I’m Julia Hincks7126b5b7-47d1-4557-9dbe-f864efd7e251

I’m a teacher and lover of yarn and fabric crafts.

I’ve been sewing , knitting and crocheting for as long as I can remember.

I learned my crafts like many others from my mother and grandmothers and love passing these skills onto other people.

I’m currently teaching an evening sewing class at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College in Brighton, UK and also teach privately on a 1:1 or group basis.

I teach overlocker (serger) classes and workshops at Fabric Godmother in Hove.  These are usually once a month and you can find out more on the overlocker workshops page

I take on alterations, other sewing work and commissions for knitted, crocheted and sewn items.


My first book – The Overlocker Technique Manual (UK version) / The Serger’s Technique Bible (US version) was published in 2014 and is now available in English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Italian.

My next book will be available in July 2021… more details coming soon!

You can contact me at juliahincks@hotmail.com for further information.

18 thoughts on “About

  1. happycrafter says:

    I am about to buy my first overlocker and am looking around for books which would help me. I am not a clothes sewer and mostly make small items like bags, pouches, table runners etc. Could you tell me if your book is mostly about dressmaking ?

    PS Would have loved to join one of your classes but am not in the UK.

    • jhincks says:

      Hi Joanne
      The book covers both dressmaking and general sewing. It uses a Janome overlocker for the photography but the techniques which are shown can be done on almost all overlockers. The ideas file (a page which goes along with each technique) shows you a range of ways in which the techniques can be used for different projects for bags, home accessories and dressmaking. Let me know if you need any more help with choosing or using your overlocker! Julia

  2. happycrafter says:

    thank you Julia.I was thinking of getting the juki m-1000 with the air threading system. I have been a bit wary of overlockers so far because of the threading. They have been a bit scary…..

    • jhincks says:

      Hi Joanne

      The Juki m-1000 certainly seems to have good reviews and looks like it would solve your worries of threading. I’ve not tried any of the air threading machines but have used a normal Juki overlocker and can confirm they are an excellent brand. If you can afford it – go for it!

      I’m always a bit dubious about these air threading machines though – what happens if the air threading system gets clogged up? Threads and fabrics produce a lot of lint so I’m forever cleaning out my machines. I guess they must have some clear instruction on ensuring you keep the machine clean and free of lint to avoid any issues of this kind.

      On the other side of this the threading really isn’t all that bad… it isn’t quick but does get quicker the more you do it and it’s only really the 2 looper threads which can cause you problems – the needle threads are just like threading up a sewing machine. When I first started using my overlocker I didn’t really know about threading it up but you soon learn what to do and what not to do, it’s like threading the sewing machine – it gets quicker and easier the more you use it. My students can confirm this too – they all said that the threading isn’t as bad as they thought it would be!

      Let me know which machine you buy and how you get on!

  3. Michaela Odwyer says:

    Thanks for a fabulously enjoyable class today..and what a creative bunch we all are! Do you think the janome overlooked is OK? It’s in 200 pound range at Brighton sewing center.I am so looking forward to next week’s class now!
    Michaela x

  4. Jean Whiteside says:

    Hi Julia – I have just purchased a Singer Overlocker and your book The Overlocker Technique. I really like the book but I have not yet ‘played’ with the overlocker. I see the quick quilt in your book and I really would like to achieve this – however, I am trying to imagine how it is done and I am failing miserably! It dosen’t seem right in how it is put together in my mind. Do you have more information on this and/or are the instructions on youtube? I hope that this is OK Regards Jean

  5. Yvonjana says:

    I think there’s a fault in your book The Serger’s Techique Bible (in Dutch Naaien met de Lockmachine).
    On page 104 about a girls gaun, you’ve said there that you do elastic yarn in the upper looper and then you knit with a chain stitch.
    On my Pfaff 5840 Coverstyle did doesn’t go. Because the upper looper is not active when you knit a chain stitch and by the cover stitch.

    • jhincks says:

      Hi, sorry you’re having trouble. Your machine has 3 loopers; upper looper, lower looper and a chaining looper. To try the technique on p.104, you need to thread the chaining looper with shirring elastic. My book doesn’t specify which looper for the shirring elastic, it just says in step 3 ‘Set your machine to chain stitch and thread shirring elastic through the looper’. It can be difficult to perfect the tension with this technique and you may find you need to take the elastic out of some of the thread guides or tension discs. There is a really good blog post on how to use shirring elastic and the chain stitch setting here on Sewn Square One
      I hope that helps – let me know if you need any more info.

      • Yvonjana says:

        Maybe the translator of the Librero edition of your book in 2016, have made the mistake to named it in your book the Upper Looper. Maybe this is possible as you’ve said in your last comment and maybe helps. I’m going to try this on my Pfaff Coverstyle 5840.
        I will let you known of the result.

  6. Katie Dobbs says:

    Hi Julia,
    My mum used to work with your mum at Tile Hill and she’s desperate to get her hands on the sew style for beginners, with your fab article….but we can’t find it anywhere. Do you happen to know who the printers is so i can contact them? Or advise if you know anywhere??
    p.s. Your website is fab 🙂

  7. Alice McKenzie says:

    I live in the USA and when I went to purchase your book I noticed that a similar cover has two different titles. Is there any difference in the content of these two books?

    • jhincks says:

      Hi Alice
      There’s no difference between the content of the books, just a difference in some of the words, changing them from UK English to American English. In the UK the book is ‘the Overlocker Technique Manual’ but in the USA it’s ‘The Serger’s Technique Bible’ We say trousers, you say pants, and so on… The book is also available in other languages but it’s they’re all the same. Hope that helps! Enjoy the book!!

  8. yvonjana says:

    Have tried to rimple for my granddaughters small fitted sheet mattress for a doll bed on my Happylock 3000CL. But it doesn’t work on that. The elasstick don’t move. Have tried in with a higher en lower tension of that grabber. But still the elasstick don’t move.
    Ever this worked on my Pfaff Coverstyle 4850 with the dould chain stitch.

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