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How to Use your Overlocker

The ever scary overlocker, if you own one and feel its missing its potential, bring it along to this class and we will spend some time discussing and practicing the different stitches and techniques available on your machine and then we will put them into practice and make a simple T shirt.

Class level – Intermediate, you will have sewn other easy to make garments and have good basic sewing knowledge. Have access to and be able to bring your own overlocker to the class along with the manual for the machine.

The topics we aim to cover are:

We aim to cover the points on the list below. Depending on how many questions you have, we may not get a chance to cover everything – please let us know if there is something specific you really want help with before you leave if we don’t cover it in the class.

We aim to teach you the skills you will need to improve your overlocker use. You will make an easy to wear Tshirt using your overlocker and samples that can be referred to in the future  All fabrics are included for the class

Specifically you will learn;

  • Overlocker techniques
  • Stitches and how to change them
  • Using stitch and tear interfacing
  • Attaching a continuous neck band
  • Working with different fabrics
  • The Overlocker rolled hem

What you need to bring to the class:

  • An Overlocker and any accessories you have
  • Your overlocker manual (important)

Maximum class size 4

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
07/10/2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
How To Use an Overlocker
The Consortium, Winchester Hants
£65.00 1

Pay as you Sew Dressmaking

A photo of some fabric and thread Pay as you go  – Book as many or as few of these sewing classes as you require and when you need them, No need to book a set of weeks, but after five classes get a 6th free, Tea and cake, tuition and inspiration.

This dressmaking class is suitable for novice to advanced

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Tuition will be tailored to your needs and may include from the following  –

Learn how to measure yourself

Cut out a commercial pattern

Read a pattern

Learn how alter a commercial pattern to your requirements

Understand terms used

Cut your fabric correctly

Methods of putting your garment together

Tips on which seams to use and where

Correct pressing techniques

Professional finishing hints and tips

Help with existing projects where you have become stuck or need to do alterations

What to Bring to the class

You will need to bring an existing project or a pattern of your choice, if possible please choose a multi size pattern. Commercial pattern sizing tends to work out smaller than dress sizes of ready made clothing so please check to ensure your basic measurements fall within the size range on the pattern.  (When measuring yourself for this, bring a tape measure around your waist, hips and bust and pull tightly enough to get an accurate measurement don’t add anything for ease.)

Fabrics – Please choose the fabric quantities as advised on your pattern envelope according to your size

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
25/09/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pay as you Sew Dressmaking
The Consortium, Winchester Hants
£0.00 0
02/10/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pay as you Sew Dressmaking
The Consortium, Winchester Hants
£24.00 1
09/10/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pay as you Sew Dressmaking
The Consortium, Winchester Hants
£24.00 3

 

 

Zips & Button Holes

A photo of a pile of zips

So long as you can use a machine you will be able to handle this class . We will show you techniques that will be invaluable when dealing with putting in zips and creating buttonholes.  Knowing a few simple techniques will help you go along way to complete all sorts of projects whether used in craft, dressmaking of furnishings.

Class level- Intermediate

What we will cover in the session

You’ll leave feeling a lot more confident we promise.   We aim to cover the following in the session.   If time is against us we may not cover everything but please let us know if there is anything of interest we have not discussed.

Zips

  • Different zipper feet
  • A Fly front Zip
  • A Concealed/ invisible Zip

Buttonholes

  • Buttonhole feet
  • Four stage manual
  • Automatic

What you need to bring with you

1 metal jeans zip 6 inches long

1 concealed zip 8 inches long

We have zips you may purchase from us at cost price

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
11/11/2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zips and Buttonholes
The Consortium, Winchester Hants
£30.00 5

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Beginner’s Sewing Masterclass

A photo of some fabric and threadThis is great class if you know a little sewing – so long as you can use a machine you will be able to handle this class no problem. We will show you techniques that you will use time and time again. Knowing a few simple techniques will help you go a long way to complete all sorts of projects whether used in craft, dressmaking of furnishings. You will leave with a folder of samples to refer to in the future.

Class level – Beginner

What we will cover in the session

We aim to cover the following in the lessons

Convex curves
Concave curves
Darts
French Seams
Facings
Hems
Buttonholes
Simple zip
Bias binding
Piping

What you need to bring with you

All materials are provided for this class

Tutor

Aly Warner

Date/Time ClassCostSpaces
23/09/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Beginners Sewing Masterclass
The Consortium, Winchester Hants
£65.00 2

Alterations

 

A photo of a sewing machine with some gingham fabricThis is a great skill to get more mileage out of clothes. From hems, tucking and easing – we cover some basic principals needed to alter your clothes for a better fit. Scheduled classes are listed at the bottom of the page

Skill level – Beginner + / Intermediate

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