A French Machine Sewing Primer & Pattern

I’m excited to announce that I have a new sewing primer available in my Etsy shop.  I have been busy working on a FMS (French Machine Sewing) primer geared towards those that want to learn how to do FMS but have very little or no experience and are intimidated at the idea.  The primer offers detailed instructions with pictures that I hope will allow the novice to muster up the courage and work with these beautiful laces!  I have finished up the primer and included not only instructions but I have also have included a sweet bonnet pattern to work on as a first project.

While working on the primer, I pulled out my beautiful vintage laces and thought that this was the perfect project to use them on.  I managed to find a box full of smaller pieces of vintage laces last year at an estate sale.  Some of the lace pieces are absolutely exquisite and made of the finest threads I’ve seen.  I cleaned the laces and have been saving them for something like this.  I hope that you can see the detail on the first and the 6th (from the front, just after the ruffle).  In person, these are breathtaking!!!  This will make a gorgeous baby bonnet for a very special baby!!!  I stitched these delicate and fragile laces to some silk organza for stability.  Because of the delicate nature of the lace and the age of them, I had to hand gather the ruffle for the front.  I believe that the ruffle is a coordinating lace for the 5th lace – they both have identical ovals stitched and the netting thread is identical.

Can you tell that I am excited to finally have a project to use these pretty laces on!!!

It is my hope that those who may have been afraid to try out FMS techniques will have the confidence to not only make a sweet bonnet, but move forward and create other beautiful heirloom garments as well.

If you’ve been on the fence about heirloom sewing, this may be the push that you need to start something beautiful!  The pattern can be found in my Etsy shop.


Happy stitching!!!


11 thoughts on “A French Machine Sewing Primer & Pattern

  1. Gail Millette

    I love your designs, and look forward to seeing your sewing primer. I have enjoyed heirloom sewing for many years, and hope that others can learn this lovely art form. I am interested in purchasing some of the bonnet stands; could you tell me where they are available? Thanks

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you. A dear friend of mine made and painted the bonnet stands for me. She doesn’t sell to the public though.

  2. Evelyn Holtzapfel

    Purchased the pattern today. Plan to try it soon. Does the bonnet pattern come with it or is to be purchased separately?

        1. Kathy Post author

          If you have downloaded the instructions, the instructions for making the bonnet are on pages 12 & 13, with the ribbon embellishments following and with further ideas on page 16. This is a primer for learning French Machine sewing techniques, but the instructions for the bonnet construction are included. Hope that helps.

  3. Kathy Post author

    I’m sorry Evelyn, my mistake. I had to look at what you purchased and see that you purchased the dress pattern. There is no bonnet pattern with the dress. The bonnet pattern is included with the French Machine Sewing Primer.

  4. Genine

    What a lovely comprehensive tutorial for anyone starting heirloom sewing, and for those of us who haven’t sewn any heirloom garments for a little while. Thank you Kathy.


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