Free Motion Embroidery

When most people think of embroidery, they think of hand embroidery or embroidery machine embroidery. Both of which are great works of sewing art. However, embroidery can be done in other ways as well. One way that tends to be forgotten, overlooked, or undiscovered… free-motion embroidery.  This is a fun and mesmerizing way to using your domestic sewing machine, and good old-fashioned embroidery hoop, to be more creative in your sewing designs.

Our editor will be holding a LIVE & Learn event in our Facebook group to give you an introduction to free motion embroidery.  The event will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. If you miss this event live, you will be able to find it in our VIP Club “After Party Video Library”.

If you would like to sew along during the demonstration, you will find a list of supplies below and an Amazon shopping list for your convenience. You will also find a printout guide to practice your rhythm and stitching. This guide will be used during the demonstration to make it easy to follow along.

You can find more information about how to transfer your embroidery designs in this blog post.

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Materials Needed


Cotton Fabric


Embroidery Hoop


Embroidery Thread


Embroidery Needle




Darning Foot / Open Toe Foot

Shopping List

Cotton Fabric – We recommend white to practice on so you can see your stitches better while learning.

Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery Thread

Sewing Machine Embroidery Needle

Stabilizer  – You can use a tear-a-way or wash-a-way stabilizer if the back of your design will show. However, if the back will be visible or you are just practicing, use a stabilizer of your choice.

Darning Foot  – Check to see if your sewing machine came with this foot. Several machines do! If you need to purchase one, check to make sure it is compatable with your sewing machine. You will need to know if you have a low shank or a high shank.

Practice your stitching with this guide

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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