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free-motion embroidery

JanF | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi – just watched (albeit not very clearly) video re. Manuel’s free-motion embroidery ref. No 103 issue. I was looking because I like to do free-motion emboidery on a lot of my stuff.
I am not sure I’m understanding it correctly and unfortunately wasn’t subscribibg at the time of issue 103.
What kind of free-embroidery is he doing?
Is he using set machine embroidery stitches but just without the presser foot/feed dog – which I thought you couldn’t do – or is it just that he is using an industrial machine (which I know would be faster)in the same way I use my domestic?
I have no experience with industrial machines – and little space for one – but I was considering getting one to help with stitching corsetry and I am possibly ill informed. I did not realise that I would be able to use one to actually work my free embroidery too. is that possible?
Cos if it is, could someone recommend a good industrial – not too large in actual dimensions , that would be a good buy to do both free and ordinary stitching?
I would be grateful for any guidance.


  1. Josefly | | #1

    I believe the machine being used in the video is an industrial zig-zag, or satin-stitch machine. If you look at it closely you see that he has controls at his knee and at his foot simultaneously. I believe he was controlling the speed with his knee and perhaps the stitch width with his foot. It was not a programmed, computerized embroidery machine...they made a point of saying he (Manuel) doesn't use programmed designs; he designs his own embroidery and his partner fills in the drawn design.

    1. JanF | | #2

      Hi Josie?
      This is my second reply - for some reason every now and then I lose one of my replies!!
      Thanks for the trouble you took to reply - my PC production was C..p so I couldn't hear hime and could only fuzzily see what he was doing. I'd like a suitable small industrial for me to use the same way - but one that could also be used for stitching straight stitch into heavyweight fabric (corsets) so I would appreciate any advice you've got on that score - cos I really no nothing about industrial machines except speed and that a lot of them are purpose built for 1 operation - will I find one to do straight, zigzag and free embroidery?
      Thanks Jan

      1. Josefly | | #3

        I don't know about industrial machines either, Jan, but the machines used on the Manuel's videos, both the embroidery one, sewed by his partner, and the piped pockets one, were JUKI machines. I believe the machine he did free-motion embroidery on was a simple zig-zag, with the presser foot removed and feed dogs lowered, but I'm not sure. It would be lovely to be so skilled as Manuel's partner is...His name is supplied in the written intro to the video provided on the Threads link, but I've forgotten it, I'm sorry.

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