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Class Reviews > Gill Arnold Overlocker Course

International, UNITED KINGDOM
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Posted by: Spurgetti

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Member since: 7/30/13
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Posted on: 7/30/13 3:22 PM
Rating: thumbsdown
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 3 people   
This was a one-day introduction to using overlockers, using your own machines. The maximum class size was 6, allowing for plenty of one-to-one attention. The venue was pleasant, with drinks and biscuits provided, and the tutor was helpful. The problem I had was with the pace of the tuition, and the insistence that no-one could use the machines until they had threaded them and got some information on tensions, etc, from the manual. Even with only six people in the class, the focus became rather anecdotal, with chattier members of the class indulged and allowed to hold up the class. The explanation was very clear, but information was repeated more than necessary, and it became frustrating having to work at the pace of the slowest person in the group. Four hours into the day we hadn't overlocked anything or seen a demonstration, which was really demoralising. When half of us were eventually allowed to start overlocking while the others continued threading, we were held back by having to watch a demonstration and re-cap of one technique at a time, rather than being given basic instructions that would have enabled us to move through the clear notes provided. We had only done two techniques when we were made to wait for the others before finally continuing. We only did three more samples ourselves, and had to stay behind for an extra hour to see the other techniques demonstrated (although we couldn't try them ourselves). I was really disappointed, as I thought other courses there looked really interesting and good value, but I think the other people in the group will dictate the pace, rather than the teacher, which I find frustrating. My mother did a similar course with a different tutor in a group of 12, and got going really quickly and came home with a pile of samples - and loads of enthusiasm. If you are a really slow learner you might suit Gill's approach, but I wasn't the only person there who was itching to get going.

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Celiasews said... (8/16/13 3:12 AM) Reply
I have taken another class with this tutor and although she is very talented I had the same problem, too much repetition of facts and too little sewing, I felt I learnt very little in the time I was there.
Spurgetti said... (7/31/13 4:05 AM) Reply
Thanks you for the tip - I'll look it up. I felt really bad giving it such a low rating, but I wouldn't recommend it, however nice the tutor was.
sewme47 said... (7/30/13 11:21 PM) Reply
What a shame! Take a look at the Beginner Serrgerclass on Craftsy. It's excellent.
sewme47 said... (7/30/13 11:21 PM) Reply
What a shame! Take a look at the Beginner Serrgerclass on Craftsy. It's excellent.
Mufffet said... (7/30/13 3:52 PM) Reply
Very helpful because this review is a good tutorial in how not to teach any class! GAD. SO sorry this class was not a good day for you.
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