Free Motion Sewing on a Regular Sewing Machine


Free motion sewing is stitching on your sewing
machine, but being able to sew in any direction. You can do this with a straight stitch to
create a quilted look or use a machine satin stitch and create your own monogramming. With some machines, you can buy a free motion
foot, like this one. But just because you don’t have this foot,
doesn’t mean you still can’t do it. You will need to have the ability to put the
feed dogs down. Check your manual to see how to do this. The feed dogs need to be down to prevent them
from moving our fabric. If you don’t have a free motion foot, you
can simply remove the presser foot and presser foot holder. You still need to be able to lower the foot
lever, but you don’t want it to press on the fabric. For single stitching free motion, such as
getting a quilted look, you should use spray basting to hold your layers together. My layers are fabric, cotton batting and then
fabric again. Decide where you want to stitch like outlining
something on your print, or use a fabric marker to draw a design to use as a guideline. By turning your handwheel, put the needle
in and out of the fabric and pull your top thread to bring up the bobbin thread so that
both are on the top side of your quilt sandwich. Then put the foot presser lever down and start
sewing, following your pattern. Sew as slowly as you can and push your fabric
as steady as you can to make the stitches as even as possible. Take your time and don’t stress out if you’re
not following your pattern perfectly. Also, be sure to keep your fingers as far
away from the needle as possible. For a regular sewing machine, it’s recommended
that you do this with smaller projects, rather than try to do this with full size quilts. When you finish sewing, lock off your stitch
by going over your last hole twice and then lift up on the presser foot lever to release
the thread tension to make it easier to pull out your fabric. To do free motion on a single layer of fabric,
such as with a monogram, put your fabric into an embroidery hoop and make the fabric as
taut as possible. Draw your design on the right side of the
fabric. The right side should be on the inside of
the hoop. Place your hoop under the needle and for monogramming
select a satin stitch which is just a zig zag stitch with a small stitch length. I have both threads on the right side of my
fabric and I start sewing, moving my fabric by holding on to the hoop. If you move too fast, so your stitches look
a little thin, you can just go back over the area to make it look more filled in. Again, take your time. If your stitches don’t look good, such as
the tension looks too loose, it’s probably because you forgot to put your presser foot
lever down. Doing free motion sewing isn’t easy and
it may take a lot of practice so try it on scraps until you get the look you desire Once
you do master it, it’s a fun way to embellish your projects. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please subscribe to get notified of our weekly
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