Advanced Overlocker Techniques - Make A Dress

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Maximum Class Size: 6



This two part 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 two part 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, and inserting elastic
  • 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.

Material Required:

RAGLAN DRESS (New Look 6298 - Styles include different lengths, necklines and additional pockets)

Fabric 150cm Wide
Size 10: 1.5m - 1.9m
Size 12-14: 1.6m - 1.9m
Size 16: 1.6m - 2m
Size 18: 1.6m - 2.1m
Size 20: 1.8m - 2.3m
Size 22: 1.9m - 2.8m

Fabric Recommendation: Jersey with limited stretch or stability such as ponti di roma, interlock or a light - medium weight sweatshirt fabric.

WRAP DRESS (New Look 6301 - Styles include flared or straight skirt sleeveless/short/long sleeves)

Fabric 150cm Wide
Size 8: 1.9m - 2.1m
Size 10-14: 1.9m - 2.2m
Size 16: 1.9m - 2.4m
Size 18: 2m - 2.5m
Size 20: 2m - 2.6m

Fabric Recommendation: Light - medium weight single knit jersey in cotton, bamboo or any blend, rib jersey, interlock.

The dress pattern of your choice is included and refreshments will be provided during your class. You can also benefit from 10% off any purachses you make in our store on the day!

Machine buying advice: We recommend 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. The teacher'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! The teacher 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. The teacher 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