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Intro to Machine Embroidery 1 Day Sewing Class

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Duration: 1 day x 5 hours

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced


This workshop will show you how to create embroidered designs using any sewing machine. You'll start by learning the basics of free motion stitching using a regular sewing machine, how to stabilise fabric to stop it crinkling and warping and how to select and work with decorative threads to manually create different stitch effects.

After a lunch break we'll take a close look at digital embroidery machines and experiment with stitching out a variety of embroidery files and designs. This class provides an overview and history of creating decorative stitches using sewing machines. The aim is to give you confidence in tackling your own machine embroidery projects, no matter what kind of machine you own. It's a perfect primer for anyone with a new embroidery machine or thinking of purchasing a new or used embroidery machine.

Everyone will have a chance to work on a regular sewing machine and a digital embroidery machine in this class, to give you a taste of the many ways embroidery can be created with use of a machine, as an alternative to hand stitching. Digitising custom embroidery files will be briefly discussed, but not in great detail due to the time constraints of the class.

Intermediate and advanced students who wish to broaden their hooping, stitching and stabilising skills are welcome. You'll be guided through the whole machine embroidery process from learning to use a regular sewing machine to do free motion embroidery, to how a machine that can take digitised embroidery files works. With a maximum number of 6 students per class, you'll get more one-on-one time with your teacher. 


The class runs from 10am - 4pm across 1 day with a lunch break.

Please let us know if you need to use our sewing machines for the course, otherwise we will assume you're bringing your own. 

With a maximum number of 6 students per class, you'll get comforting one-on-one time with your knowledgeable teacher, Laura Walsh of Bobbin and Ink.

Bobbin and Ink is an LGBTQI+ safe space and this course welcomes women, men and anyone identifying otherwise. 

Can't find a date that suits you? Email us to join our waiting list and we'll let you know when new dates are available.


  • Setting up your sewing machine - threading, needle selection, thread choice, troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Embroidering using a sewing machine - hooping, positioning / alignment
  • Control of your sewing machine and it's stitches
  • Choosing the right type of backing for your project
  • Selecting and working with different thread types
  • Transferring a design to a digital embroidery machine
  • Working with free motion feet and techniques


    • A basic kit of embroidery supplies to use on the day including fabric, stabiliser, thread.
    • 5 hours of professional tuition
    • Sewing machine use or bring your own.
    • Use of specialist tools, e.g. pinking shears, tracing wheels, cutting mats, etc*
    • Endless tea, coffee and bickies!


    • Your sewing or embroidery machine. We do have machines you can borrow if necessary. If bringing an embroidery machine please also don't forget your hoops and accessories that came with the machine. Bringing the manual also wouldn't hurt.
    • Please ensure you have a new size 90 universal needle and size 75 embroidery needle with your machine. If you don't own these, you can purchase them in class on the day.
    • You will be supplied with machine embroidery thread to use in class. If you would like to take some home, we have Brother brand thread and bobbin fill available to purchase in-store.
    • *Optional* - There will be limited time to discuss and stich out designs at the end of class. Some students may own embroidery files that they are curious about stitching. If this is the case, please bring the design files on a USB (or device compatible with your machine) so we can discuss them in class.
    • Notebook and pen.
    • Wear closed-in shoes and no loose jewellery.

    EMAIL US with any questions you might have.

        This Class is subject to Bobbin and Ink's Cancellation Policy.
        Please read it on our Terms and Conditions page before booking.