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FREEHAND MACHINE EMBROIDERY COURSES WITH ALISON
FAQ for courses at THE GARDEN STUDIO, OSWESTRY
Hopefully all the answers are here...

I am often asked for advice on sewing machines, I always use and recommend a Bernina, the one I use in my studio was made in 1965, the one I demonstrate with is a Bernina 1020, it is 25 years old.

I also have a Bernina 1008, it is their current most basic model which is perfect for free-hand machine embroidery. For more information about their machines go to the links page and click on Bernina Sewing Machines.

Buying secondhand is always an option online or a local dealer

As long as it is an electric sewing machine, you dont need a computerised model. Preferably with an extension table to support the hoop and a removable bobbin case so the bobbin tension can easily be altered. A stitch width control dial easier to control than push button controls and the feed dogs will need to be lowered


Please arrive approximately 9.30am on the first day to settle in and start at 10am.

You can leave all your equipment in the Garden Studio for the duration of the course and therefore other days please arrive for a 10.00am start

There is room to park on my drive and you can leave your car there all day

The house is on Oakhurst Rd, Oswestry and its the second to last house before Park Drive. It has 85 Highfield on the low wall at the bottom of the drive

I have a range of photographs, materials and equipment that you may use or buy (see the requirements list for more details).

I will supply tea, coffee, biscuits, extension cables and anything else we need, just ask!

Please bring your own packed lunch each day.

If you have any other queries, please contact me