I love this red sweater. Yet, I've had it for a looooong time and wanted to do something new with it. So I added a posy! I got the idea for free-style machine embroidery this from the book, Bend the Rules with Fabric (at my library!). I wanted the flower to look whimsical, like a doodle, imperfect like real life.
I didn't have the book instructions in front of me, so I winged it (a risky proposition with me and sewing, so I'm pleased it worked!). I recalled that I needed to reinforce the fabric, so I added a bit of light interfacing on the back side. I drew, with disappearing fabric ink, the general sketch of the flower. Then I stitched it, round the stem and each petal twice for the doodle look. I believe Amy Karol calls for using a free-motion technique, but I don't have that sewing equipment. So, I just went really slowly. Two stitches, stop with the needle down, lift presser foot and pivot, and so on.
I think it makes the grade. The real joy for me is having something fresh without being a consumer!