Monday, January 13, 2014

Applique 101

Applique can be intimidating if you have never tried it.  But once you try it, you are likely to be hooked!

Below you will find our Applique 101 Tutorial.

 Applique 101


If this is your first time stitching a machine applique, get ready for a new addiction! Appliques are oh-so-easy and tons of fun!  Stitch them on anything your heart desires – t-shirts, dish towels, bath towels, bibs, and more.

Here, we give you the basic recipe for whipping up an applique. It’s easy as pie!

Supply List:

  •  Stabilizer to suit your fabric type

  • Fabric for applique

  • Item to be appliqued, such as a t-shirt, dish towel, etc.

  • Applique scissors

  • Thread to coordinate with your fabric

  • Water soluble topping, optional

  • Temporary spray adhesive, optional

 General Applique Instructions:

 Hoop your stabilizer and the item you are embroidering. For an item like a towel, you can pin or tape the item down to the stabilizer.

The first set of stitches creates the “placement line”, which is an outline that shows you exactly where to place your applique fabric in the next step.app2


 Take your applique fabric and center it over the placement line. Tape the fabric in place along the edges to hold it steady during next step. As an alternative, you can use temporary spray adhesive on the back of the fabric before you place it over the placement lines.app4


The next set of stitches creates a “cutting line” which shows you where to trim off the excess fabric.app6

 At this point, you’ll want to remove the hoop from your machine. Trim around the cutting line, getting as close as you can to the outline without cutting through the stitches.app7


Replace the hoop on your machine. The next set of stitches creates a zigzag around the applique.app9


 The final set of stitches creates a satin outline, giving your applique a beautiful finishing touch!app13

The pretty applique shown in this tutorial is from our “Curlz Split Applique Set” CD, available at your local independent retailer!

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