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Fabric Godmother

Get To Know Your Overlocker (24th March 2018)


Get To Know Your Overlocker (24th March 2018)


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 Date: Saturday 24th March 2018

Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm

Location:  Fabric Godmother, Knoll Business Centre, Old Shoreham Road, Hove, Sussex BN3 7GS  (There is free parking on site or the nearest train station is Portslade station)

Price: £70


Julia Hincks is a textile artist and teacher. She has sewn and knitted from an early age, learning her skills from her mother and grandmothers. Having trained as a teacher at Cambridge University in 2001 and taught in a variety of schools, she now works for the Friends Centre and City College Brighton and Hove teaching a range of creative crafts to adults – Fashion, Dressmaking, Knitting and Crochet. Julia makes and alters clothes for clients across the city and also teaches privately on an individual and group basis.  Julia is the author of ‘The Overlocker Technique Manual’ and ‘The Serger’s Technique Bible’ (The US version) which is available from Amazon and other good book shops.  The book is also available in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.  Further details about Julia and her current projects can be found at www.juliahincks.com 

Who is this class for?

This is the ideal workshop for those who have an overlocker but don’t know how to use it (or are too scared to get it out of the box!!). Thinking about buying an overlocker? You are also welcome to come along and learn the basics before going out and buying your own machine.
You should have some knowledge of using a sewing machine before taking this course.
This course is a beginner’s overlocking course – we will not be able to cover more advanced overlocking techniques such as the cover stitch or chain stitch settings on your machine (if it has these).
Places are limited to 6 people for this course to ensure you get the level of attention from the teacher you deserve.
You will be able to purchase a signed copy of Julia’s book on the day.

What you will learn: 

  • Thread, unthread and rethread your machine 

  • Adjust the tension dials to create a perfectly balanced stitch 

  • Overlock corners and curves 

  • Use the stitching guidelines on the foot or needle plate
  • Finish off the thread ends to stop unraveling
  • Fix mistakes or unpick your stitching
  • Adjust the stitch length and width
  • Adjust the cutting width
  • Adjust differential feed on your machine and discover the effects of this 

  • Adjust foot pressure
  • Create simple hemming techniques, exclusive to overlocking 
including roll hemming and the mock band hem.
  • Use your newly learned skills to create a snood or skirt.

Also included in the course:

  • Tuition from Julia Hincks, author of 'The Overlocker Technique Manual'. 
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits
  • Fabric to practice on
  • Overlockers (if you don’t have your own)
  • A day of learning, fun and biscuits
  • 10% discount at Fabric Godmother on the day of the course

What you need to bring:

  • Your overlocker, if you have one, if not, use one of ours.  Don’t forget to bring the power cable, overlocker manual and accessories (tweezers are essential)
  • Selection of threads – these can be matching spools or different colours.  Please bring at least 4 spools.  These do not have to be the cone style threads – you can use most types of general sewing threads on your overlocker
  • Stapler (to attach your overlocking samples to your instruction booklet)
  • 70cm of lightweight jersey to make your snood or 70cm of ponte roma or heavier jersey for your skirt.  Bring 4 spools of thread to match you fabric. (We have loads of jerseys here at Fabric Godmother so if you don’t have anything in your stash - you can buy fabric here on the day and make use of your 10% off discount!)
  • Any overlocking projects you are currently working on that you would like some help with
  • Scraps of different fabric types you want to practice with – we will provide fabric scraps if you are unable to bring any
  • Sewing kit (Fabric scissors, pins, tailor’s chalk or other marker, ruler, tape measure, unpicker)
  • Rotary cutter and mat for cutting your skirt or snood fabric if this is your preferred cutting out method. (Bring fabric scissors otherwise!)

Got any questions? Please email Julia juliahincks@hotmail.com with any questions or if you are not sure if this course is for you.

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