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Introduction to the domestic overlocker: make a sweatshirt - Morley College, London

Introduction to the domestic overlocker: make a sweatshirt - Morley College, London

About the Course

Learn to use a four-thread machine and sew stretch fabrics while you make a sweat-shirt to your own size. Suitable for women and men, you must be competent on a two-thread sewing machine to benefit from this course.

Many people would like to make clothes using stretch fabrics or overlock the clothes they make in a professional way, but find the idea of using a multi-thread machine too daunting. Conquer these challenges and many more areas of clothes making will become available to you. This course will help you get to grips with this challenging machinery and to overcome your fears. You will learn how to set up and use this type of machine correctly and safely, how to solve problems and use a range of machine functions while you cut and construct a simple pair of jogging trousers to your own size. Suitable for both women and men, you must be competent on a two-thread sewing machine to benefit from this course.

By the end of the course you will be able to
- lay out and cut an active wear pattern in stretch fabric
to set up and thread a multi-thread machine successfully
- start and finish chain, test and adjust stitch settings
- make seams, cuffs and hems
- apply elastic to openings and finish
- produce a simple pair of jogging bottoms using this kind of machine

Class format and activities
Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using lecture, demonstration, examples, samples, handouts and any other technical support material where appropriate.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements
This is a Beginners Course. All are welcome.

•Suitable for people with limited or no previous experience
•Students must be able to speak, read and write in English
•Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential

What you need to know before you enrol
•This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
•Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
•The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
•Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.

What you will need for your class
•a sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins
•1.5m of mid-weight cotton lycra (2-way stretch)
•4 x polyester sewing threads of matching colour
•1m x 5cm wide waistband elastic
•pen, notebook, A4 ring binder and clear plastic pockets
•pattern paper and card are available for use in the studio

What you can do next:
Please enquire for recommendations on continuation courses where applicable.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


Pedro Diego at Morley College London
61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London
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Suitable for

  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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