Overlocking 101

Introduction to the Overlocker aka Serger

Wanting your projects to look a little more polished? Or perhaps you feel ready to work with stretchy, knit fabrics?

With its multiple spools of thread, two needles, and cutting blade, the overlocker is often a daunting prospect even to those with lots of sewing machine experience. From threading up, understanding the tension dials and changing the settings to finishing seams, roll hemming and how to sew garments together, we will get a handle on working with this useful and versatile machine and have you overlocking with confidence!


Skill Level: 3

        Cost: $275 +GST

        • Max. 6 students
        • Location: WEST
        • Class Length: 4 x 2.5 hour sessions or 1 weekend session
        • Prerequisite: Sewing 102 or equivalent

          What is Included?

          • Fabrics for your reference books
          • Thread
          • Sewing pattern
          • Sewing guides

          Supply List: 

          • Dressmaking Pins (ballpoint for knits)
          • Dressmaking Shears (You will need this in class 3 & 4)
          • Fabrics & notions for garment projects (This will be discussed in class 1 or a list will be sent to you)

          Course Outline

          Serger VS Sewing Machine

            What is a serger? What is an overlocker? What is the difference between a serger versus a sewing machine? What does it do and why would I need it? We will cover these questions and more! Learn how to thread an overlocker and how to achieve this finishing with your sewing machine.

              Overlock Finishes

                So many different types of overlock finishes but which one to use?! Learn the difference between 2, 3, and 4 thread, a rolled hem, flatlock stitch, and the other stitches you can achieve with an overlocker. You will have the opportunity to practice with different fabrics, creating samples to refer back to in the future.

                  All About Knits

                    You definitely own a lot of garments made with knit fabrics, you probably wear it everyday without knowing it! There is more to this versatile fabric than it just being stretchy. In this class we will learn how to identify a selection of knit textiles and the difference between 2-way & 4-way stretch.


                        By now you know how to read and work with a sewing pattern, and how to handle and cut certain fabrics. We will show you different methods in working with stretch and knit fabrics before sewing up a crew neck sweatshirt!