To start with, we were shown how to use straight stitch and zigzag stitch to make patterns on fabric, and to couch down threads:
then Sheila showed how to use the sewing machines' decorative stitches to create circles, using nothing more technical than a drawing pin!
We were then ready to 'lower the dogs' (feed dogs) and have a go at free machine stitching, and we were also introduced to soluble film. We created our own 'fabric' by making a sandwich from pieces of sheer fabric between soluble film. This was subsequently free machine stitched and we each created a beautiful and unique piece of free machine embroidery:
We all had a great day, learned a lot and took home our enthusiasm to continue experimenting with free machine stitching!