Free Motion Sewing/Applique - 1:1 course.



About the Course
This exciting creative 1:1 workshop is great for beginners. 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 10am – 4pm (may run over time as we want you to go away with your finished piece)
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.

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?

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.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake are included throughout the day, but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Parking is available.


Caroline Jeffery at A girl in her shed

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Unit H, Cobblestone Walk
74 High Street
West Sussex
BN44 3RD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


5 hours (10:00am to 4:00am)

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Gail - - #38435

Brillian day with Caroline, she is a great teacher, very patient and gave clear instructions. We started with the basics and worked on more complex sewing by the afternoon.
Cant wait to get started at home.

Response from A girl in her shed:

Hi Gail
It was a great day. So pleased you enjoyed and learnt from it

Jill Heaney - - #37578

I spent a lovely day with Caroline learning the basics of free motion machine embroidery. She was fantastic at taking me through the processes & giving me the confidence to carry on at home. I even came away with a completed piece.

Response from A girl in her shed:

It was lovely seeing you Jill. Glad you enjoyed your day and you grasped the basics very well. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Julie - - #36750

My course was thoroughly enjoyable. I learnt everything I had hoped and more. Caroline is very keen to pass on her knowledge and I came away confident, with notes and examples to enable me to enjoy a new skill.

Response from A girl in her shed:

Thank you Julie. It was great to have you in the shop. I feel you will make great use of your new sewing skill 🙂

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