No matter how basic or up-to-the-minute your sewing machine is, you can use it as a very versatile, very capable embroidery tool just by dropping the feed dogs and moving the fabric under the needle by yourself. This free-motion machine embroidery, practiced almost since the sewing machine was invented, is a powerful option even if you do have a fully computerized model. Saskia Wassing-Shepherd shares a technique for free-motion embroidery to sew wearables, wall art, or home furnishings in this article from Threads #87.
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