Free motion Embroidery

free motion embroudery

Have you ever wanted to understand what free motion embroidery is? Have you ever had a go and its not quite worked? This workshop will show you everything that you need to know and give you plenty of opportunity to explore the technique.




24 Jun 2021


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What will we cover?

During the course of the workshop you will have chance to understand how to set up your machine for freemotion embroidery.  You will practice the techniques working on different samples of stitch. You’ll understand how to stabilise your work and free motion sew using different techniques. These include line and appliqué styles, to draw and colour with your machine.  For the ultimate in personalisation freemotion embroidery lets you add writing to your project. You’ll  learn the best techniques for adding writing to your work without the need for a special embroidery machine.


After all the practice  you will have chance to free motion stitch with appliqué to create your own collage style pictures. Play around with techniques and take home your own finished piece. This could  be mounted as a picture, used as cushion front or perhaps decorate a gift card.

Discover the joy of creating shape, line and movement with a sewing machine on this free motion embroidery course. 


Through clear instruction and demonstration, you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started, with plenty of opportunity to explore the various techniques.


By the end of the session you’ll have the confidence to play with your ideas, moving your fabric around with ease, and drawing with your sewing machine. 


On this one-day free motion embroidery course, you’ll learn:


  • how to set up your machine for free motion embroidery


  • how to stabilise your work


  • a variety of techniques for drawing and adding colour with your machine, including line and appliqué styles


  • how to add writing to your project for the ultimate in personalisation. 


After plenty of practice, you’ll have the chance to free motion stitch with appliqué to create your own collage-style picture. 

How will I be taught?


You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 

You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can.


Do I need any previous experience or skills?

If you’re new to sewing with a machine your tutor will be able to get you started. However, if you’re able to confidently thread the machine and wind a bobbin you’ll have more independence during the session.


Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

All materials are supplied but you are welcome to bring any imagery to inspire your embroidery.

There’s no need to use a special embroidery machine.


What will I take home with me?

You’ll leave with your own finished piece of free motion embroidery. You could then choose to mount it as a picture, use it as a cushion front or perhaps to decorate a greetings card.



Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.


Sarah Brangwyn
Sarah Brangwyn

Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from mastering these creative skills. She's known for her infectious enthusiasm, her endless knowledge and for her knack for explaining things clearly, leading to lots of 'aha!' moments. You may have seen her share some of those on the TV channel Sewing Street. In a previous life, Sarah was a branch manager in an insurance firm. Taking redundancy in 2012 allowed her to follow her dream of creating a hub for sewing and craft. At Made and Making Sarah teaches sewing, crochet, needle felting and other craft courses. She's also one of the tutors for the children's workshops. When family life allows, Sarah loves nothing more than immersing herself in her own projects.

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