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Introducing The
Bunney & Thread Embroidery Club!

Come and join the community to learn, share and enjoy 
all things Brother machine embroidery!

What's included?

Learn

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Live Masterclasses

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How To Hub

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Live Q&A Sessions

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Member Guided Content

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Guest Speakers

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Masterclass Library

Make

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Sew Along Projects

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Inspiration

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Save Our Sewjo

Community

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Private Facebook Group

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Support

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Private WhatsApp Group

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Stitch & Sip Socials

A little bit about me

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I'm Rachel and I love all things sewing, textiles, crafts - but my main passion is machine embroidery and helping people to love machine embroidery too!

I first used an embroidery machine when I was working at Fabulous Fabric & Alison Victoria School Of Sewing in Ashby de la Zouch, a truly fabulous fabric shop and one of the best sewing schools in the country, owned by Alison Smith MBE. I learned the basics of machine embroidery and software, and began to take on small embroidery commissions for the shop.

 

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I then joined the team at Brother Sewing Machines UK as an Account Manager and Product Specialist. I enjoyed 10 years learning more and more about machine embroidery, meeting wonderfully creative customers and helping them with their machines as much as I could.

 

I became a mum in March 2020 and so my days spent driving around the country and staying in hotels needed to come to an end. But I still wanted to use the knowledge I'd gained over the years to be able to help clients with their machine embroidery and inspire people to have a little more creativity in their lives!

So, Bunney & Thread was born!

I absolutely love what I do and I'm very excited about bringing you along the journey with me, as a Bunney & Thread Embroidery Club Member!

The details

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Live Masterclasses

Machine embroidery masterclasses led by yours truly! Learn something new or perfect existing skills with other Club members, in the comfort of your own home, on your own machine. Can't make the Masterclasses live? No problem. They'll all be recorded so you can access them any time within the Members Area.

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Live Q&A Sessions

Have a machine embroidery issue or a question you've never been able to find the answer to while trawling the internet? Jump on a Q&A Session with us and pick my brains. No question is too silly. No issue is too basic. Everyone started somewhere and we're all here to enjoy machine embroidery.

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Guest Speakers

I don't profess to know it all when it comes to machine embroidery (or any subject for that matter!) so I'll be diving into my little black book of industry contacts to bring you some fabulous Guest Speakers who are specialists in their field. Giving you the chance to ask them questions and to pick their brains too!

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Sew Along Projects

These are just going to be a little bit of fun, and a way we can all create something together. There is absolutely no pressure to join in or finish anything if you don't have time, or simply don't want to. We'll be sewing along in our own time, grouping together for a Zoom chat about how it's going (or not going!) along the way!

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Stitch & Sip Socials

A new addition for 2024, our Stitch & Sip Socials are an evening Zoom session where we can catch up and chat with our fellow members, and like-minded embroiders. We can share our latest creations, get help with something we're stuck on or just have a lovely chat! These aren't recorded so we can just relax and enjoy a tipple of our choice - anything goes.

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Save Our Sewjo

Another new addition for 2024 - Save Our Sewjo is a gentle challenge where we share what we'd like to make or achieve within the next three months and we keep each other accountable and share how we're doing. It doesn't have to be huge, or incredibly challenging - it could be starting a large project you've been putting off, or finishing something you started ages ago, or simply getting your sewing space more organised.

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Masterclass Library

Every Masterclass will be recorded and stored in the Members Area so that you can access them at your leisure. If you can't make a class live, catch up on it another time. Maybe you just want to watch a class again because you enjoyed it so much! Whatever the reason, they are all there waiting for you.

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How To Hub

Here you'll find a collection of mini videos where you can find the answers quickly and easily. From how to clean your machine and troubleshooting common problems, to embroidery tips and techniques - have a search in the How To Hub to find your answer. Can't find what you're looking for? Let me know and I'll create something for you.

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Support

The whole idea behind The Bunney & Thread Embroidery Club is to give support and to create a friendly and welcoming community of like minded people. As a member, you have access to a whole host of support. Not only can you pick my brains on a regular basis, but you have the support of the whole group behind you too. 

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Private WhatsApp Group

This is a perfect example of how The Embroidery Club has grown and adapted. I asked for feedback from Members and one suggestion was to start a private WhatsApp group, which we did in January 2024. It has been a huge success, bringing Club Members closer together and is a space where you can easily and quickly ask me questions, send pictures, share ideas etc. It's optional to join, I know it won't be for everyone but give it a try!

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Private Facebook Group

As a Bunney & Thread Embroidery Club Member, you'll have access to the private Facebook Group where a lot of the discussions will be held. Use it as much as you like to post questions, ask for recommendations, and share your embroidery makes with us all too! Feel free to also share your embroidery fails too - we've all been there!!

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Inspiration

One thing that has definitely evolved as the Club has grown is the amount of inspiration shared and gained by everyone. It could be finding a new design that you just have to share with everyone, or achieving something - no matter how big or small it may seem to you - it's all inspiring and we all love to be inspired by each other!

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Member Guided Content

I want this Club to be yours as much as it is mine. I want to be led by you to make sure I'm creating the content you want to see. So I'll regularly be asking for feedback, suggestions and ideas for new Masterclasses and How To Hub content so I can be sure you're getting the most from the Club.

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  • I'm interested in one to one tuition, what areas of the UK do you cover?
    Thank you for your interest! I'm based in Beckenham, Kent and I travel all over London and the South East for one to one, face to face tuition. If you are further afield, please still enquire as I can help you via video call. Local areas I cover are (but not limited to) - Beckenham, Crystal Palace, Penge, Bromley, Croydon, Lewisham, Greenwich. Bit further? London, Greater London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Essex.
  • What embroidery machines do you provide training on?
    As a Brother specialist for over 10 years, I have expert knowledge of the full range of current Brother sewing and embroidery machines, as well as older models too. If you have a Brother, I'll definitely be able to help you. I am also Sewing Tutor and Consultant for Bernina UK so I also have indepth knowledge of the current range of Bernina sewing machines, overlockers and embroidery units. If you have another brand of machine, still get in touch as I have knowledge and access to other brands too. Brother models I provide training on include (but are not limited to)... PR1055X 10 Needle embroidery machine PR680W 6 Needle embroidery machine PR1 single needle embroidery machine VR embroidery machine Innov-is Luminaire-XP1 Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machine Innov-is Luminaire-XP3 Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery Machine Innov-is Stellaire XJ1 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is Stellaire XE1 embroidery machine Innov-is Stellaire XJ2 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is Stellaire XE2 embroidery machine Innov-is V7 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is V5LE sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is V3LE embroidery machine Innov-is V3 embroidery machine Innov-is NV2750D Disney sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is NV2700 home sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is NV2600 sewing and embroidery machine Innov-is NV880E home embroidery machine Innov-is F580 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is F480 sewing and embroidery machine Innov-is F540E embroidery machine Innov-is F440E embroidery machine Innov-is M380D Disney sewing, quilting and embroidery machine Innov-is M280D sewing and embroidery machine Innov-is M340ED Disney embroidery machine Innov-is M240ED embroidery machine Bernina models I provide training on include (but are not limited to)... Bernina 7 Series: 790 Pro 790 Plus 770QE Plus 770QE 735 700 Embroidery Only Bernina 5 Series: 590 570QE Kaffe Edition 570QE 540 500 Embroidery Only
  • What embroidery machine software do you cover?
    At the moment I only cover Brother Embroidery Software but I plan to open this up to more brands in the future so I can help more people. Currently I cover the following... PE Design 11 PE Design 10 PE Design Next PE Design Plus 2 PE Design Plus
  • What sewing machines do you provide training on?
    Sewing machine are usually more similar as you go from brand to brand, so although I specialise in Brother and Bernina, and know them both like the back of my hand, it's highly likely I will be able to help you with another brand too. I've helped people with Janome, Husqvarna, Pfaff, Juki, Singer and Toyota machines in the past so please reach out and we can have a chat about your machine and how I can help. Brother machines I can help with include (but are not limited to)... Innov-is VQ2 sewing and quilting machine Innov-is VQ4 sewing and quilting machine Innov-is 1800Q Innov-is 1300 Innov-is 1100 Innov-is F420 Innov-is A150 Innov-is A80 Innov-is A60SE Innov-is A50 Innov-is A16 Innov-is 15 XR37NT XR27NT LX25 LX17 L14S Bernina models I provide training on include (but are not limited to)... Bernina 7 Series: 790 Pro 790 Plus 770QE Plus 770QE 735 Bernina 5 Series: 590 570QE Kaffe Edition 570QE 540 Bernina 4 Series: 480 475QE 435 435 Black Edition
  • I have an overlocker, which models do you cover?
    As with sewing machines, overlockers tend to be fairly similar across brands, and although I specialise in Brother and Bernina overlockers, I also have experience of other brands too. So still reach out even if you don't have a Brother or Bernina overlocker. The first overlocker I ever used was my Mum's Frister & Rossmann, and then I moved onto a Janome overlocker even before I started working for Brother. Since then I've used many different brands, and also received training on babylock models which have fabulous air threading overlockers in their range! Brother overlockers I can provide tuition on include (but are not limited to)... 4234D 3034D 3034DWT 2104D M343D 1034D Bernina Overlockers I can provide tuition on include (but are not limited to)... L890 Airthreading Overlocker & Coverstitch Combined L860 Airthreading Overlocker L850 Airthreading Overlocker L460 L450
  • How does the online tuition work?
    All tuition with me is tailored to you and your needs, so we can work out a plan together and go from there. Ideally, you'll have a computer with access to the internet and Zoom, however I can also provide tuition via Whatsapp video call on a phone or tablet.
  • What is the minimum time I can book for tution?
    If I'm travelling to you for one to one, face to face tuition there is a 3 - 5 hour minimum depending on the distance I'll be travelling. For online tuition the minimum is an hour.
  • How do I book?
    At the moment the best way to book in with me is to reach out via the contact form, email or direct message on Instagram or Facebook. We'll then talk through where you're at on your sewing or embroidery journey, what machine and/or software you have, any specific issues you've been having or particular techniques you'd like to learn during the training. Then we'll find a date and time that works for you. I can be pretty flexible so week days, weekends and evenings are all possible. Contact Form Email Instagram Facebook
  • How do I pay?
    There are many ways you can make payment for tuition: Bank Transfer Payment Link Card Payment via SumUp Cash (face to face tuition only)
  • Do I need to have a special machine to be able to join?
    You will need to have an embroidery machine that has an embroidery unit. Most sewing machines will have decorative stitches but we'll be working on embroidery machines which have an embroidery arm that you can attach an embroidery hoop to it. If you're not sure, reach out to me using the contact details below.
  • I have an embroidery machine but it's not a Brother, does that matter?
    While most of the content covered in the Club will be generic and applicable to all embroidery machine makes and models, there will definitely be a lot of Brother specific content and chat. You're more than welcome to join if you have another make of machine but please do be aware that I am a Brother specialist so that is where my expertise is strongest.
  • I'm a complete beginner to machine embroidery, will the Club be good for me?
    Yes definitely! There will be a huge range of Masterclasses available to watch to suit the complete beginner and through each step of your machine embroidery journey. What's more, you'll have a whole group of lovely, like minded machine embroiderers (and me!) with whom you'll be able to chat all things embroidery.
  • I've had an embroidery machine for a while and use it a lot, will the Club be good for me?
    Sounds like you already love machine embroidery which is great! If you're looking to meet like minded people who share your passion for machine embroidery then it will be perfect for you too! Also, we can all learn something new (me included!) so come on in!
  • Can I cancel my membership anytime?
    Yes of course! You're not tied into a contract as the Club is a rolling monthly membership. You can cancel your subscription any time in the members area.
  • What time will the Masterclasses and Q&A sessions be held?
    First Monday of the month at 1pm - Live Q&A session Third Monday of the month at 1pm - Live Masterclass Last Friday of the month at 7pm - Live Stitch & Sip There will be times when these days and times will need to shift around depending on things like holidays and whatever life throws at us, but most of the time they'll be set so you know what to expect and when. I'll let you know about any changes as soon as I can. Remember, all Masterclasses will be recorded so you'll be able to catch up or rewatch them anytime.
  • I'm in! Where do I sign up?
    Great!! Click the button below and come join us! Looking forward to having you onboard!
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