Now, I use my overlocker a lot as most of my sewing in the past has been knits. However, there is so much more that can be done with the overlocker than just sewing or neatening seams. I have samples to prove it but no notes on creating them. (I have learned over the years that it is necessary to make notes as you won't remember how you did things when it comes time to do them especially if it's been a while since gaining these skills) So, when my group of the Sewing Guild decided to invite Kate Marra to conduct a workshop on 'Overlocking with Confidence' I jumped at the chance to re-learn the skills I had undoubtedly forgotten.
We started the day by setting up our machines and going over the basics of looking after our machine such as keeping it clean and dust free (something we all apparently do ha ha!), having regular services, using the correct size needles for the weight of fabric we are using, using good quality thread, and speaking to our overlocker nicely. After all it has feelings too! giggle ;) Also Kate explained the differential feed. This was something I knew about but had become confused with over the years in the way it worked. We were also given a folder to keep our samples in for easy future reference. What a great idea! We then started sewing our samples.
|Four thread seams using different fabrics|
|Overlocking outside corners and inside corners|
|Attaching stabiliser to a seam eg. shoulder|
|Three thread Rolled Hem on Chiffon|
|Lettuce Edge - Three thread Rolled Hem on knit fabric|
In all I had a great day, learned a lot and can't wait to try some of the skills I have re-learned especially stabilising seams, the gathering and rolled hems.