Learn how to use a coverstitch machine

coverstitch workshop

Have you even ever heard of a coverstitch machine? Have you ever wondered how your t shirt tops are hemmed? They have that lovely straight stitch on the outside and the complicated threads on the inside. That is all done with a coverstitch machine. It’s the best machine for hemming stretch but there are lots of different techniques to understand. That’s why we’re running this workshop! Come and learn how to use a coverstitch machine.

This is THE ideal workshop for anyone with a coverstitch machine. Or, you can borrow one of ours and explore whether this would be the prefect addition to your sewing space.

Whether you want to learn how to use it from scratch, build your confidence with or just wish to improve you skills and knowledge of the machine you should book yourself in. You should have some knowledge of using a sewing machine before taking this course, you’ll get far more from the experience.

You will learn how to:

Thread, unthread and rethread your coverstitch machine

Adjust the tension dials to create a perfectly balanced stitch

Use the stitching guidelines on the foot or needle plate

Finish off the thread ends to stop unravelling

Fix mistakes or unpick your stitching

Adjust the stitch length

Adjust the stitch with by removing or repositioning needles

Adjust differential feed on your machine and discover the effects of this

Adjust presser foot pressure

Create simple seams and hems, including reverse coverstitching, flatlocking, working with bulky seams and working in the round

For those with a combination coverstitch and overlocking machine you will also learn how to switch your machine from overlocking to coverstitching. (Please note – this workshop will not cover overlocking techniques for combination machines)

We will also discuss suitable needles and threads to use with your machine.


You will be able to purchase a signed copy of Julia’s book, The Coverstitch Technique Manual, on the day.






08 Jun 2024


10:30 am - 3:30 pm

What you will need

  • Your coverstitch machine. Don’t forget to bring the power cable, manual and accessories.
  • Selection of threads – please bring one of each of the following colours: red, yellow, green, blue. These do not have to be the cone style threads – you can use most types of general sewing threads on your coverstitch machine. (There’ll be plenty of spares if you turn up empty handed)
  • Stapler (to attach your stitching samples to your instruction booklet)
  • Scraps of different fabric types you want to practice with – you will be provided with fabric scraps if you are unable to bring any.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Julia Hincks
Julia Hincks

Julia is a teacher, author and lover of yarn and fabric crafts. After completing a degree in Business and Management, Julia qualified as a mathematics teacher at Cambridge University in 2001 and has worked in education ever since, teaching at schools and colleges across Sussex. Julia has always sewn, knitted and crocheted and in 2006 she completed a Diploma in Art and Design, specialising in Fashion and Pattern Cutting. In 2008 Julia began teaching creative crafts to adults at City College in Brighton and has also worked at a number of other adult education centres in the city. In 2014 her first book 'The Overlocker Technique Manual' was published and has become a bestselling craft book. Her second book 'The Coverstitch Technique Manual' will be released in September 2021.

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