Last night, I went to my first overlocker lesson. It is a course that goes for 4 weeks, and at the end of it, I should be pretty confident with my machine, apparently. I have absolutely zilch experience with an overlocker, or serger, so anything my teacher could teach was going to come in pretty handy.
The first lesson was about taking care of the machine, threading it (!) and learning how to adjust stitch length and the fabric feed. Threading the machine was so hard. It is so fiddly, you actually have to use tweezers. I managed to misread the instruction manual and thread the needles the opposite way as well, which means my classmates had to wait for my teacher to work out what I had done wrong. Sorry ladies.
In the class, we will also be learning all the different types of hems you can do, and we will make an overlocker cover and a lingerie bag. How exciting. Our teacher says the first lesson is the hardest, so I am really looking forward to next week. Come to think of it, the hardest part of last night was carrying the damn machine from my car aimlessly around the building, trying to find the right classroom. It seriously weighs a tonne and I had to keep resting so my arms wouldn’t fall off. Thank goodness I’ll know where to go next week.
Our stylish teacher was wearing a gorgeous Charlie Brown jersey wrap dress, which she purposely wore to show us the various overlocker stitches on the dress. It made me appreciate wrap dresses more and I plan for one of my first projects with the newly acquired overlocking skills to be a wrap dress. Like this one by Halston Heritage: