This was a workshop worth attending. For some of us, it was a revelation.
How much can you pick up from a single overlocker workshop when you’ve owned an overlocker for many years.
(This is kinda technical so if you’re not interested, ignore the rest of this post and see you next time.)
You know those inward corners that never seem to sew correctly? Well clip that inward corner for the depth of the seam allowance, open up the corner as shown on the left, sew it in a straight line and Voila – a nicely sewn inward corner.
Take that jeans zipper front seam!
|Preparing the inwards corner with a small clipped corner the depth of the stitching and pulled straight, ready to sew.
|The finished inward corner – amazing!!
|What if you’re making a casual jacket that suggests a bias bound finish but you’d rather use an embroidery thread?
1. Finish the edge with an embroidery thread using a three-thread stitch and when you get to a 90 degree corner,
2. Continue sewing to the end of the fabric,
3. Loosen the top needle thread out to move the fabric,
4. Turn the fabric corner 90 degrees and when you place it under the overlocker foot to sew,
5. Tighten the needle thread back up to the reel and keep on sewing.
Want to make a ruffle but can’t afford a ruffler foot?
With a three-thread stitch (use the right needle and remove the left needle); use differential feed of 2 and watch the fabric ruffle.
No expensive ruffler foot needed. Why didn’t I just read my user guide all those years ago?
Pull the stitch thread along the top for a more ruffled ruffle.
Add a rolled-hem finish with a three-thread stitch and lower looper tension of 7 or 8.
If you want a wider rolled hem, move the cutting blade to the right. It’s that easy.
I think my littlest niece is about get a bunch of ruffled skirts from Aunty!
Well that was a lazy Saturday at a Rhodes arranged workshop with
Gail, Luci, Jenny, Wendy, Rebecca, BeaJay, Kristy in a class of 12 learning how much more we can do with our humble overlockers.
BeaJay has a fabo write up of what she learnt today including Beajay-made cording with embroidery thread and a cool as cucumber a lacey edge!
PS: I got to meet JudieL from Pattern Review today for the first time.