Online workshop for improvers - Make friends with an overlocker or serger

Make Friends With An Overlocker

Online Workshop with Tilly Walnes
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TAKE YOUR SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

This online workshop is the essential guide to get comfortable and confident using an overlocker.

An overlocker or serger is a great investment if you want to take your sewing up a level. In this introductory class, we help you get over any fears you have about overlockers or sergers and help you feel confident using your machine.

What equipment do I need?

Overlocker – AKA serger (the workshop includes advice on choosing one)

Four cones or spools of thread

Basic toolkit that should come with your machine (incl needles, long tweezers, small lint brush, spool caps, screwdriver or Allen/hex key)

How long will this workshop take?

That’s up to you! The course is broken down into manageable, bitesize lessons that you can take at a pace that suits you. It includes 9 succinct videos, from 5 to 35 minutes long, plus extra written tuition and a downloadable troubleshooting cheat sheet. You may like to spread the lessons out over a few evenings, set aside a weekend for a binge overlocking session, or simply refer to the videos whenever you need them.

This online workshop contains fully captioned video lessons, written tuition and downloadable resources.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Module 1

Get started with your overlocker

  • Choosing your overlocker or serger
  • Which essential supplies we recommend
Module 2

Thread Your Overlocker

  • How to thread your overlocker from scratch
  • How to change your overlocker threads quickly
  • Tips for threading the loopers and needle
  • How to change just one looper thread without breaking the chain
Module 3

Stitch + Finish Seams

  • Join seams on knit fabrics, like jersey, from scratch
  • How to finish seams on woven fabrics
  • How to navigate curves, corners and loops
  • How to save time with chain stitching
Module 4

Get to grips with the settings

  • What balanced stitches look like
  • Identify each thread on the seam
  • Adjust thread tension for different fabrics, layers and seam issues
  • Adjusting other settings – stitch length and width, cutting width, three or four thread overlock, disengaging the knife, differential feed, presser foot pressure
  • Sewing a rolled hem and lettuce edge finish
Module 5

TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR SEWING

  • Diagnose and fix common seam issues
  • The fast way to unpick stitches
  • How to avoid mistakes
  • Fix mistakes quickly and get on with your sewing!
Module 6

CARING FOR YOUR MACHINE

  • How to clean and oil your overlocker or serger
  • How to replace the needles
  • Knowing when to get your machine serviced

WORKSHOP BENEFITS

1

STEP-BY-STEP VIDEOS

Follow an in-depth programme, structured with our trusted format.
See the sewing in detail with our video lessons!

2

ON-DEMAND ACCESS

Learn at a pace that suits you, any time of day, with no deadlines.
Set your own timetable!

3

LEARN AT HOME

Take the workshop from the comfort of your own home, using your own sewing machine.
There's no need to travel to a class or book a date in your busy diary!

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GREAT VALUE

Revisit the lessons as often as you like, whenever you need a refresher -
for a fraction of the price of attending a face-to-face class!

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

CURIOUS
You're thinking of investing in an overlocker or serger to take your sewing to the next level

LEARNERS
You own an overlocker or serger but you don't feel confident enough to use it regularly

REFRESHERS
You already use an overlocker or serger and want guides you can refer to when you get stuck

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Tilly Walnes

Tilly Walnes is a best-selling sewing author, teacher and founder of Tilly and the Buttons. She has been writing about sewing, designing and teaching for over a decade.

Named 'Most Inspirational Sewing Personality' in the British Sewing Awards, Tilly’s teaching is down-to-earth, encouraging and packed full of helpful tips. She loves sewing, and wants you to love it too!

What makers are saying

This is a fantastic workshop! I learned a lot of things about my machine, I would have never realised if I hadn’t watched this. Great tips, and an excellent resource for the future!

Helen

Thank you so much for this interesting and reassuring workshop. I have bitten the bullet and ordered an overlocker. It's reassuring to know that I can revisit these pages whenever I need to.

Jill

Clear instructions, great videos and I can come back again and again! I’ve done lots of practice, so now I am going to sit down and read my Coco pattern from cover to cover and have a go!

Ann

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MAKE FRIENDS WITH AN OVERLOCKER OR SERGER
£45

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9 video lessons

Closed captions available on all videos

Written tuition + downloadable resources

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9 video lessons

Closed captions available on all videos

Written tuition + downloadable resources

Signed copy of Tilly's book Stretch!
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Customer Reviews

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Jackie SC
Watched this before buying

My local Sewing Shop recommended this training when I mentioned I was thinking of getting an Overlocker. So pleased they did. The tips about what to look for gave me the confidence to purchase. Once I received the machine I found it easy to get going with the help of the tutorials. I keep revisiting the tutorials to remind me of techniques. Could not have got going so easily without this support.

Yay, so pleased you find this workshop useful and that it was recommended too x

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JudeL
Highly recommended!

A clear & informative workshop which is detailed without being overwhelming and is a fabulous resource for me to return to again & again. I love the video format & this is the 2nd one I have subscribed to. Thank you!

Thank you Jude. Team Buttons x

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Linda Hannent
Overlocker workshop

Just perfect for someone who hasn’t used an overlocker before. The overlocker is a game changer for dress making. I have made several garments and is so much quicker than just using a sewing machine. The “how to thread an overlocker “ takes the fear out of it! Glad I found this workshop.

Hi Linda, it's so nice to read your comments, thank you for you sharing. Team Buttons x

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Sarah Dawson
The boost I needed

I was given an overlocker for a birthday present over a year ago and had not found the confidence just to give it a go…until I found this course. It’s just what I needed, thank you

Thank you Sarah, so lovely to read that Tilly's overlocker workshop has given you the boost you needed. Team Buttons x

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Roz
Learnt so much from this

I'd tried the overlocker course on Craftsy, but didn't get anywhere with it. This course was so helpful, and really easy to follow. I didn't have either of the machines demonstrated, but it was still clear enough that I could easily apply it to my machine. Finally, I've got all the threads balanced and was able to whip up a quick make for my kid.

If you're struggling getting going with an overlocker, I'd definitely recommend this course

Thank you so much for your recommendation Roz, so pleased to read you've found Tilly's overlocker workshop helpful. Team Buttons x