17th March 2015

Join Our Spring Free Motion Florals Movement!

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Spring has sprung

Okay, so spring might be arriving a little slower than we’d like. We’ve had enough of the cold and the clouds though! We’re giving spring a helping hand at Oekaki HQ with bunches of free motion florals. There’s nothing that gets us feeling better than big, beautiful blooms, and what’s more fun than making your own fabric flowers to brighten your day?

Each flower is different, but no matter the shape, colour, size or style we love every single one. We believe that’s true for sewing too – every piece is unique and completely fabulous. So for the rest of the month, we want to gather up as many perfect petals as we can. Let’s sew our best and show spring how it’s done. Blooming brilliant!

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Whether you’re crafting textile art masterpieces, or just being thriftily fabulous as you patch up your jeans, we want to see the best of your machine embroidery buds. It doesn’t matter when you made it, or what you used it for. All we want to see is everyone having a go!

Are you nervous about freehand embroidery? Don’t panic! Free motion florals are a great beginners’ project. With plenty of simple shapes and lots of layering you can easily build up your bouquet. Try adding in some appliqué for easy pops of colour or print, as well as a perfect way to use up your scraps drawer!

Join the movement

Still not sure how to start? Check out our Freehand Floral pinterest board for some more great inspiration. Once you’ve had a go, snap a quick photo and head on over to our facebook page. Leave us a wall post to submit your fabulous flowers and crafty creations! We’ll display all the submissions to our free motion florals movement in one album – let’s get this spring started!

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  1. I bought an Oekaki machine from Create & Craft a while ago. I was disappointed that the machine has to be oiled (surely unusual these days?) and the upright bobbin case is not as easy as the drop in type. However, the stitches are good. How does this Renaissance model differ from mine, and is mine out of date now – I hope not!

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      Hi Margo – we’ll never call a machine out of date if it’s still working! We do still offer support for the original Oekaki machine, and you can still purchase parts and accessories from us too. The Oekaki Renaissance does have improvements – no oiling is needed, the bobbin is a drop in type, and there’s a variable stitch width setting for free motion embroidery. You can read more about the Renaissance’s specification here: http://www.toyotaoekakiworld.com/oekaki-renaissance/technical-specification/
      However, as long as your machine is still sewing strong, we’re happy you’re using it!

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