Going on holiday, Karen? No, going to an overlocker class!
When I shared my new overlocker purchase, Sew Incidentally got in touch straight away. Did I want to go to an overlocker class with her? For any of you who haven’t yet met Sew Incidentally, she’s an organisational whirlwind. Captains of industry should want to employ Sew Incidentally, think about what they’d pay her and then double it. This woman could sort out the economic crisis, the riots and still have time to whip up a new skirt all before lunch! So I knew I was in safe hands.
Sure enough, she was soon sharing with me a comprehensive list of every overlocker class available in London. We settled on a two-hour evening class at The Make Lounge as this was convenient for both of us and affordable. We totally made the right decision. This class was awesome!
I decided to take my own overlocker (after checking The Make Lounge was happy with this arrangement) hence the shot of me and a small suitcase. Yes, I dragged an overlocker over the uneven streets of London all day. The only ill consequence was that the lightbulb worked its way loose. I can now confirm that the Brother 1034D overlocker is indestructible as well as affordable and easy-to-use.
We were to make a pair of napkins in the class, choosing fabric from this wonderful array:
But first, our lovely tutor, Suzanne, showed us how to thread an overlocker. She was working on a Janome. My machine was a Brother. Then she made me snip the threads on my pre-threaded machine. Gulp. Thankfully, I’d had the sense to take my instruction manual along with me and felt fairly confident about progressing with Suzanne by my side. There were only four of us in the class, so I knew I’d have fair dibs on her attention.
What can I tell you? Come closer. Lean in. I’ll whisper. It really wasn’t that hard. My first attempt at threading saw a thread come loose when I overlocked. My second attempt? Spot on! Several miniscule fiddles with the tension and we were rocking and rolling! Tension is clearly the biggie with overlocker – these are sensitive babies on that front. But otherwise, my Brother overlocker had made me smile – yes, smile! – whilst using it:
No rest for the wicked, however. We were straight on to learning how to adjust the machine for a rolled hem. For me, this involved not only taking out a needle but taking out a piece of the machine. Double gulp. Even Suzanne looked a tad wobbly of smile. But I cracked on with my rolled hems and – voila! – I had two napkins. As for that bit of the machine I now had to reinsert? A bit of fiddling, gazing at diagrams and following my instincts and it was back in place. I was so proud of myself. Me! The girl who could barely scrape through any school lesson that involved the appliance of science and logic.
Yes, that is a glass of wine.
Sew Incidentally enjoyed the class, too, I believe:
Oh dear, there were some tight screws going on there. Nothing that can’t be fixed at home, I’m sure. Here is Suzanne, back right, being a fabulous teacher:
I don’t think I have anything left to say, other than – this class was fabulous. I really, really enjoyed it. It does exactly what it says on the tin and squeezes an awful lot into two hours:
- threading your machine
- adjusting your machine for a rolled hem
- making a rolled hem
- going home with a pair of lovely napkins
Job, as they say, done!
I thought things couldn’t get any better, but then Sew Incidentally brought out a gift for me! Some beautiful fabric handed over out of the sheer kindness of her heart:
Oh, and a last treat for all of us: Sew Incidentally showed me a book that apparently is the Bible of overlocking, The Ultimate Serger Answer Guide. It does look like a really good book. I may need to order a copy.
Get yourself down The Make Lounge or search out a class of your own. You can’t go wrong!
A huge thank you to Sew Incidentally for suggesting this.