Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Machine Embellishment – What does it Mean?

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I am scheduled to teach a couple of Machine Embellishment classes later this year. The first two-day workshop takes place during week 2 of Quilting by the Lake, the last workshop for the year will take place in Calgary in late October.

It appears that there is often a puzzled look when I mention “Machine Embellishments”. What does it mean? It means that the person operating the machine is in full control of what she/he creates, the final outcome is 100 % original and not the product of a digitized motif. The best part of this is that one does not need a fancy or expensive sewing machine. All the samples you see here are created with straight and zig-zag stitches. If a machine has pre-programmed stitches they may be employed as well, much like I did in the iPad cover.

The workshop runs over two days and covers well over 30 samples. Participants will have the chance to try out various techniques, and assemble a reference book with the samples created. I guarantee that each participant will fall in love with their sewing machine all over again. The two days are action packed and never seem to disappoint. Reviews are always favorable and the “ohhh”s and “ahhh”s and “wow” at what each machine and the individual operating it achieves always makes my heart sing.

If you are interested, check out Quilting by the Lake in July 2015 at Onandaga College in Syracuse, NY. In Canada the workshop is organized by a friend in Calgary. You can reach her at <>

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5 thoughts on “Machine Embellishment – What does it Mean?

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  2. Marilyn on said:

    Hi Anna, I was on the verge of registering at QBL to take your class but the strength of the U.S. Dollar gave me pause. What are the dates for your class in Calgary? I am in a class from the 18 to 24 October. If there is not a clash I can go to Calgary.
    Isn’t Helene’s work lovely? Your design class is certainly one to take as well.


    • Hello Marilyn, the class in Calgary takes place during the last week of October. October 28 through November 1st, they are two classes, embellishment first, then cause and effect. Email the address provided in my post and double check with Alison. I am on the road teaching and judging right now and won’t be home for ten days. Thanks!


  3. Lynne Sward on said:

    Hi Anna, I live in Virginia Beach, Va. across the water from where the Mancuso Quilting Festival is held. Will you be teaching the machine embellishments at that Venue in February 2016? If not will you be teaching anywere within a 200 mile radius from Norfolk, Virginia Beach? I would like to take that class for sure. thanks for all the beautiful visuals. I hope you receive this message……cheers,,,,,Lynne Sward


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