I’ve always been interested in machine embroidery ever since I went with my mum to a class in Malaysia to learn embroidery for a kebaya (that’s a traditional style shirt for ladies worn with a sarong). Of course using those skills over here is being a bit trickier since a) I don’t have a treadle sewing machine and b) well, the experience to use it… But I was sure there would be a way for me to use the idea of it with a regular machine. And that’s when I came across these free machine embroidery classes.
There does seem to be a lot of these classes around at the moment. Maybe it’s a trendy thing to do? Anyway, I chose to do one run by The Makery in the John Lewis on Oxford St mostly because it fit in with my day off…
It was only a short course from 10.30am to 1pm costing £40 and we spent the time getting to grips with the feel of the machine without the feed dogs and the movement needed to achieve the designs we wanted.
My test piece looked like this…
After the practice round we got to start from scratch and do another piece of any design we wanted. They showed us how to use fabric cut outs to kind of ‘colour in’ areas which was pretty easy. It just involves plenty of forward planning and bondaweb!
I went for an ice cream design. I don’t know why. I must have subconsciously been craving some because it was all I could think of doing!
Hopefully they’ll turn out well and you’ll see them on here soon!