Say It In Fabric New Baby Card

Every now and then I love to breakout my sewing machine and get all stitchery. So when I was asked to make a new baby card I decided that it would be fun to do a little faux free-motion machine embroidery.

Faux Free-motion machine embroidery card

I do love drawing with a sewing machine, it is such a gorgeous technique. With real free-motion machine embroidery you go off-road so to speak. You either don’t use a foot at all on your sewing machine – watch your fingers! – or you get one of those ‘jumping’ feet (that’s what I call them!), you know the quilting or darning ones that lift off with each stitch so that you can move the fabric freely.

What I call faux free-motion machine embroidery is where you draw with your sewing machine but you use it just as you would to sew a seam with an ordinary foot. It does require a bit of patience and some use of the sewing machine’s flywheel but it is nice halfway house if you are a little worried about going completely off-road.

Close up of the faux free-motion machine embroidery new baby card

This scenic baby new baby card was made using the faux free-motion machine embroidery techniques and fabric.

All the elements use stitch, the lettering, spot on the ladybird all of it. However, the inside and the envelop where stamped with a stamp from Clearly Besotted Stamps but they seem to have discontinued the stamp set, which is a shame ‘coz it was super-cute.

Matching stamping inside a card and on the envelop

Do you ever use your sewing machine to draw your designs and not just stitch a border with? Is it something you would like to do more of but aren’t sure how? Are you a fan of the free-motion machine embroidery? I would love to know so do drop me a comment if it is something you would like to know more about.

Catch you later stitchinators.

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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She’s a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.


    • 14 April 2015 / 11:36 am

      I use to use it a lot too but it is quite labour intensive isn't it? Your card is beautiful, love that cupcake, almost good enough to eat 🙂 Kx

  1. 14 April 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Really cute card Kim.
    My machine doesn't come out much these days. I was never one for machine embroidery of any kind but love to see the effects others come up with.
    Toni xx

    • 15 April 2015 / 9:32 am

      Thanks Toni. My machine doesn't come out much either at the moment, for me it mostly a matter of time. I have grand ideas to add stitch to a card then I just run out of time! Hey ho!

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