Association of Machine Embroidery

California Association of Machine Embroidery

Founding of California Association of Machine Embroidery

We refer to our group as C.A.M.E.

In February 1983, Gloria Waterman-Roland, Peggy Singlehurst, Tecla Miceli, Janet Stocker, Pat Michael's, and Sharon Hurley/Montross met at a restaurant called Ziggy's. We wanted to form an organization for non-professionals. At that time, classes were few and expensive for the average person. Our members today include many professionals and non-professionals alike.

We had our first seminar at the Los Angeles Biltmore in 1982. There were sixty participants at the one-day seminar. Our instructors and speakers were Barbara Lee Pascone, Janet Stocker and Tecla (Schulz) Miceli. Sharon Hurley/Montross was in charge of a fashion show that lasted 1 ½ hours with wonderful ideas.

When the automatic embroidery machines came on the scene, our seminars offered various machine manufacture's representatives who taught various classes on automatic embroidery and the use of software to create such embroideries. We also have had professional teachers, that included many of our members, teach classes in automatic embroidery, various techniques in free-motion embroidery and quilting techniques for the adventurous quilter.

Not only has C.A.M.E. have seminars once a year, C.A.M.E. also has various area groups that meet in various parts of California. Members exchange ideas, tips and techniques. C.A.M.E. sends out it's newsletter four times a year and in the fall, the seminar brochure is sent out describing the various classes being offered.

The Purpose of C.A.M.E.

The purpose of C.A.M.E. is to share with one another methods, techniques and other ideas relative to Machine Embroidery and to encourage high standards among those persons engaged in machine artistry as a hobby or profession.

Free Motion Embroidery

Free motion machine embroidery involves producing a stitch by simultaneously running the machine and moving the work around. Imagine the work surface to be a piece of paper and the machine needle to be a pencil. Instead of moving the pencil to draw, move the ‘paper’ allowing the needle to draw on the fabric surface.

The length of the stitch is determined by how quickly, or slowly, the work is moved, combined with how fast the machine is run. Running the machine quickly and moving the work slowly results in small stitches. Running the machine slowly and moving the work quickly results in longer stitches. The direction in which the stitches run can also give texture to a piece of work.


  • To Sharon Hurley-Metcalf and Diane Nelson for gathering information, photography and getting it all together.
  • To Linda Kramer for all the information she had given us.
  • To Rhoda Oakes for her design of the C.A.M.E. logo
  • To Sharon Hurley-Metcalf for her Bird of Paradise, project from Sylvia Polk.
  • To Mike Pickett from Group Professionals who put up with us in the process of setting up our new webpage.

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