pay with a debit or credit card". It looks like this. 

Any Questions?

If you have any questions please have a look at our FAQs page. We also recommend reading the relevant page on our Student Resource Page, where you can find useful insights on the course structure and what supplies you'll need to bring to class (Note: If you don't see your course info up yet, don't panic, we'll have it up with enough time to get your supplies together before the course starts).

If you don't find your answer in either of these places, then please feel free to contact us.


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