Hello all! My name is Connie Mabbott, an embroidery designer maker and artist. I have been invited to write a guest post for BERNINA, and will be talking about how I use my machine for embroidery.
An introduction to Free-machine Embroidery
I was introduced to BERNINA sewing machines at university. They taught us how to use them in an abstract way which was never my style of work; so I steered clear of them during my degree, under the impression that they weren’t suitable for the delicate designs I had the desire to create.
Despite having not used the BERNINA for free-machine much, by second embroidery job after graduating required a lot of its use. From working with them on a regular basis, it didn’t take long to realise that I could do pretty much anything I wanted to on them!
BERNINAs, in my opinion, are the best machines to use for free-machine embroidery, because they are so easy to use.
How I use my BERNINA
My method involves drawing up a design on water soluble film (which can be pulled away at the end of stitching or washed away), and pinning it to some fabric, or a piece of clothing in the desired position. When embroidering, I keep the fabric taut using an easy clip embroidery hoop. If the material is particularly stretchy, then I support it with backing fabric which can also be pulled away once complete.
These easy clip hoops are fantastic for large embroidery designs that don’t fit inside your standard hoop, because they’re so quick and easy to reframe around the piece without even having to remove it from the machine!
My work is mainly illustrative, which is why free-machine works so well for me. I can move the fabric around as I like, almost like drawing or painting but with a needle to make lines, shade and fill areas to create both simple and complex designs.
Having learnt free-machine embroidery whilst working at a bespoke bridal company, I began making small embroideries for my own clothes. I had a lot of interest in what I was making for myself, and so decided to make them available for everyone to buy online.
I try to focus on making designs that will last through the years rather than following trends that may get old. Items like my statement collar shirts are very popular as they are different but will still look great in years to come! And florals will never go out of fashion. They are my favourite to embroider!
To see more of my work and new works as I make them, head over to my instagram account. I’m always working on new designs, so keep an eye out!