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Applique 101

For those of you who are new to machine applique, here are some of the basics:

 There are 2 types of machine applique.  The type that I use on my site is "CUT IN PLACE".  This is a very simple way of doing applique. 

With every embroidery design you need a good stabalizer fabric, and applique is the same.  I use a nice firm tear-away stabalizer. 

Here are the basics instructions of applique:

1. Use a temperary spary adhesive to adhere your fabric to your stabalizer.  I always spray on the stabalizer instead of the fabric.

2. Put your fabric with stabalizer in your hoop with as little wrinkles as possible, making sure your fabric is taut but not too tight, as to pull when you sew.

3. The first stitch you sew (which is silver gray in my designs) is the tack stitch.  Run this stitch then adhere fabric to the stitched area.

4. The next stitch (which is darker grey in my designs) is the cut-away stitch.  After running this stitch, remove your hoop from the machine. DO NOT REMOVE DESIGN FROM HOOP. 

5. Cut away fabric outside of sewing as closely as you can, being careful not to cut the stitches.

6.  Return hoop to machine and continue with this process until all of your fabric is tacked down and excess material is cut away.

7.  Your machine will now stitch the rest of the design with a satin stitch and other stitches.



Here are a few tricks I have picked up:

1.  I always use a temperary fabric spray like 505.  This one specifically is odorless, colorless,stainless,spotless, and most importantly, DOES NOT GUM UP YOUR MACHINE OR NEEDLES, and has no CFC. ( I am not affiliated with this spray company in any way)

2.  I recommend using "CURVED EMBROIDERY SCISSORS" to cut out your fabric around your cut lines.  These are abou $13 and can  be purchased at your local fabric or sewing machine store.  These are great for getting into small areas to cut.

3.  Fill multiple bobbins before you start a design.  This will take away the hassle of having to stop to fill a bobbin.  Also, you can purchase bobbin winder machines at your local fabric store.  These are great.  It is just a little plug in machine that fills your bobbins, instead of using your sewing machine.  With some machines you have to unthread them to fill a bobbin, so this is a great alternative.

4.  If you are using stretchy fabrics , don't pull them too tight or your design will be distorted when you remove it from the hoop.

5.  When using fleece, terry cloth or other fabrics with a high pile, use a tear-away stabalizer on back of design and use a wash away stabalizer on top of design.  This prevents the pile from showing through your stitches, and conveniently washes away.

6.  If you notice holes in your fabric as you stitch, try changing your needle.  When a needle is not sharp it will leave needle marks or holes in your fabric.