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LEARN TO SEW: Using an Overlocker / Serger
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LEARN TO SEW: Using an overlocker is for sewists who want to move past the headache-inducing threading stage, to confidently create beautiful clothing with a wider variety of professional finishes - without hitting youtube overwhelm, or drowning in endless google searches.
The truth is: Most sewists try to make friends with their overlocker (or serger), but never quite get there because it just feels too complicated.
The reality is: Without getting to really know your overlocker, you’ll continue to struggle, and it’s not down to a lack of effort on your part…
• You try endless google searches and you get bombarded with adverts and unclear tutorials
• You try fiddling with the tension and you end up feeling frustrated and dissatisfied because you don’t know what it all means
• You buy all the books but you still don’t understand and you end up just sticking to the simplest stitch
That’s why I created LEARN TO SEW: Using an overlocker - for sewists just like you, who want to make friends with their overlocking machines, and are tired of not knowing where to begin.
A 5 module, 100 lesson, intensive course packed with everything you need to know to not just make friends with your machine, but to move past the ‘first date’ and live together happily forever more!
WHAT IF YOU COULD...
- Feel excited about overlocking and be able to enjoy sewing more advanced projects
- Run up the garments of your dreams in just a few hours, without any stress
- Experience less overwhelm and be more excited about overlocking, with no fear of the knife or the threads
- Go from confused & overwhelmed to calm and confident in only 6 weeks
MODULE 1: Getting to know each other
You’ll learn all about your machine, how it works, what it does and how to thread, and make your first stitches
We’ll dive into:
✓ Everything that came with your machine, and what it’s for, so you are no longer baffled by all the random bits in your accessories pack!
✓ How to thread your machine and alter your tension so you can make even stitches, every time.
✓ Methods to start and finish your stitching so you can get a strong neat and professional finish from the off - completing your first project!
MODULE 2: The first date
You’ll learn how to use 2 and 3 thread modes, and stitch circles and corners, so you can choose the right methods for your projects.
You will learn:
✓ The difference between a 2 and 3 thread overlock (and its variations) so you know what to use and why
✓ How to overlock both inner and outer corners so you can professionally finish your pockets and necklines, every time.
✓ A quick method for stitching circles with no pre-cutting, and put it all together to create some upcycled make-up wipes.
MODULE 3: It’s official!
You’ll learn how to create perfectly balanced seams with a number of different techniques, as well as techniques for (quick) unpicking so even mistakes are headache free!
By the end of this module you will:
✓ Be confident it your seaming techniques so you never get a wave or a wonk again
✓ Know how to stabilise your seams (and why) so your garments have longevity
✓ Be able to do more advanced techniques such as French + Welt seams so your more ambitious projects are easier to complete!
MODULE 4: The commitment stage
Now it’s time to take your relationship to the next level… You will master flatlock, picot, rolled and lettuce hems and so much more - for a truly unique and professional finish to your projects.
✓ 2 and 3 thread flatlock seams and answer your questions about why you need them.
✓ Make more decorative stitches such as fagotting to add interest and detail to your garments and projects
✓ How to create the perfect blind hem, without the need for a special foot!
MODULE 5: A creative partnership
All good relationships require difficult conversations every now and again. You’ll learn how to ‘disagree’ with your machine comfortably, with tips and tricks for problem solving, troubleshooting and working with challenging fabrics - removing the final vestiges of stress from your overlocking experience.
In this module you’ll:
✓ Explore some nifty tricks for brilliant finishes on your garments and projects (pin tucks or rouleau straps, anyone?)
✓ Learn what to do with ragged edges and skipped stitches without losing your mind
✓ Learn how to recognise the difference between your machine needing setting adjustments or professional help
5 Modules worth £40 each - Value £200
24/7/365 professionally recorded video lessons so you can learn at a pace that suits you, in your own time, over and over.
Access to a closed Facebook Group - Value £50
A closed Facebook Group to network with your fellow students, ask questions, and share your achievements. With every day support from a tutor, you won’t be doing this alone.
Live weekly zooms with me, Annie - Value £100
Best of both worlds learning with weekly sociable video calls with your tutor to ask questions, hang out, and learn from your peers.
Plus these special BONUSES:
Bonus 1: Overlocker Maintenance - Value £25
How to keep your machine in tip top condition, so you really can live together happily ever after.
Bonus 2: Intro to Coverstitch - Value £20
A mini-course to help you understand why you might need a coverstitch now you can use your overlocker, and how to get cracking with it if you buy one!
Lifetime access to your course - Value £200
Never be confused again with material you can go over and over PLUS any future updates or additional material
All of this for the introductory price of just £117.
This is the exciting launch of this brand new course. It has been two years in the making … places on this launch co-hort are strictly limited as I want to make sure each and every student gets the support they need. If this course sells out on this run, I won’t be able to open up a second group, and I don’t know when, and if, I will run it in this way again. As it is a brand new course, I want to be sure that the material does everything I need it to so I need to factor in a lot of time to be responsive to specific requests and feedback from participants - it is a unique opportunity to learn what YOU want to, with me providing it in
When does it start?
We begin on 27th April for 5 weeks (6 zooms). You will get an email from us about 10 days before with enrollment info and access to the introductory module.
When are the zoom calls - and do I have to attend?
We know that some people don’t like appearing on video calls, or have lives which don’t allow them to. These calls are so friendly, and supportive and are there for you to ask your questions and share your highs (and lows) They will take place every Thursday evening at 8pm. We will record them if you can’t make them and they will be uploaded within 24 hours, into your course area in the Academy.
Do I need anything special?
It is expected that students will already have an overlocker, and will probably have a stash of scraps or offcuts in their homes.
There are projects embedded in this course to consolidate the learning, but they are optional. If you have a half metre of CL jersey and a half metre of something woven, or scraps of a variety of different fabrics you will have enough to complete the learning.
You will need access to the printer for the worksheets.
4 cones of overlocker thread (can be bought after course starts)
Why Should You Trust Me?
I don't just talk about making sewing easy; I actually do it. My British Sewing Award-winning, hybrid method of learning, refined over years of teaching, gives you the best of both worlds… Learn at your own pace, in your own time, with professionally recorded videos, but have the support of a professional tutor and a classroom environment with your co-students through a closed Facebook group and weekly online video calls.
Learning with me really will get you to where you want to be, in a matter of weeks. I will tell you not just what but WHY, in a clear and digestible way, AND I will back you up with a high level of support both during, and after the course.
I'm not just a sewing teacher - I've been working in the costume, bridal and couture sewing sectors for 25 years and I taught myself to sew long before that.
I GET IT.
I've helped hundreds of students go from being scared to take their machines out of the box, to being confidently creative - sewing beautifully finished projects, with a wide variety of professional finishes.
I’ve helped them avoid fear, go past the threading stage, and overcome their beliefs that it's too complicated.
If you have any questions at all - please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you there!
For graduated students of LEARN TO SEW: Back to basics or Sewing with Stretch Fabrics or the Intermediate Skills Builder, OR people who have sewed before but don’t feel confident working with their overlocker / serger, and long to use it to its full potential.