When I first heard about free motion embroidery I was still at school. Unfortunately my Elna Lotus could not drop it's feed dogs I gave up on that dream. Then a few months ago I picked up Poppy Treffry's book "Free & Easy Stitch Style" in the library, and just loved her stuff. I then realised my new Janome DC3050 could drop it's feed dogs so I treated myself to her book.
I have to say, my attempts at following her instructions were disappointing. I dutifully lowered my feed dogs, hooped up my fabric, and fitted my zipper foot. Poppy's was the old sort with a single ling central toe whereas my short fat modern one was a bit of a nuisance.
My hoop kept getting in the way when I tried sketching out a design, and my machine tension was a mess. I was pretty tense too, til I noticed my local sewing course Mecca was doing a 'Free Motion Machine Stitching' Course! Went off there last week, and came back all fired up and confident.
We doodled, and shaded...
We applied and embellished - a bit wonkily at first!
but with a little more practice it got better. We used a different colour in the bobbin...
and the tension was fine, in fact the back looked even better than the front!
so then we chose chose a project, and I made this needle case!
and now I can't wait to try it out on my machine!
Extra pointers I picked up -
I have bought a set of embroidery needles and threads
now I just need a project to try it out on at home