Free-motion machine embroidery is how you draw with your sewing machine and I love it - especially as I am really not very good at traditional drawing. But that doesn't matter when using the machine as even basic drawing looks charming and quirky when applied in stitch.
But before any drawing is started, the sewing machine has to be setup. I'm going to explain two different ways of setting your machine up for machine embroidery. Exactly which method you choose to use will depend on your machine.
The first method uses a darning plate to cover the teeth or feed dogs on the sewing machine. See the video below:
As demonstrated you do need a darning plate and an embroidery/darning foot. Generally the darning plate will come with the machine but you probably will have to purchase the embroidery/darning foot separately.
Method number two is to drop the feed on your machine. Again you will probably have to purchase the embroidery/darning foot separately.
Do refer to your sewing machine manual to see what method your sewing machine uses. My next article will be lesson one of four "How to draw with your sewing machine".
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