My first lesson was: guide! don't pull!
Guide! Don't pull! Apparently if if you pull, the stitches are too far apart. If you don't guide, it just sews the same spot over and over again. So guide! Don't pull!
Next comes the application of the iron-on, decorative patch.
Iron on the patch. Then sew around the edges because iron-on patches do not actually iron on.
After some fingertip pain, I learned the thimbles are not just for looks. . .
Finished product! And no finger injuries! Let the domesticity begin . . .