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    Okay...how did you do it with fusible? Like I said I've never appliqued before so I just chose to start with freezer paper. I'll do the other way if it's easier.

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    I use "sewable" Heat and Bond. Very simple to use but make sure it's "sewable" or it will gum up your sewing machine needle when trying to applique it on.

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    I did the witch is in and used fusible. took me a few responses to realize you said freezer paper. so, are you hand or machine appliquing this? I vote for fusible, iron on all the pieces, then satin stitch around each piece doing those that are "under" first so subsequent satin stitching covers the ends. Clear as mud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyGruen
    Okay...how did you do it with fusible? Like I said I've never appliqued before so I just chose to start with freezer paper. I'll do the other way if it's easier.
    If you buy a package of fusible, the directions will be on the back of the package.

    My favorite fusible is Steam-a-Seam Light. Assuming you want to machine stitch around the applique edges, then make sure that the fusible you buy is a "stitchable" fusible. Some of the very heavy fusibles are not meant to be stitched through and will gum up your needle. All of the "lite" fusibles can be stitched through. It's only the heavy ones that you have to be careful about and read the package.

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    Okay....I'm gonna try this tonight. Thank you friends very much for your help. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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    Yes, Thanks, I've been watching too, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd
    My applique method is different from these. I have photocopied my patterns onto index paper(stiffer), I'm doing Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Andy.
    I lay the pattern face down on my fabric and cut a 1/4" allowance to turn under. I then turn that under with the iron with the pattern on the fabric. You may have to clip curves and points. I think sharp point like star points are the hardest. If you starch your fabric first it works even easier. When they are cool you can take the pattern out the turned under edged stays put, pretty much. I then pin them to the fabric and stitch them down. Make sure you have the pieces layered properly - feet under dress, bonnet over dress.... You can use the buttonhole stitch to applique them down, if you want but remember that is going to be seen so make sure they are even.
    You can find a book in the library with instruction too. While videos are good, I like being able to refer back to a pic when I need it. I have dial up and it just takes too long. I just finished appliqueing my SBS and now I need to sew the squares together.
    Previews (snippets) of Sharon's videos are available on-line, but they come in a DVD format you can pop into a player and watch on your TV. No vested interest, and I am mostly print-oriented myself, but sometimes it's helpful to see the process (and I don't consider myself a visual learner). There are book versions of these DVDs too. I suggested these resources because they address each of Cindy's questions about process and choices in a newbie-friendly format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frannella
    Quote Originally Posted by dd
    My applique method is different from these. I have photocopied my patterns onto index paper(stiffer), I'm doing Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Andy.
    I lay the pattern face down on my fabric and cut a 1/4" allowance to turn under. I then turn that under with the iron with the pattern on the fabric. You may have to clip curves and points. I think sharp point like star points are the hardest. If you starch your fabric first it works even easier. When they are cool you can take the pattern out the turned under edged stays put, pretty much. I then pin them to the fabric and stitch them down. Make sure you have the pieces layered properly - feet under dress, bonnet over dress.... You can use the buttonhole stitch to applique them down, if you want but remember that is going to be seen so make sure they are even.
    You can find a book in the library with instruction too. While videos are good, I like being able to refer back to a pic when I need it. I have dial up and it just takes too long. I just finished appliqueing my SBS and now I need to sew the squares together.
    Previews (snippets) of Sharon's videos are available on-line, but they come in a DVD format you can pop into a player and watch on your TV. No vested interest, and I am mostly print-oriented myself, but sometimes it's helpful to see the process (and I don't consider myself a visual learner). There are book versions of these DVDs too. I suggested these resources because they address each of Cindy's questions about process and choices in a newbie-friendly format.
    Oh, I know, I loved it when we actually had shows on TV about quilting and sewing but I don't get any show anymore. They were a great help. I've heard they are out there somewhere though.

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    Also, you will want your thread to match the color of the fabric.

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    My office mgr did the "Witch is in" for my daughter as I have called her Mrs. Witch since she was 3 yrs old, dressed as a witch and found out all you have to say is trick or treat & they give you candy!! I have an accounting office & her clients always get a kick out of seeing that hanging on her door! Very appropiate. She used the raw edge applique that I taught her. You start w/ fusible, after ironing your pieces on you go around them twice w/ black thread, the 3rd time is after you are sandwiched. By the way, she is still Mrs. Witch on the intercome and she's over 40 yo

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