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: $315 + GST

  • Max. 6 students
  • Location: WEST
  • Class Length: 4 x 3 hour sessions or 1 weekend session
  • Prerequisite: Sewing 202, 203, or equivalent

Course Outline

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.

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.

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 and hoodie!

What is included?

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

Supply List

  • Dressmaking Pins (Glass, Pearl, or Plastic head)
  • Dressmaking Shears (You will need this in class 2 & 3)
  • Fabrics & notions for garment projects (This will be discussed in class 1 or a list will be sent to you)

Upcoming Dates