I was was very lucky to receive an overlocker for my birthday back in October from my mum 🙂 However, I’m rather ashamed to admit that delighted as I was (it was a complete surprise), it also scared me silly! So it’s sat rather neglected in its box ever since… I’m only just beginning to think I’ve gotten the hang of my sewing machine!
It was only whilst jealously reading about all the brand new sewing classes available to those around London, that I was nudged by a friendly reader (thank you Sharon), into taking a look at The Ministry of Craft’s website here in Manchester. And sure enough there was an ‘Overlockers for Beginners‘ course scheduled for the new year, so on my Christmas list it went. And Santa was kind 🙂
The course started with some basic guidelines, a quick practice and then it was straight on to making an infinity scarf (using a four thread stitch). And can I say, I was hooked from then on in 🙂 So quick and easy! And neat too! I loved it, as did the other attendees: there were whoops aplenty and we were all delighted with our new scarves. When overlockers are good, they’re very good, but when they’re bad…
I can see why the instructor got us quickly onto making a project. It started the course on a real, high note. We then went on to using some different stitches: three thread standard, three thread flat stitch and lastly a rolled hem stitch. All of which, of course, included changing needles and a very slight bit of rethreading. And that’s where the fun (!!?) began. Within minutes I had managed to drop a screw into my machine by unscrewing it too far. Whoops! And almost two seconds later my neighbour did exactly the same. Luckily, they had a few spare machines on hand to swap in, but we still both felt bad 😦
Our instructor carried on, giving us lots of encouragement. I guess it’s useful to learn what not to do with your own. A couple of others managed to accidentally unthread their machines, so we had some fun trying to rethread them as well. I made a mental note to only ever attempt this myself in very good light, when I’m not feeling tired or stressed already!
Overall the course was perfectly pitched to my level of experience. And it was great to meet some like-minded people. It’s been a long time since I sewed alongside others, so I really enjoyed the social aspect of the course. The instructor was down-to-earth and made us feel really comfortable.
The Ministry Of Craft run a whole range of other courses throughout the year. Two of which I was particularly interested in: ‘An Introduction to Curtain and Blind Making’ and ‘Mastering Zips and Buttonholes’. I’ll definitely be returning for more in the future 🙂
I got home, full of enthusiasm, all ready to run up another couple of infinity scarves, only to realise there was no cotton included 😦 I’d kind of presumed it came with some! It was, however threaded, but with the ends snipped. So at least I don’t have to thread it, which seems by far the hardest part.
I can’t wait to try my own little machine out as I already love working with knits. I can see this making a real difference to my makes and can now see why everyone else loves theirs. Now I just need to get me some threads: the sooner the better…