Let's Talk... Overlockers / Sergers
from AU$64.00

Let's Talk... Overlockers / Sergers

Lecture, demonstration & practice session

Next Available: Sun, 28 Jul 1:00PM (AEST)
2 hours 30 minutes
Over 100 people have attended this class


Does your overlocker intimidate you? Is it sitting over there, smugly taunting you with all those threads? Did you love using it, until you had to rethread it? 

Time to let it know who is boss! 

In 2.5 hours you will gain confidence using your overlocker! This workshop is a combination of lecture, demonstration and practical hands-on application as well. You can BYO overlocker, or use one of Thread Den's.

Workshop Plan:

Part 1 - Meet the overlocker

  • Identify the parts
  • Know the differences in domestic machines available
  • Tools to help and common supplies

Part 2 - Demonstrations

  • How to thread an overlocker
  • Create samples as we adjust different settings
  • Key troubleshooting tips
  • How to keep your overlocker clean

Part 3 - Practical application

  • Threading up from scratch! (& what's this pull-through method?)
  • Adjust settings to achieve balanced tension and understand tension!

Part 4 - Instruction & hands-on application

  • Placement to finish raw edges - what about seam allowances?
  • When to overlock closed seams, or individual pieces
  • Dealing with curves and odd shapes
  • Options for securing the overlocking threads

Part 5 - Demonstration/discussion

  • Setting up and adjusting the machine for rolled hems (or others as requested)

We have all the tools you'll need. Each participant is setup with fabric shears, pinking shears, thread snips, unpicker, hand needles, tape measures, pins, tailor's chalks, hem guides, ironing/pressing tools, rulers, stationery... there is no need to lug around your whole sewing kit. We've taken care of it all.  

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What you will learn

  • How to setup, thread and balance the tension
  • Correct tools, supplies and needles
  • Basic overlocking techniques

What you will get

  • Gain confidence using your overlocker!
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring

  • Note book & pen, optional BYO overlocker (& manual) don't forget your power cord & pedal!
  • 4 spools of different coloured thread (recommended: red, blue, green, yellow)
  • Tweezers, cleaning brush, threading hook or loop (or the tools that came with your machine)

What to wear


Appropriate for

This workshop is suitable for students that are learning to sew, have an overlocker or have used an overlocker at Thread Den.

Kits available

4 colour thread kit and tools are available for purchase while booking online.

Thread Den

(1814 Reviews)

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to.  

Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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4.8 (32 reviews)
Joyotirated it
13 Jun 2024Let's Talk... Overlockers / Sergers
Very useful, learnt a lot about the overlocker
Teresarated it
30 Apr 2024
Fantastic introduction to overlocking! Danielle was amazing showing the machine and very through!
Keziarated it
27 Mar 2024
This class was absolutely great. The teacher was patient and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this class to anyone that is anxious about using an overlocked for the first time and they teach you everything you need to know.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 1 day before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 4 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 4 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - info@threadden.com .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 

Thanks for sticking with us and reading through those annoying details. 

The details of our refund policy appear during the booking process.

Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course.

This policy can be viewed on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/

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