Overlocking Workshop

A great day spent in Franklins – Salisbury. An introduction to overlockers by Pam, a very experienced and helpful lady who taught the group many tips and tricks on the Juki 114D.  I went knowing very little apart from my more experience sewing friends said that I had to have one! As it was my 50th birthdtay last month, my husband offered to buy me one, so I thought I better get to grips with it first to see if I liked it… by the end of the workshop I was on the phone, requesting one 🙂

It was relatively easy to thread (I have heard many bad stories about this aspect of overlockers) and each thread was colour coded which helped a lot – I don’t think I would have worked it all out without the workshop, so I really reccommend a little training!  Pam runs workshops for Franklins ans also teaches workshops from her home in Clackton-On-Sea, she supplies all the materials and overlockers. https://www.facebook.com/thesewingshedkirbylesoken/

Scraps from the day

Left and right are just a couple of images of my very first stitches made on the Juki and and the Juki in action ‘stage lit’ and working like a work horse.

Below are 3 imags of a cuff I made with sweatshirt material and ribbing, in the most hideous coulous – neon green and maroon! so, in the name of taste, I made them sepia toned! I made them a bit wrong, I learnt that you never exactly align the seams to reduce the bulk when stitching the sleeve and cuff together.

doing its thing

Flatlock Stitch:

Sew along the edge of both pieces of fabric making sure the loops are on the edge of the fabric. A decorative thread can be used for this in the upper looper position. Pull the fabric open, with the decorative thread positioned on the top. This is a great stitch and can be used to sew patches together for quilting, neckbands and cuffs and many many more finishes.

A thicker cotton can be used in the upper looper, as no needles are threaded with this cotton and can contrast the fabric and emphasise the stitch.

The stitch can also be used on folded fabric, providing the stitches go over the edge of the fabric to ensure the stitches pull flat (no need to cut) and then the fabric can be pulled open – this is shown with the green jesrsey fabric and the is a great finish for cuffs as this finish can be positioned anywhere as a decorative finish.


Who knew… makeing tutus would be an option on the overlocker?

Although I can sfely say I can’t see myself in a tutu, I loved working with this fabric to create such a maliable form with the help of a little fishing nylon clear thread!

Start by lifting the overlocker foot and placing the nylon wire into the line of stitchand stitch the nylon into the channel of threads so that they coat the wire. Once this has begun, place the netting into the overlocker and attach it at the same time.  Its really quite easy and the result is pretty instant.

Once it is attached, run the overlocker a few cm past the netting and then cut. the netting can either be gathered onto to wite or stretch onto it.