Your sewing machine should come with a basic presser foot which allows you to straight stitch and zigzag. (Or just straight stitch if you bought an old straight stitch only machine.) We’ll call that the “plain” foot. It may include a number of other feet, or it may not. Most people find a zipper foot […]
The requirements differ depending on what you call “quilting“… Patchworking (making or “piecing” the “quilt top”) can usually be done with any sewing machine (Singer). Featherweight machines are highly prized among people who want to take their machines to classes to make the quilt tops due to their small size and weight. (Featherweights have only […]
The most important aspect of your usage of a computerized sewing machine is how you feel about its user interface. Is it intuitive, or confusing or intimidating? Is it easy to get it to do what you want it to do, or do you have to wade through too many menus and screens and press […]
Using a pen, On a piece of fabric draw several straight lines, a corner, a curve, and a circle. Lock your thread as described above, then set the machine for zigzag stitching. While running the machine, slowly move the hoop so that the machine forms satin stitching up and down some of the straight lines. […]
Make several stitches in place to lock the thread.
Drop the feed dogs and set the stitch length at zero. (If you can’t set the stitch length at zero, don’t panic, it’s not that important.) Install the fabric in the embroidery hoop (with any stabilizer[s] you intend to use) so that the surface of the fabric is at the *bottom* of the hoop. (Note […]
A zigzag sewing machine with a drop-feed control. (In other words, you have to be able to lower the feed dogs so they don’t try to feed the fabric.) It’s nice if you can vary the width of your zigzag stitches too. An embroidery foot or needle with embroidery spring. An embroidery foot helps by […]
Free machine embroidery is the process of creating embroidery using an ordinary zigzag sewing machine and fabric in an ordinary embroidery hoop. Free machine embroidery is, with practice, fun and easy, and does not require the purchase of an expensive computerized embroidery sewing machine. It’s called “free” because the hoop is controlled freely by hand […]