I have a few theories based on my interactions with quilters over the years. Some quilters purchase embroidery-capable machines thinking they’ll learn to do something with the embroidery features “someday”. Others want to use these features but aren’t sure how to get started. The threads, stabilizers, software packs, etc. make them feel overwhelmed. Still others feel confident about the process, but don’t know how to incorporate embroidery into their quilting projects. And there’s another subgroup of quilters who don’t have embroidery features on their current machine(s), but are curious about what they can do.
No matter which group of quilters you fall into, Sara Gallegos’ new online class, Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery, can help. Starting today, a new episode will be available biweekly to take you through all the basics of the machine embroidery experience and beyond. Sara is one of my favorite online quilting instructors. Her clear information and encouraging style are great for learn-at-home students. And her projects are always full of creativity and flair. Watch the free intro video here and see what I mean!
In the first episode, Sara discusses the different types of embroidery-capable machines, and which features are important to consider when purchasing one. Even if you already own such a machine, if you’re not getting maximum usefulness and fun out of it, this video is worth watching for the information on what you can accomplish with different size hoops, etc.
There are some quilting projects that just call out for the addition of embroidery. For example, blocks like the Chicken Foot at left can be enhanced with any number of embroidery designs, but only if you move past your roadblocks and learn to use machine embroidery features. I hope you’ll give Sara’s classes a try and embark on a new chapter in your quilt making journey!
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