Free Machining Fun - Drawing with the needle

Hello and welcome to my course, Free Machining Fun - Drawing with the needle. I am Gina Ferrari, an adult education tutor with over twenty years experience teaching machine embroidery.

In this course I will teach you everything you need to know to get started in machine embroidery and then give you a couple of quick, fun and achievable projects to give you plenty of practice. As well as your sewing machine, with an ability to lower the feed dogs, you will just need some basic supplies and equipment.

The course is organised into short sections or lessons and within each there are several videos and downloadable PDFs to guide you through each step.

These are projects and skills that I would normally teach over a period of about 6-8 hours or over the course of a single day class, but you will be able to take this at your own pace, watching the videos and doing the exercises in a way that suits you. And of course you can repeat the projects as often as you like!

It is not necessary to have previous experience of machine embroidery, and the course is designed for the complete beginner or for those with limited experience. However, the projects are fun for any level of embroiderer.

If you have any questions that I have not answered here then please do get in touch.

Enrolment is now open and this will give you full access to all the course content.

Practise your free machining skills by creating a beautiful sampler of stitches

Create beautiful little needle cases that make the perfect gift

Use one of my designs or create your own

In a final project learn to make some cute hanging ornaments using either my designs or one of your own. They also make perfect gifts

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Table of Contents

Materials required
Free Machine Embroidery
Setting up your machine and starting to stitch
Hoops and Frames
Make a Sampler
Some inspiration
Needle case project
Prepare your materials
Stitching your design
Finishing the needle case
Hanging ornament project
Preparing your materials
Stitching your ornament
Finishing your ornament
Wrap up
Some final words
  • Your classes are relaxed and friendly and I learned so much

    — Julie M
  • I have now attended several of Gina's courses and she is always patient, full of encouragement and generous with her knowledge. I cannot recommend her enough. I am confident her online courses will be just as good as the live ones

    — Kim E
  • Thank you for a fabulous course and for the moral support and encouragement

    — Scilla C
  • Your course has been everything I've been wanting to do. I'm totally inspired.

    — Carol
  • You have restored my confidence, thank you.

    — Barbara
  • Your demonstrations are so clear and helpful

    — Kate S
  • I love your style of teaching. The instructions you give are really clear and the course organisation is excellent.

    — Tracey

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slowly. It's your choice!

What materials will I need?

Number one is a sewing machine where you can lower or cover the feed dogs plus an embroidery foot. You will need some black thread, plain fabric such as calico, some felt and some trimmings such as ribbon and buttons

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

How long will the course take?

This really is entirely up to you. When I teach this content in person it probably takes about 6-8 hours but the more time you spend and the more you can practise the techniques the more proficient you will become. And of course as it is online you can progress at your own pace.

What are your qualifications?

I originally trained as a secondary school teacher and taught Maths and Art in a North London school before taking a career break to have my children. Although I returned briefly to school teaching, during this time I took City and Guilds machine embroidery through to diploma level which led me to teach in adult education. I have taught now for over twenty years as a tutor at Missenden Abbey where I taught City and Guilds, as well as at a variety of weekend and summer school classes. I have also taught at numerous workshops throughout the UK as well as running weekly machine embroidery classes at a local adult education centre. I currently run a Stitched Textiles Masterclass that meet six times a year. As well as machine embroidery I have taught sketchbook classes, book making and printing on textiles. I have also been involved with numerous community projects working both in schools as well as with adults and children with learning difficulties.

Do I need experience of free machine embroidery?

Absolutely not! This course is specifically designed for the beginner or those with little experience although the actual projects will appeal to anyone.

How much does the course cost?

The course will cost £29 which I hope you will agree represents excellent value for the amount of content offered.

What if I'm unhappy, can I get a refund?

I really hope you will love the course. Unfortunately I cannot offer refunds once you have signed up which is why I'm giving you as much information as possible before you decide to enrol. But if you are still really are unhappy then do get in touch.

Can I share the course content?

I'm sure you will appreciate that putting together an online course takes a lot of time and effort to prepare, so I ask that you don't share the content. All the information is for the sole use of the individual subscriber. I am happy for you to share your results of the course on social media but I do ask that you tag/mention me. And if you wish to make the projects for sale at craft fairs etc all I ask is that you identify me as the designer. Thank you

Will you be offering more courses?

Definitely! This course is the first in a series of three designed to boost confidence in free machine embroidery skills. The next two courses will be delivered over the following couple of months.

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Learn to free machine with confidence