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Thread: applique?

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    Super Member brookemarie19's Avatar
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    Do you have to stitch around your applique if you use an iron on adhesive like heatbond lite? I just can't get the stitching down... lookgs great until I do that then it looks pooey.

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    If I'm going to make a wall hanging I usually don't bother, but it is going to be washed than I do.

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    Are you using a stabilizer under it? If you use something to stabilize the fabric the puckering will go away. When stitching around go slowly and use a stitch you are comfortable with.

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    Google machine applique tutorials and see if any thing pops up that could help. Also do a search on this site for the same.

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    My stitches started looking better after I followed a suggestion from this board to starch the background block into cardboard. It made the stitches much smoother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    My stitches started looking better after I followed a suggestion from this board to starch the background block into cardboard. It made the stitches much smoother.
    I too am working on applique right now and that's what I'm doing - heavy starch on the background block and I use Elmer's School glue to attach the applique piece while I'm sewing. The glue also make everything stiff, and washes out! It's working out GREAT!!

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    At the beginning you may want to match the thread to the applique so it hides that stitching. You will like it a lot better as you improve.

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    Thanks so much for all your imputs... I guess I will just have to keep trying I googled it and saw some pics and think I'm doing a little better... was using the wrong stitch. Thanks again!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    If I'm going to make a wall hanging I usually don't bother, but it is going to be washed than I do.
    I agree, if you need to wash it, then stich it.

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