How to Get Started in Free-Machine Embroidery - Low Outlay!
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How to Get Started in Free-Machine Embroidery - Low Outlay!

Learn the fascinating art of free-machine embroidery with simple equipment and minimal financial outlay.
4.9 (12 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
464 students enrolled
Created by Margo Price
Last updated 2/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Set up a sewing machine for free-machine embroidery, assemble the necessary materials and embroider with confidence. All for a minimal financial outlay.
  • Following the course students will be able to use free machine embroidery to decorate household objects such as cushions, bags and notebooks.
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  • Students will need a basic sewing machine on which the feed dogs can be dropped, some pieces of strong, cotton fabric, an embroidery hoop and a selection of cotton and rayon threads.
  • Students will need to be familiar with their sewing machine instruction manual and know how to thread the machine and wind the bobbin.

This course explains how to get started in the art of free-machine embroidery with very little financial outlay for equipment or materials. The course begins by suggesting the best type of machine and goes on to describe the features and functions of the machine such as bobbins, stitches, presser feet and tension. The sewing notions which are required are also described as are the methods which students can use to be both safe and comfortable when embroidering. Preparation for stitching and a practice session using a hoop are the next stages. If you have always wanted to learn free-machine embroidery but didn't know where to start, this course will guide you through the basic equipment, materials and procedures and instill in you a lifelong love of free-machine embroidery.

Enroll in this course now and, with a few days of practice, you will be making beautiful embroidered pieces for your home, family and friends.

Also, when taking this course, you will get:

  • Unlimited lifetime access to all future lectures, bonuses and updates
  • A 30-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee
  • My help, which is always available to you - just ask!

Course updated 1/02/2016

Over 400 students enrolled in the first week!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for those who are confident using a sewing machine. It is not suitable for absolute beginners.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:02:57
Introduction to Free Machine Embroidery
1 Lecture 02:03

An introduction to free-machine embroidery and the ways it can be used for decoration in the home.

Preview 02:03
Choosing and Using a Sewing Machine
4 Lectures 11:38

Which are the best types of sewing machines for free-machine embroidery? In this lecture we will look at the features of the most suitable machines for free-machine embroidery and find out why basic is usually best!

Preview 02:22

The different types of boobin and how to wind and thread them.


You only need a few basic stitches for free-machine embroidery and in this lecture you'll discover what they are and to use them for. You'll also find out the importance of the correct presser feet and how to choose the right one for your machine.

Stitches and Presser feet

Tension is all-importance in free-machine embroidery and in this lecture you'll find out how to adjust your sewing machine tension for the perfect stitch.


What is the best sort of bobbin type for free-machine embroidery?

Best Bobbin Format for Free-Machine Embroidery
1 question
Which Sewing Notions Do You Really Need?
3 Lectures 13:58

There is a huge range of sewing machine threads available these days, but you really only need three types. In this lecture I'll help you choose the most suitable threads for free-machine embroidery.

Preview 04:23

Good needles are crucial for free-machine embroidery. In this lecture, I'll help you choose the most suitable needles for free machine embroidery and show you what to do when things aren't going your way..

Sewing Machine Needles

Is any fabric suitable for free-machine embroidery? In this lecture I'll show you which are the best fabrics to get you started and suggest alternatives for when you really get going.

Sewing in Safety and Comfort
1 Lecture 06:30

Free-machine embroidery is an absorbing craft but if your back is aching or you can't see what your doing, you won't progress as quickly as you'd like. In this lecture, I'll show you how to get the most out of your embroidery sessions by arranging your time and work space for the most comfortable sewing session ever!

Comfortable Sewing
Getting Started
2 Lectures 09:23

So now you're getting ready for the big event - the stitching. By preparing yourself and your equipment for the best possible start, you'll be able to concentrate on the process without worrying that you may have forgotten something.

Preparing to Stitch

This is it, the moment you've been waiting for since the start of the course. In this lecture you'll be starting to stitch, learning to control the speed of the sewing machine, and the hoop, and getting your first taste of the delicious art of free-machine embroidery.

Let's Sew

Why should you never put you hands inside the hoop when free-machine embroidering?

Using a Hoop for Free-Machine Embroidery
1 question
3 Lectures 19:25

In this lecture I will give you ideas for projects using your new free-machine embroidery skills with appliqué images and shapes. You'll learn where to source and get ideas for suitable images and whet your appetite for your first project!

Preview 03:04

In this lecture, you'll learn how to prepare an appliqué sandwich of fabric, batting and backing and then apply a simple image to it with free machine embroidery.

Practice Piece

In this lecture you'll get step-by-step instructions for making your first complete free machine embroidery project.

Project - Beach Hut Notebook Cover

What is the best way to prevent getting glue on your iron when fusing applique images to background fabric?

Preparing Applique Images with Fusible Web
1 question
About the Instructor
Margo Price
4.9 Average rating
12 Reviews
464 Students
1 Course
Sewing Course Tutor

I have been sewing for over 40 years and teaching sewing workshops for over 12 years. I have also written and published five craft books on free-machine embroidery, dyeing fabric, sewing with confidence, making cushions and making a living from crafts. I currently run a haberdashery and fabric shop in Lancashire, in the UK, I love patchwork, quilting and machine embroidery - both free and programmed.