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    I'm with the no-hoop crowd. I do hand applique like a fiend and have never used a hoop. When I do embroidery or cross-stitch by hand, I always hoop. I think I would find it awkward to keep having to move a hoop plus awkward to use in applique work. JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl View Post
    No hoop here, either. Just a dot of glue, a toothpick to tuck in the wild threads, YLI silk threads and needle turn. That's my way.
    Ditto for me. I have discovered starching the background fabric helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I never use a hoop for any type of applique, and I have done, freezer paper method, needle turn, and fusible with hand buttonhole stitch, I also do alot of hand embroidery and have never used a hoop.
    Same with me. I am now working on a redwork block. The instructions say to use a hoop. I tried the hoop for a few stitches; but was most comfortable not using it. I think my embroidery looks great without a hoop and, for me, it is so much easier. When I use a satin stitch or a buttonhole stitch on my machine, I do use a stabilizer.

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    Nope! Never used one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I've done a whole lot of fusible machine applique and I've never used a hoop. I don't use stabilizers either but I don't do satin stitch.
    me too. i usually use the blanket stitch
    Nancy in western NY

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    I am just starting to do needle turned applique. I do not use a hoop.

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    I love applique and do it all by hand and never used a hoop with applique. I don't think it would allow you to hold the fabric correctly to be able to applique. I don't like the flat look of machine applique, its not for me. I have tried all applique methods but what works best for me is to trace around your applique piece. There are a few good white mechanical pencils available which are great for tracing, they make a good thin line to work with. I baste the applique piece to the background fabric. By doing this, you do not have to work around pins or freezer paper curling off. I also always applique using a flat toothpick. I keep in my mouth and use it to turn the fabric under. By it being wet, it makes it easier to grab the fabric and turn it under. I find it much easier than using a needle. Good luck!
    Last edited by Donnamarie; 01-25-2013 at 06:28 AM.

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    Hi Gayle,

    I have taught hand quilting and I love doing applique. Just remember that books are helps for us. We all have to find a way to do it on our own. I will tell you about my experience. I found out that I hate using hoops to do applique. I use old cereal boxes or cracker boxes. I cut my pieces to be appliqued out of those boxes, then I put that on my fabric and cut a smidgen more than 1/4 inch away from the outside edge .You need a little extra fabric to turn around the cereal box. Then I use non-aerosol spray starch and spray the seam allowance and then I iron the seam of fabric around the cereal box. Then I take the cereal box out and I pin my applique piece in place on my quilt. The piece is all turned under and it has some starch in it so it is a little stiff. Also, it has some height because of the thickness of the cereal box. I simply put a pin in the center of my applique piece and then I applique the piece down. If I were you, I would make some pieces to practice with before you actually start your project. Happy appliqueing!

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    I used a hoop for any hand applique, but with my machine I have found the easiest thing to do is fuse the fabric together (Steam a Seam Lite has worked well, and Heat Bond) and then use a satin stitch all the way around the edges. I would use a fancier stitch, but I have the most basic of machines. When I do any hand work, the blanket stitch works really well!

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    I used a hoop for any hand applique, but with my machine I have found the easiest thing to do is fuse the fabric together (Steam a Seam Lite has worked well, and Heat Bond) and then use a satin stitch all the way around the edges. I would use a fancier stitch, but I have the most basic of machines. When I do any hand work, the blanket stitch works really well!

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