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Free motion sewing

Free motion sewing

Duration: 6 hours (10.30 -4.30)

Price: £50

Contact: Caroline Jeffery at A girl in her shed

10 Victoria Way
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 9NF
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Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

This exciting creative workshop is based in the lovely Mabel's Emporium in Burgess Hill, with a self contain workshop area. The workshop itself is great for beginners and those with some experience. You will learn how to prepare your fabric, set up your machine and get ‘drawing’ wibbly wobbly stitches making pictures and designs, without your ‘feeds’. You will add fabric and paint during the day to get a feel of textures and colour.

By the end of the class you’ll have a selection of sample pieces and have created your very own piece of work framed in an embroidery hoop.


The workshop runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm.
Free motion sewing is in fact ‘drawing’ with your sewing machine. On this course you will play with your machine learning a different style of sewing. Most of the usual sewing rules are disregarded.

You will need to bring your own sewing machine, if you can drop the feed and have an embroidery foot attachment, alternatively one will be provided. Be prepared to be amazed at learning a new way to sew with your machine.

Learn how to:
* Set up your machine for free motion sewing.
* Sew in a way that you feel like you are ‘drawing’ with your machine.
* Use fabrics to make applique designs.
* Add colour using fabric paints, including setting heat setting.
* Experiment with free motion writing.
* Design your final piece using the techniques learnt in the morning, letting your creativity flow.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are provided, including fabric, thread, paint and embroidery hoop for final piece to be framed in.

Bring your own machine with instruction manual if possible. A list of machine requirements will be sent to you once booked.

This course includes tea/coffee and a light lunch provided by Mabel's Tearoom

Parking is available.



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  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends