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Thread: Applique - How much do I fix, and how?

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    Applique - How much do I fix, and how?

    Hi all! I recently completed my first needle-turn applique on a wall quilt and loved it! BUT, when I machine quilted it I learned a whole lot about what NOT to do with needle-turn applique. There are spots where the edge of the presser foot got under the edge of the applique and pulled it loose; some spots you have to be right up on them to see it, but in others it does look frayed. Nothing is in danger of falling off.

    How much of it should I fix?
    HOW can I fix the applique now that the whole thing is quilted? Can the answer involve glue?

    Boy, was this ever a learning experience! I'll try to get up there and take some pics, but honestly I'm afraid if I get too close to it right now I might spontaneously combust.

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    If you used needle turned method, you can carefully re-sew it back down by hand. You thread your needle with matching thread and put a knot on the end. Put your needle in about 1/4 inch away from the appliqué (come up where your first stitch will be) on the top layer only and pop the knot through the top layer and into the sandwich. Carefully restitch the appliqué down by going through only the top layer and when you are finished, pop a knot into the sandwich in the same way as you started.
    You could use glue or a little piece of fusible but I don't know how you would get the frayed edge turned back under that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If you used needle turned method, you can carefully re-sew it back down by hand. You thread your needle with matching thread and put a knot on the end. Put your needle in about 1/4 inch away from the appliqué (come up where your first stitch will be) on the top layer only and pop the knot through the top layer and into the sandwich. Carefully restitch the appliqué down by going through only the top layer and when you are finished, pop a knot into the sandwich in the same way as you started.
    You could use glue or a little piece of fusible but I don't know how you would get the frayed edge turned back under that way.

    Thanks! I'll take some deep breaths and do something else for a while, then come back and do as you suggest.

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