Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I don’t think I’d be able to do the work that’s shown in the picture, it looks too hard, is it?

A.  The work shown in the image on the workshop is often mine but has sometimes been done by a student. Nothing is too hard, and everything can be broken down. Templates are often provided for designs and sometimes the simplest of stitches can be the most effective. The nicest thing about working in small groups is that everyone is supportive. You CAN do it!

Q. Why do I have to bring my own machine?

A. I used to provide machines and found that ladies worked happily on them but when they tried on their own machine at home they got into difficulty. It’s SO much better for you if you bring your own as you are familiar with it and if we trouble shoot together, you’ll be confident to continue when you get home.

Q. I’m not sure if I can do machine embroidery on my machine, it doesn’t say so in the book?

A. Your Manual may refer to darning rather than embroidery. If your machine can drop the teeth (under the needle) then you can free machine. It is important that you also buy a machine embroidery foot as it has a spring which allows the fabric to move. The best kind are see through plastic with a horseshoe shape as they are the easiest but you can also buy universal feet from the Internet- they all work!

Q. What if I can’t draw?

A. I always encourage people to create their own designs but templates are provided too. I usually find that ladies will always have a go if shown how to do it stage by stage.

Q. Do I need to bring my own materials?

A. You will be given a materials list prior to the workshop, such as sewing machine and basic sewing kit but generally, all materials for the workshops will be provided.

Q. I’d love to come to a workshop but not sure about coming in my own

A.  Come! You’ll always have a warm welcome. I often have a small group of ladies who don’t know each other at all but are exchanging numbers at the end. That’s the great thing about working with like minded people, everyone has the same interests so there’s always something to chat about.

 Q. I have sent a message to you through your contact form but haven’t had a reply

A. I try to answer all emails within 24 hours. Occasionally one slips through the net and doesn’t get to me. If you haven’t had a reply then please email me at: