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Introduction to Free Machine Embroidery

December 14 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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One event on December 14, 2018 at 10:30am


Using your machine needle as a drawing tool, begin your exploration of this intriguing method of creating free form designs with thread and scraps of fabric. Please see below for what you need to bring with you.

Practice squiggles – this is how everyone starts to get a feel for the technique

Birds – shows how black thread makes the image stand out

An idea for mounting your finished picture to make a perfect Christmas gift

Rachel will take you through the basic steps needed to draw using this method. You’ll learn how to set up your machine for free machine embroidery and have the opportunity to practice the technique before moving on to create your own simple ‘picture’.  You’ll be guided through drawing, writing and appliquéing fabric. Perfect first steps to free machine embroidery.

Please note :
You must be familiar with your sewing machine with some confidence in machine sewing, or have attended one of our beginner sewing workshops, prior to attending this workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to teach you the specific technique, not the basics of your sewing machine. We offer a selection of workshops for beginners to machine sewing, further details can be found here.

Please make sure  that you can drop the feed dogs on your sewing machine and you have a darning/embroidery foot that allows you to move the fabric freely. If you arrive without these you may not be able to take part and no refund will be made.

What you need to bring with you:

  • Sewing machine,
  • instruction manual,
  • darning/embroidery foot to fit your machine (if you’re not sure what this looks like, there’s a sample photo below). Yours should look similar, although may not be identical).
  • Sewing machine needles, sewing kit
  • Hoop, 10 inches/25cms diameter, The depth of the hoop must pass under your machine pressure foot, so not deeper than 1/4 inch
  • Thread – black is good for outlining pictures

Basic materials will be supplied including fabric scraps for the applique, but if you have fabric scraps you would like to use please feel free to bring them. Ideas for simple designs will be provided, again feel free to bring your own. We suggest you don’t try anything too ambitious on this first attempt, but you’ll all go home with a lovely picture, which you can turn into something else or just frame if you prefer.

Example of an open toe darning foot


December 14
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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The Blue Room
The Sion, Crown Glass Place
Nailsea, North Somerset BS48 1RB United Kingdom
07456 517086

What do our customers say about our workshops?

What was the best thing about the workshop?

I am not very artistic , so it caters for all levels, and still the end product looks good. (Fused Glass, February 2018) 

Really helpful teaching and nice small group. Loved it! (Claire, Beginners Machine Sewing January 2018)

Very enjoyable relaxed atmosphere, learning new techniques. (Jan, Weave Pattern and Texture on a Peg Loom, January 2018)

Making something I’m proud of, learning new skills, and the social side. Cheese scone recommended! (Jan, January 2018, Beginners Patchwork)

A good way to spend time with friends; the finished product; swishing around with my new skirt; learning how to use my sewing machine. (Mar, Darcy, Lizzie, and Isabella. January 2018, Children’s private group sewing)

Lovely relaxing thing to do in the build up to Christmas. (Claire, Fused Glass, December 2017)

Very relaxing and enjoyable, will definitely do more at home. (Sharon, Needle Felting, December 2017)