Free Machining Fun - appliqué

Hello and welcome to my course, Free Machining Fun - Appliqué.

I am Gina Ferrari, an artist and adult education tutor with over twenty years experience teaching machine embroidery. In this course, the third in a series of three, I will teach you everything you need to know to continue your journey 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 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, as the first section will guide you through everything you need to know to get started, although if you took either of the first two courses in the series you can skip this part. The course is designed for the complete beginner or for those with limited experience. However, the projects are fun for any level of embroiderer. It is not necessary to have taken the first two courses before you take this

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 immediate full access to all the course content.

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

    — Tracey
  • Your demonstrations are so clear and helpful

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

    — Carol
  • It is a wonderful course and well taught which is a difficult task at a distance. Gina is always there to help and advise. Thoroughly recommended!

  • The support received was excellent, much encouragement was given throughout. I enjoyed being able to work at my own pace.”

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Free Machining Basics
Setting up your machine and starting to stitch
Hoops and Frames
Free machine appliqué
Using Bondaweb to create designs
A quick project - a lavender bag
Other appliqué projects
Christmas Wreath
Preparing the base
Sewing the motifs
Finishing your wreath
More ideas for this technique
Wrap Up
More applique
Some final words

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! 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 slow. 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 coloured/patterned cotton fabrics plus some plain background fabrics, black thread and bondaweb to start working with appliqué. Everything else is easy to obtain and no specialist materials are required.

How long will the course take?

his 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 experience do you have

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. You do not need to have taken the first two courses to do this one.

How much does the course cost?

The course will cost £22.50

Can I share the course content?

'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 third in a series of three designed to boost confidence in free machine embroidery skills and all three courses are currently open for enrolment. Next year I plan to offer more free machine embroidery courses as well as coursers on design and other techniques. I will also be running my original course, Machine Textured Landscapes again

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

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.

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

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