My colleagues told me that I shouldn't try and teach 13 year olds to use the over-locker but I wouldn't be told. I have 24 students, all of this age, sewing hoodies from stretch material. I teach them to cut out their pattern, how to use the stitches on the machines for garment construction and then how to use the over-locker for neatening the seams. You don't really have to do this with stretch fabric but I believe that the work they produce would be wearable and have a professional finish. Also, everyone finishes their garment.
Well I suppose it was bound to happen with that many teenagers in one room. I keep a close eye on all the students who don't have good skills but one of my best students got the main part of her garment caught. When we unpicked her work there was this great big hole in the front! Tears, despair, shock horror!!!! All of these will not fix the hole. I tried to console her by saying how clever she was to put this in the front not the back.
So How did I fix it ? Firstly I patched the hole using some spare fabric and a stretch stitch. (You can see from this photo how big the hole was.)
Then I took a piece of fabric with the pattern on it and scanned this into my computer.
I cropped this to get an exact copy of one of the stars, then inserted the image into a document, (Word or Pages) and came up with 3 stars of different sizes. I used some matching plain coloured stretch fabric, along with scraps from the garment and, using fisofix, ironed this to the back of each piece. (You could use Misty Fuse or any other double sided iron on adhesive.) These were then positioned over the patch and sewn into position.
I used a raw edge method to sew them on and hopefully the edges will lift and become a bit raggy after washing.
The end result? One saved piece of work and everyone wanted this on their hoodie.
This student never wanted to use an overlocker again however, with some encouragement, she has overcome her fear. But she will always check where she is sewing in future.