Free machine embroidery with Sarah Sewell



Free-machine embroidery has been described by Kirsty Allsopp as ‘the crack cocaine of the crafting world!’ and we have to agree – it is very addictive!

Sarah’s workshop will introduce you to this fascinating art form – it can be described as drawing with your sewing machine.

You will learn how to set up a sewing machine ready for free-machine embroidery and can have fun practising doodling and ‘writing’ onto fabric. Once you have mastered the basics, you will design and create your own framed textile picture using free-machine embroidery & appliqué techniques.

There will be a selection of fabrics available for you to use in your appliqué design, but you are very welcome to bring your own fabric if you prefer.

At the end of the workshop you will be able to set up a sewing machine for free-machine embroidery and have the knowledge to create your own textile art at home.

Information regarding suitable fabrics and threads etc and where to buy them will also be given to you.

Course highlights:
Friendly, comfortable and well lit environment
Small group to enable individual tuition
All tools and materials/equipment are provided
Generous table space
Clear information and demonstrations from an experienced textile artist
The course focus is always on fun and friendly creativity with lots of personal tuition from an experienced textile artist.

Class sizes will be limited to enable individual tuition so please get in touch soon to book your place.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

You don’t need to bring anything with you as all tools and materials/equipment will be provided. However, please do feel free to bring your own fabric scraps & photos or pictures to provide inspiration for your framed picture.

Food: Hot and cold refreshments will be provided throughout the workshop. The shop is situated next to the wonderful Mulberry Tree Cafe where you can also purchase delicious food at reasonable prices.


David Humphreys at Created By Hand

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The Stables, Strelley Hall
Main Street,
Strelley Village, Nottingham

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


10:00am to 1:00pm

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Jayne Dickson - - #39057

This was my second workshop. Sarah was very patient and guided me through the process of catching the thread from under the fabric. Again I came away with a lovely piece of textile art in a frame. It is nice to decide on your own design and Sarah guides you through how to put it together step by step. The free machinery embroidery is a great course for beginners and experts.

Response from Created By Hand:

Hi Jayne

Thanks for the comments

Sarah has a wonderful way of making students of all abilities feel at ease and I am always impressed by the variety and quality of work that comes out of her taster classes.


Kirstie Tillsley - - #37228

Excellent course ran by an extremely friendly and competent tutor.
Sarah was very patient and gave good guidance to everyone in the group who needed it.
The experience and enthusiasm she has for her art showed and appeared to rub off on us all in the group.
We all came away with something we were proud of and with the confidence to try it at home.
Thank you for a very relaxing 'me time'.

Response from Created By Hand:

Thanks for the lovely comments Kirstie

We feel very lucky to have such a wonderful bank of lovely, talented tutors who are passionate to pass on their knowledge and enjoy teaching as much as they do creating.

We try to make every experience a positive one and hopefully give students the confidence to take things further after each class


Sarah Dawson - - #36792

This was the second time I’ve completed a workshop with Sarah. I had a great morning and came away with a framed piece of work. I will definitely be back.

Response from Created By Hand:

Hi Sarah

Thanks for the feedback and we are really pleased that you still have the passion to learn and create.

We look forward to welcoming you back for another class soon


Jayne Dickson - - #36752

An enjoyable and informative course. I was very impressed and thought it really good value for money. I came away with a framed piece of textile art. I had never attempted free motion machinery embroidery before but Sarah took us through the process with ease. I am looking forward to trying it at home with the pack I purchased.

Response from Created By Hand:

Thanks Jayne

We are really pleased you enjoyed the class and we hope you get on well with taking your new skills to the next level


Kim Chandley - - #33279

I really enjoyed the free motion embroidery with appliqué work. A lovely group of people on the course and Sarah was very helpful and encouraging,
All COVID measures were in place and it was a safe and friendly space to create in.

Response from Created By Hand:

Hi Kim

Thanks for the great review and I'm really pleased you enjoyed the class.

I hope you take what you learned on the day and carry on with the free machine embroidery.

We look forward to seeing you at another one of our classes in the future


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