Introduction to the Overlocker - Make a Raglan Top or T-Shirt

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Maximum Class Size: 5 (reduced due to social distancing) 

Find your confidence in setting up, threading and adjusting tension on an overlocker to neaten your raw edges professionally.


Level: This course is designed for confident machine sewers who are new to overlockers

This workshop is intended to unravel the mystery associated with the overlocker so that you can get the most out of this versatile machine. During the class you will learn how to thread and use a four-thread overlocker plus maintain and troubleshoot any problems you encounter along the way. We will provide you with the practical skills to use your overlocking machine confidently and appropriately to help you make garments with a very professional finish!

During this class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Threading up your machine
  • Adjust tension and stitch length
  • Maintenance and how to replace needles
  • Use of accessories
  • Adjust the blade position
  • Overlock sample fabrics (woven and stretchy)
  • Troubleshooting
  • Sew corners, curved edges and hems
  • Make your top

You will leave the course with reference samples showing the techniques you have learnt, a finished top and the pattern so you can make more 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.

There is a choice between two patterns, which is included in the cost of the course. To save time before the class, we ask that students cut out their pattern pieces beforehand - we are able to post the pattern out to you or you are welcome to collect from the shop. If attending the two part course this can be done between session 1 and 2 and collected during the 1st session. 

We also recommend you either bring with you, or purchase from Ray Stitch, small tools such as pins, a tape measure, unpicker, needles, and thread snips.

You will also need to bring fabric, please find the requirements below.

Fabric Requirements:

Long Sleeve Top (Burda 6990 - Styles A & B)

All Fabric Widths
Size 8-20 : 1.6m 
Size 18-20 : 1.8m (for fabric 115cm wide)

Unisex Crew Neck T-Shirt (Burda 6602)

Fabric 140cm wide
Sizes 32-40: 1.1m
Sizes 42-46: 1.4m

Fabric 140cm wide: 1.2m
All sizes: 1.1m

Fabric Recommendations: Medium to lightweight cotton or viscose jersey knit, baby rib knit, pointelle or interlock. We also have a range of Art Gallery printed cotton jersey's and organic jersey's to choose from.


Our Cancellation Policy: Unfortunately our classes are non refundable. Due to our small class sizes it is also very difficult to transfer your booking to a different date. If you cannot attend a class and are able to notify us at least two weeks before the class starts, it may be possible to fit you in on another date but this is not guaranteed so please give us as much notice as possible to increase your chances.

In the event that we are forced to cancel a class, we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible and offer either a full refund or swap your booking to another suitable date.

Ray Stitch Student Discount: Booking a class entitles you to 10% off all products in the shop. Enjoy!

We look forward to seeing you soon and in the meantime if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Machine buying advice: Unfortunately we don't recommend you purchase the Singer overlocker from Lidl!  This is a difficult machine, prone to breaking.  If you already own one of these machines, bring it along to your workshop anyway but please let us know in advance here.