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Free motion machine embroidery

This week is ‘Selfish Sewing’ week thanks to Made with Moxie and Imagine Gnats and I promised myself I would embrace it.  One hour a day at the machine, not much to ask of myself, especially as I want to make more fabric lovelies like scarves and bags.
Today’s project was my very first go at machine embroidery.  Presser foot off the machine and feeder teeth gone.   Just me and a sewing needle.

I did a quick sketch of a tea cup and found instructions in my sewing machine’s manual.  The fabric went into my embroidery hoop and off I went.

All of my sewing experience and knowledge was to be ignored and my sewing mind had to expand to welcome this new and strange technique.

Drawing with my machine needle became easier as I practiced and practiced.  It is super weird to be able to move the fabric so freely, forwards, backwards, around corners with no stopping and starting to keep the fabric where I need it.

My trust was in the embroidery hoop and my little sketch to guide me.  I had a blast and can’t wait for the next outing into the world of freemotion embroidery.


  1. I love this! Now I will need to find my embroidery hoops – if we didn’t sell them at the moving sale. Bummer if we did. Oh well, a good reason to hit the thrift stores, eh? 😆 I really want to try this technique, as soon as I can get into my sewing room.

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