Machine embroidery may be challenging for some in the very beginning and it may take a little while to really get the hang of it. If you are new to machine embroidery and fall in this category, then learning machine embroidery from an expert embroidery instructor, is certainly the best way to get you started.

In this freeform machine embroidery course you will creatively utilise the automated stitches setting on your embroidery machine in order to create a card. For the second project you will set your embroidery machine to “machine darning settings” to undertake first a simple embroidered bag (pattern supplied) and then a gorgeous personalised embroidered tree.

After learning machine embroidery in this course, you will be using your sewing machine in a whole new creative way.


This is a unique step-by-step embroidery course for beginners. Learn machine embroidery by following along with expert embroidery instructor, Gail Cowley, from the comfort of your home. This embroidery course contains 4 projects, including the creation of greeting cards, a cushion, a draw-string bag and an open tree design.


  • Discover how to get started; setting up your machine and understanding the different stitches.

  • Create a free machine embroidery greetings card.

  • Practise various free machine embroidery techniques, like drawing with your machine or writing your name.

  • How to professionally mount and back your designs. ( 4 projects to complete)




Gail Cowley

Gail has numerous City & Guilds qualifications, Teaching Certificate in Adult and Further Education, BTEC Diploma in Art & Design, Bachelor of Design (Hons) specialising in design for Textiles & Metal, Post Grad Cert in Education, MA in Education and a PhD in Education. Her interests are particularly in machine embroidery and computer aided design. Gail enjoys gardening, walking and Hatha yoga in her free time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The course starts now and there is no end date. It is a self-paced course and therefore you decide when you start and finish the course.

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for a full year on all devices – across any and all devices you own.

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us within the first three days of purchase, and we will be happy to provide you with a full refund.

You’ll need a sewing machine that can drop its feed-dogs or have them covered (which is pretty much all recent machines), an embroidery hoop, machine threads and a selection of ordinary fabrics and some general haberdashery

Note: If you are not a complete beginner when it comes to machine embroidery and you are interested in more advanced accredited machine embroidery courses, then you can choose to undertake an accredited City & Guilds machine embroidery course with Gail. Alternatively you also have the option to sign up to a completely different City & Guilds accredited textile course in a different subject with the London based School Of Stitched Textiles. Information on the course subjects, levels and accredited textile courses can be found at the bottom of this page.


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