Explore creative ways to use regular ZigZag stitch in your textile art and quilting, while building rock-solid foundations that will be yours forever. Discover basic and unusual ZigZag techniques, and create two stunning project pieces, without ever having to go 'free motion'!
Start your ZigZag Journey with me...
Have you ever been frustrated when searching online for a solution to a problem, only to discover just half the information?
I've put together all the basic tips and techniques that other people forget to tell you!
Since I was a small girl I have been sewing and creating crafts. My mother's Elna sewing machine - sitting resplendent in our laundry - was my special place, where I created and cut and stitched happily for hours on end. Learning to sew clothing, I discovered the joys of ZigZag stitch for finishing edges and neatening seams - so quick and easy and fun! My aunt - a professional dressmaker - was horrified, and made me turn every raw edge on every seam and stitch it with a straight stitch. But (suitably chastened, but still a little rebellious) I went back to ZigZag when my aunt wasn't looking!
Ever since I began creating textile art, quilts and thread paintings, ZigZag has featured in my work, whether it be a satin stitch edging, decorative ZigZag, or using it to join fabrics, or secure appliqué in position.
What you'll learn...
This video-based course focuses on guiding you through the all basics of using regular ZigZag stitch, with the feed dogs 'up' - all those little things I learned on my own journey, that will help you create wonderful, professional work.
Over 4 Modules you will discover:
Everything you need to set your sewing machine up correctly for regular ZigZag stitch -
- Which presser foot to use
- All about stitch width and length
- Tension - how to avoid problems before they occur
- Machine needles and threads
- Stabilising your work
- How to start and stop a row of stitching
Tips to make your work look professional -
- The correct way to stitch corners, curves and points
- Explore creative and unusual ways to use ZigZag stitch in your work - Yes! It IS possible to 'draw' with ZigZag stitch without going 'free motion'!
- Make a stitch sampler to master the techniques
Create two stunning projects -
- Perfect your technique for using satin stitch with appliqué
- Create your own unique mini-landscape design, stitched with ZigZag stitch
Who is this Course for?
This Course is perfect for you if...
You want a 'Basics' course that will guide you through everything you need to know to get started with creative ZigZag stitch.
You want to really understand about stabilisers and tension, and stitching corners, curves and creative patterns with regular ZigZag stitch.
No prior experience with ZigZag stitch is required! The Course is suitable for total beginners.
What this course is NOT...
- Not designed for stitchers who are experienced in using ZigZag stitch for quilting, textile art or dressmaking.
- Not a course in Free Motion ZigZag stitch (this is covered exclusively in ZigZag Zazzle! Part 2 - Creative Techniques for Thread Painting with Free Motion ZigZag)
- Not a dressmaking course
What you get...
Discover, and master, all the basic elements of regular creative ZigZag stitching
17 lessons in easy-to-follow video format
2 Projects - with downloadable designs to follow
Downloadable PDF notes and designs that are yours to keep
Online access to me, should you have a question or need assistance
Lifetime access - watch and review as often as you like
What you need...
A domestic sewing machine and thread
Basic sewing supplies, fabric scraps and small pieces, and other items such as batting, fusible web, tearaway stabiliser and firm stabiliser
Full details are provided in the Course
My Goal is to set you on the correct path with ZigZag stitch so that you can avoid all those nagging, irritating problems that sometimes occur, simply because no-one has taken the time to guide you through your first steps!
At the end of this course you will have the necessary skills to take ZigZag stitch from 'Dressmaking utility' to 'Art'.
By guiding you through the basics and two simple projects, you have all you need to go on to great things!
What students say about Deborah's online courses...
'What a wonderful course, I'm so pleased that I subscribed. Thank you for sharing your expertise and making the lessons so accessible and easy to follow.' Ann. (Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)
'I've just been through the course, so I know what to expect, and find it clear and easy to follow. The Lifetime access is so useful, as like many others, I have to fit the course around other things, and had it been access for a set time, I'd have found it difficult to complete. As it is, I'll be able to relax and make the most of the time I have to create and stitch. Looking forward to beginning. Thanks, Deborah.' Alison (Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)
'Hi Deborah, I've really enjoyed watching this series of videos and can't wait to get started. Also looking forward to future courses - please add me to your e-mail notifications of these new courses. Thanks, Mary.' (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)
'This is one of the best on-line courses I've ever taken. The tone is just right, and everything seems to be covered, in an orderly and understandable manner. The downloads are excellent, and the lessons very straight-forward. Having listened and read through the whole course, I'm now ready to begin sewing, and am looking forward to also incorporating other fabric techniques I'm familiar with, such as dyeing and printing, into future work. Thank you, Deborah, for all the effort put in to making this course so very good.' Alison.(Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)
'Hello Deborah, I'm new to free motion quilting and so pleased I enrolled on your course. I have watched the whole course, and enjoyed every minute of it, with your very clear and pleasant teaching method before I venture into drawing and sewing my first picture. Kind Regards Val from the UK.' (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)
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Deborah Wirsu is an Australian Textile Artist who has created hundreds of pieces of thread sketched and machine embroidered art, patterns and quilts, plus dozens of demonstration videos, tutorials and courses on these subjects.
She has also published several books on various topics, which are available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle ebook formats :
Creative Thread Sketching: a Beginner's Guide
Appliqué Art Quilts Inspired by Stained Glass: a contemporary variation on stained glass quilt technique – without bias tape.
Art Quilt Finishing Essentials: How to Bind, Display, Label, Store, and Care for your Art Quilts.
With a love of freestyle stitching, she builds texture and detail on collaged, dyed and painted surfaces, creating art quilts, thread sketches and textile pieces.
She has given workshops, presentations and talks, exhibited and sold works online and in various countries, and been featured in Australian Quilters Companion magazine a number of times.
Deborah runs a successful online Arts Education business from her website www.ThreadSketchingInAction.com [formerly www.DeborahWirsu.com]
In her 'spare time', Deborah is also a professional Musician - performing in orchestras and chamber music, and teaching viola and violin. Just in case this isn't enough, Deborah is also a published author and editor, and teaches English to ESL (English Second Language) students.
Deborah is involved in a number of community organisations in the Arts and Music fields, and loves to play opera!