Friday, 28 August 2015

Learning overlocker skills at Sew Over It

Had a really lovely time this morning visiting the lovely ladies at Sew Over It in Clapham.

My amazing partner got me an overlocker machine for Christmas and I have been having problems getting going with it. I finally admitted defeat and booked a 1-2-1 session with Sue at Sew Over It so I could pick up a few pointers.

Of course I had to get my overlocker to the shop in Clapham… it’s not the lightest machine. In the end I put it in my wheelie suitcase and packed it up nice and cosy with cushions and a blanket! It worked a treat and I negotiated the tube no problem at all. Sew Over It is just a short stroll from Clapham North tube station however I am glad it was not raining!

I arrived quite early which gave me a little time to have a look round the lovely sewing cafĂ© before my class. The newly refurbished room is every sewer’s dream. Everything you could possibly need to work on any sewing project, lots of light and a great selection of books to flick through for inspiration. Not forgetting an excellent selection of tea. What a fantastic space!

Sue is the perfect tutor. She tailored the session to suit me exactly and is very very lovely. We covered basic threading, re threading, tension settings, overlocking in a circle and she gave me lots of advice on overlocking with different materials and thinking ahead in projects to get the best finish.

I am so glad I booked this session at Sew Over It. The amount I learned in just a one hour session is incredible. I couldn’t wait to get home to try out everything I had learned but of course I couldn’t leave without browsing the gorgeous range of fabrics, trims, notions and patterns in the shop. I came away with my overlocker tucked back up in my suitcase and a bag with 2 meters of new denim rose chambray fabric… couldn’t resist!

A big big thank you to Sue and all at Sew Over It. See you soon.

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