Craft : Sew free – A Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Sewing with Claire

3: £0.00 7: £0.00 -1: £5.00

Starts: Thursday, 07 March 2024 at 2:30PM
Ends: Thursday, 07 March 2024 at 3:45PM



Available spaces: 365
Host: Claire Salmon

What is free motion embroidery?

Free motion embroidery (FME) is also referred to as freehand embroidery, thread sketching or thread painting. It is a technique which allows you to use your normal sewing machine to stitch in any direction rather than just forwards and backwards, so it is used to create decorative work and designs (although it has its origins in darning, and you can still use a darning foot to do it).

Have you ever wanted to have a go at free motion embroidery on your sewing machine, but not sure where to start? This session is an introduction to free motion for the mildly terrified, and will show you how to set up your machine for free motion work, how to stabilise your fabric, and basic stitching techniques. If you would like to have a go during or after the session, there will also be a range of practice exercise to help to develop your skills.

You may prefer to sit back and watch during this session rather than joining in - you can always rewatch later after Claire has explained all the materials you need and how to set up your machine to do the Free Motion Sewing yourself.

The basic materials you will need are:

  • A sewing machine
  • An embroidery/darning/free motion quilting foot
  • Cotton/rayon/polyester thread - it must be strong, smooth and not too thick
  • Cheap and durable fabric - calico or canvas
  • As large an embroidery hoop as you can

Claire will go through in more detail and answer questions about the needed equipment for this new skill during the course and in her course documents. 

Please note, this session will be recorded and available to view after the session within 48 hours of it taking place. You will be able to locate it under our Access Anytime courses list and you will be able to watch it flexibly in your own time for the subsequent 7 days.