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Sundays June 23+30

9am - 1pm


What could be as simple - and yet as complex – as a serger? Remember how easy it was to make your first line of overlocking when you test-drove your serger at the dealership? The ease, speed, and accuracy of seaming and finishing the raw edge were delightful. Yet things can start going very wrong very fast. Thread and needle selection, treading paths, tension settings, upper knife position, stitch fingers, throat plates, loopers… there are just so many variables! After this Workshop with Ludmila - a sewing expert - your serger will soon become one of the most useful tools in your sewing room. It’s not difficult to use – and you’ll soon appreciate how much more quickly you can sew and how professional your finished result will be!


You will learn:

serger parts, accessories and threads;

threading and thread tension;

4, 3, 2 - thread overlock stitches and their purpose;

rolled hem;

inside and outside curves;

gathers with the differential feed;

removing stitches;


and more…


In-class projects:


1. Scrap catcher for your serger- You will need one piece of fabric, and it needs to be at least as wide as your serger and about 30’ long. Please check your stash of fabrics as you may not need to buy something for this project. So, about 14” x 30”


2. Drawstring bag- you need 2 rectangles of fabric, 12” x 18”Recommended fabrics are heavy-weight cotton, polar fleece, heavierweight cotton/poly blends, linen.- 4m of cording. You can find this at Fabricland. It is about the weight/thickness of shoelaces.


3. Unpaper towels: these are reusable, washable towels to replace the paper towels in your kitchen. I’d highly recommend using an old towel and cutting it to pieces that are 7” x 12”. We will provide snaps to attach them into a roll, if you’d like to do that.


4. T-shirts alterations ( taking-in in sides and sleeves, shortening)


Supplies List:


Industrial Manual (MUST!!!) All brands of machines work slightly differently, and we are not an expert in all different types of machines. If you do not have a Manuel (eg. Because you bought your machine second hand), you can do an internet search to find it. Search for the brand and specific model number. Having a Manual is critical for this class!

Appropriable needles for your machine (see manual)


Fry Check – this comes in a small bottle, and you can buy it at most fabric stores. Not required but highly recommended!

Tweezers (this is must) Your serger probably came with a pair of fine tipped tweezers. If not, you will need to buy one.

a pen or marker to write on your muslin (something that won’t bleed) scraps of different types of fabrics


Prerequisites – Sewing Basics or equivalent.


Address: 3033 Carling Ave. Unit 204


Please review our policies before registering.

Serger Basics Workshop - June 23+30

  • Registration Information:

    Please register early for classes, as we require time to prepare kits and class handouts.

    You do not need to bring your own sewing machine to class, but you do need to bring your own sewing kit.

    Please read the prerequisites in the class descriptions to ensure that you meet the level required for the class material. If you feel you may not meet the prerequisites, don't hesitate to contact us for clarification and help selecting a class.

    Unless stated otherwise, classes and workshops that are listed here are for adult participants. Visitors, including infants and children are not permitted in classes or workshops.

    You may register for classes online, or over the phone (613-617-4042)

  • Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Written notice of cancellation may be processed for a course refund (minus a 10% admin fee) by advising Green Needle a minimum of two weeks prior to the course starting date.

    Cancellations received 1 week prior to the course commencing are eligible for 50% refund unless there is a wait list for the course. This includes the admin fee.

    Cancellations within the final week prior to the course are non-refundable unless there is a waiting list for the course and the course can be run with full attendance.

    In the rare event that our minimum class enrolment is not met, we reserve the right to cancel the class. Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled with 72 hours notice given to those who are registered in the class. In cases where we cancel a class, students will be offered a full refund of the registration fees.

    If a course must be cancelled due to COVID19 related restrictions and guidelines set by the government, students will automatically receive a course fee credit which can be used at Green Needle for up to two years. The course can also be sold or gifted to someone by advising Green Needle in writing including the names of the designated student that will replace the original student.

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