Two years ago for Christmas Bryan got me a free motion foot for my sewing machine, and a book called Push Stitchery. The book has 30 different artists in it doing various types of embroidery using many different mediums (“pushing the boundaries of stitching”) , a lot of them using free motion. Since I started embroidering Bryan always thought that I should try free motion, and I always wanted to as well, but it just seemed so intimidating. I honestly just wasn’t sure if I could do it, so I put it off.
Two years later, I’ve finally started to give it a try. It is really different to get the hang of, and I’m still struggling to make things look like they are actually something. But, it is really, really, fun! It’s also been a good stress release for me. So, here is some of my “practice,” I haven’t actually made anything ‘real’ yet, but I’m getting there!
One thing I noticed is that it’s easy to go heavy on the peddle, making it so I try and move too quickly. Any stitching friends have experience with free motion and want to lend some tips?
Hopefully next time I share machine embroidery I’ll be able to show you a finished piece!