Last month I posted an Easy Tip for Beginning Free-Motion Stitching. It’s a scribble stitching exercise that teaches you how to move the fabric without having to worry about making specific shapes. The more you scribble, the more comfortable you get with the process.
The first post was about comfort and this post is about control. Learning to coordinate the movement of the fabric with the speed of the machine to create stitched designs. If you’ve ever taught children to sew, you may have used this technique – stitching on paper without thread, following lines, and learning to work with the movement of the machine. I’ve created practice pages that lets you do the same thing with free-motion stitching. Click here to download these pages that have simple continuous line shapes that you can follow to learn to control the movement of the fabric, stitching specific shapes.
Practice Pages Video
Free-motion stitching on paper is very similar to stitching on fabric. Click here for a short video that will help you with the basics of free-motion stitching. In no time at all, you’ll get the feel of making the needle travel over the paper/fabric to create shapes.
When you use these Practice Pages, don’t give up if you miss the lines. Continue practicing and mark the date on the pages. Keep them so you can look back and see your progress. You’ll be amazed at how much your stitching improves as you practice, practice, practice! I’d love to hear how you are doing on your free-motion stitching journey. Leave a comment below to let me know!