Getting Started With a Free Motion Embroidery Machine

When you first start using your free motion embroidery machine, you’ll need to get a few things ready. Stabilizer, a pressed applique sheet, and a piece of cotton fabric. Once you have these materials, it’s time to select the right fabric and start stitching. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the more important considerations.


When choosing a stabilizer for your free motion computer embroidery sewing machine, keep in mind that there are different types of stabilizers available. Nonwoven stabilizers can be soft and absorbent but are not recommended for heavyweight fabrics and sheer materials. For lace and high-nap fabrics, washaway stabilizers are the best choice.

Another option is to use an interfacing as a stabilizer. It is important to choose the right type of interfacing. Lightweight interfacing works best with lighter fabrics, while heavyweight interfacing is better with heavier fabrics. Before using an interfacing, you should test it on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure it gives you the best stitch quality.

Water-soluble stabilizers are available by the yard. These are a quick and easy way to stabilize a fabric while stitching. You should remember to remove them once you are done stitching. If your fabric is thick, you may want to consider using an iron-on stabilizer.

You can also use stabilizers for other projects, such as quilting. Stabilizers can be used to achieve professional-looking results, and they make it easier to use specialty finishing techniques. These stabilizers take the stress out of the process and make it a more enjoyable and relaxed experience. It is important to consider the project’s weight, fiber content, stretch, and other factors when choosing a stabilizer.

The best stabilizer for free motion embroidery is the one that will stay in place throughout the process. To choose a stabilizer, you should always test the adhesive on a scrap fabric to ensure that it will stay in place throughout the entire embroidery process.

Applique pressing sheet

A applique pressing sheet is a great way to stabilize your appliqued pieces as you sew. The sheet helps fuse the fabric to the fabric so it won’t pucker. It is usually plastic and is marked with seam allowances, set distances between stitches, and how to turn exact corners. You can also make your own applique pressing sheet from baking paper if you don’t already have one.

It is important to prepare the carrier fabric as well as the appliques before you start sewing. The carrier material must be pre-prepared so that the finished appliques will stick to it. You can use Embroidery Foot #6 or Open Embroidery Foot #20 for common appliques, as well as Applique Foot #23 for plastic caterpillar seams. Once you’ve prepared the fabric, the next step is to select a foot for the appliques.

The weight of the thread should be matched by the needle size. For example, 40-wt. Rayon should be used with a size 80/12 needle. If you are using 12-wt. cotton, use a size 100/16 needle.

While a free motion embroidery machine is not essential to free-motion quilting, it can make the stitching process easier. Most machines come with a spring-loaded foot that rests above the fabric surface. This foot is relatively wide, so you can see your work while sewing. You can switch between free-motion and embroidery feet on some machines. To find the right one for you, check the manual.

A medium-weight stabilizer is an excellent choice for practice Sewing Master. It can be used in place of scrap fabric to avoid tunneling. It’s also inexpensive, and you can write on it for reference. A double layer stabilizer is also a good practice surface.

Thread sketching

Thread sketching on a free-motion embroidery machine has many benefits. It is very easy and quick to do, and it is also a very rewarding skill. When you’re new to free motion embroidery, you can practice your new skills by starting with a simple project and then progressing to more complicated projects.

Thread sketching is similar in concept to drawing with a pencil. However, you use thread to outline shapes and fill them in. Although the technique is similar to free-motion quilting, it often involves higher thread density. This means that you will need more stability and may need to use stabilizers.

Although free motion embroidery can be used on any type of machine, some machines are made for it. It is easy to get started with this technique, but it does require a lot of practice. Free motion embroidery can be a very addictive hobby once you get the hang it.

The first step to free motion embroidery is to choose a quality thread. There are many types of embroidery threads. High-quality thread will produce less lint which is good for both the machine as well as the fabric. To keep the fabric from unraveling during sewing, you will need a hoop. You can wrap the hoop with scrap fabric or even a self-adhesive bandage to keep the fabric taught during the process.

Cotton fabric

Preparing the fabric for free-motion embroidery is the first step in free-motion embroidery. This can be done with an iron-on transfer, a dressmaking carbon, or a water-solvent pen. You can also use colored pencils or felt-tip markers to transfer designs. Be careful not to use ballpoint pens and lead pencils because the ink can stain the fabric. Refer to your machine’s manual for specific instructions.

Before you start free-motion embroidery, make sure that you have the correct foot settings for your machine. An essential accessory is a free-motion embroidery foot. To achieve the desired effect, you will need to adjust the length and width of the stitch. Also, be sure to practice on a piece of spare fabric, mounted in a hoop, before you start the actual project.

To get the best out of your free-motion embroidery machine, use a good quality thread. The quality of your project can be affected by the thread you choose. To create unique effects, you can use different thread colors. Choose a thread weight that is lighter in weight than the fabric if you are working with fabric. This will help prevent your thread from breaking or tearing during embroidery.

A spring-loaded sewing foot is best for free-motion. This will prevent fabric from catching on the needle and allow you to see what’s happening. Some machines have both an embroidery foot and a free-motion foot that can be used interchangeably. Instructions on which one to use should be included in the manual.

Another thing to consider when choosing cotton fabric for free-motion embroidery is the thread count. At least 200 threads should be used per inch. A heavier fabric is best for delicate designs, while a lighter one may be better for a light project.


To start free motion embroidery, you should look into purchasing a machine. There are many types of free-motion embroidery machines available. Some are inexpensive and some are more expensive. You will want to choose the machine that suits your budget. A Janome free motion embroidery machine is a good choice. A Janome free machine for embroidery is usually priced at around PS300.

Some machines are very expensive and can cost upwards of $10,000. A lower-cost machine can be purchased for about one tenth of the price. Some machines are computerized, which allows you to use built-in designs and fonts. These machines are great for quilting because they come with preloaded designs and frames.

You should also consider what type of stitches you would like to embroider. The embroidery should have character thanks to the choice of stitches. The look and feel of your piece will be affected by the stitch width, thread tension, length, and other factors. Before you attempt to apply decorative stitches on a project, it is a good idea to practice. A combination machine is a good investment if you intend to embroider as well as sew. Some Brother combination machines allow you to sew while the embroidery arm is attached.

Also, you will need to consider the number and type of designs. A basic machine will only have about 80 designs, while a more advanced machine will have more than 280. This will give you a wide range of options for your projects. Some machines have extra feet, which can make transferring your designs easier.

It is important to choose a machine that will work with the fabric you are embroidering. If you plan to embroider a cotton quilt sandwich, a needle with a lighter thread bobbin might be necessary. A larger needle size is required if you are going to embroider a woolen quilt. Make sure the needle is sharp enough to pass through the fabric, but not too small. You may also need to buy an embroidery needle with a rounded tip.