Free-Motion Embroidery online

Wednesday 14/04/2021
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Booking is currently closed
Prices : £25.00

Free-motion embroidery online is a fun workshop to learn a useful textile skill.  Free-motion embroidery, sometimes called ‘free-machine embroidery’, free-machining or thread painting can be used in quilting, card-making, and applique. It can also be applied to decorate clothing, bags, cushions and used in many other textile art and craft techniques. So if you’re wondering where to start with creative textiles, then I recommend you take this workshop and find out why Kirstie Allsopp calls free-motion embroidery the ‘crack-cocaine of craft’!

Who is Free-motion embroidery aimed at?

Quilters, would-be textile artists, dressmakers or crafters looking for something a bit different! You can also use FME in card-making, to decorate clothing, cushions and bags.

Level:  Improvers onwards (Basic sewing machine experience required – you must be able to wind bobbins and thread the machine)

What will I learn?

Free-motion embroidery online aims to teach you the basic techniques of FME, plus some advanced techniques too:

  • setting up the machine
  • guiding the needle to draw with thread
  • common free-hand embroidery patterns including some common quilting designs.
  • how to obtain a variety of patterns and texture effects
  • use of fabric stabilisers

Course arrangements

You will need:

  • a sewing machine with the feed dogs lowered or covered,
  • a darning foot suitable for your make and model of machine,
  •  an 8 or 9″ embroidery hoop,
  • plain-coloured cotton fabric such as calico and threads. I’ll send you  a note with full details once you’ve booked.
  • You’ll also need a phone, tablet or laptop with a webcam so you can watch the demonstrations and show off your results.

If you’d like to know how you can use free-motion embroidery, then take a look at some of my other creative textiles arts courses.

Artisan Stitch holds a Certificate of Excellence and is rated Best Sewing classes in Edinburgh.  Winner of a UK Enterprise award for Best Sewing Classes 2020. The only course provider in Edinburgh and one of only two in Scotland who is recommended by Queen Margaret University.

Useful links:

Get to the point. How to choose the correct sewing machine needles.


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