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Thread: applique with fusible web - and fabric paint?

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    So I'm starting my Dad's Jimmy Buffett inspired quillow and I'm thinking of doing applique on it.

    I just read something on another web site about using a satin stitch or fabric paint to enclose the edges.

    Has anyone done this? If so how? Could I just use some fabric fusion glue to keep the frays away?

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    Some of the glues can make the edges hard feeling. I would try it on some scraps and see how it feels when it dries.
    I blanket stitch the edges, and they seem to hold up well.

    I tried the paint, and it was really hard for me to get it to flow evenly, and to avoid the air bubbles. I would buy a bottle and try it out on scraps too.

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    I used to do that years and years ago (enclose with fabric paint). The paint comes in little plastic bottles with a sharp applicator tip. I forget the name of it but you can find them in the craft stores. If you don't enclose the edges with something (satin stitching, blanket stitching, paint...) over time the appliqued piece will fray and/or peel off after repeated washing.

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    Hmm well, my blanket stitching leaves a lot to be desired and the applique has different colors - so here I go again with that blasted invisible thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaT
    Hmm well, my blanket stitching leaves a lot to be desired and the applique has different colors - so here I go again with that blasted invisible thread.
    I use the embroidery thread that comes in packs with a variety of colors when I do the blanket stitch. Blanket stitch improves over time--at least it did for me :D I hate the invisible thread too--half the time I can't see it and the other half it tangles on me :oops:

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    What about using a varigated thread? They have some great color combinations out there. I use a satin stitch or a small zig zag and it looks really nice. I don't do either real close though as it tends to leave like a bump.

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    Not that you can't do this but unless you have lots of practice using the paints the project will look homemade not handmade. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Not that you can't do this but unless you have lots of practice using the paints the project will look homemade not handmade. :wink:
    Agree.

    The fabric paint doesn't look like a good finishing for me. Practice your blanket or satin stitch and stick to one color. You can use it as an edge and doesn't have to be the same color as the applique. Invisible thread is not a good idea if the quilt will be washed and dried often.

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    I agree with everyone's suggestions!!!!

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    I use the blanket stitch with a steam-a-seamed piece. Paint is more for kids I think (look-wise). Not sure how they hold up and they are hard to maintain a smooth edge. I used puff paint on a sweatshirt many moons ago. Realized after the fact that my chest is already puffy enough.

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