Drawing with my sewing machine is one of my favorite techniques. It takes some practice, but then it's very addicting! I usually draw my design on a water soluble stabilizer first, or you can just stitch freehand. Then I stack the stablilzer on top of my fabric, put batting under that, then put it all in an embroidery hoop. A hand or machine hoop will work, as long as you can get it under the foot of your machine. You could use another layer of stabilizer, either removeable or permanent in place of the batting, I like the dimension the batting adds. Set your machine up for free motion stiching, and start drawing. For more free motion stitching info, see my free motion quilting tutorial.
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing. After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now starting to design kits and patterns Some of these are now available from Keepsake Quilting also. I teach classes at a local quilt shop, The Material Girls, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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