Love Your Overlocker

Love Your Overlocker

Duration: 6 weeks
Start Date: Wednesday 12 June 2024 (Induction: Wednesday 5 June 2024)
Day and time: Wednesday, 9.30am-12noon
Course fee: £70 / FREE (fee remissions available)
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

Do you own an overlocker? Is it in regular use, or is it still lurking in its box, or perhaps banished, unthreaded, to the back of a cupboard?

Would you like to overcome overlocker terrors, refresh your skills, and pick up some new tips, or are you just fed up with only overlocking in white thread?

If the answer to any of the questions is ‘YES!’ then this six-week course is for you!

Come along, meet new people, learn new skills, have some fun time using your creativity…and make friends with your overlocker!

Entry Requirements


Prior experience of sewing and making is essential.

Learners must be able to thread and use a sewing machine competently and be able to follow instructions to construct sewn items.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Content

Each week you will explore an aspect of overlocking.

You will practice the techniques and processes each session by creating a simple sewn item such as a cushion cover, origami bag, and other interesting pieces, using a standard sewing machine and the overlocker.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Basics – safety, overlocker controls, settings and functions, needle types, and other useful things
  • Change threads – in a simple way!
  • Troubleshooting – a look at common problems
  • Rethreading – starting with a naked machine, following the threading guide to replace threads from scratch!
  • Sewing with jersey/knit fabrics – techniques for using the overlocker to construct stretch garments

This is a classroom-based, workshop-style, learning experience.

Level: Intermediate

Classes are not suitable for beginners. Learners must be able to use a sewing machine competently.

Tutor demonstration, advice, guidance, and practical support will be given throughout the session.

If you have your own sewing tools, scissors, pins, etc please bring them with you.

If you wish to bring your own overlocker or sewing machinery it must hold a current PAT test.

You must bring your own resources.

You will need:

  • Cotton fabric – fat quarters are ideal
  • Stretch fabric
  • Thread
  • Haberdashery – ribbon

Your tutor will discuss resource amounts and requirements with you at Induction.

Assessment Method

This is a RARPA based course, assessment is carried out though building of a portfolio and taking part within tasks matched to the individual’s personal targets.

RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement which is the process of assessment for non-accredited learning. It is a means of validating the outcomes of programmes which do not result in qualifications. RARPA is a five-stage process which measures and records learners’ progress, achievements and attendance.

Where can it lead?

You could progress on to further crafting, sewing and pottery/ceramics courses.

As a Hull Training and Adult Education learner, you have access to our Careers Advice Service. Our advisers are on hand to guide you through options and support you to achieve your full potential. Ask your tutor to refer you, if required.

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