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    Senior Member DottyD's Avatar
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    Hi everyone,
    I would like to applique some small melons onto a background fabric. Whether to use freezer paper under, and needle turn or glue the edges down, I just cannot get sharp points. Does any one have a good tip please. With grateful thanks for any help !!

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    Super Member donnajean's Avatar
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    I use Steam n Seam2 fusible.

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    Sharp points can be a challenge. I do mostly fused applique with Wonder Under because I like the exact shapes you get. I have used the method where you sew the shape outline to a thin piece of fabric or interfacing and turn right side out through a cut opening. This works for me if I just want a shape to hand stitch down. I use a used dryer fabric softener sheet for the light weight back. I sew around the shape, clip any curves of inside/outside corners and cut a slit in the dryer sheet and carefully turn right side out. Try it on a simple heart shape and see if it will work for you.

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    I use the dryer sheet method and I clip off the bulk at the corners, clip wherever it may be rounded and it always works very well. Donnajean and Tartan both have great solutions as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I use Steam n Seam2 fusible.
    Ditto...when I applique that is!

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    Sometimes to get a sharp point, it is necessary to make an extra side stitch( one small) rather than pivoting at the end of your point. Mostly I use fusible and then hold down to background with a dot of glue, machine applique on.

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    if you do not want to do fusable, machine applique- but you want to do hand applique - visit the
    piece of cake quilt shop
    learn to applique the piece of cake way-
    they offer great video's tutorials, workshops, dvd's...and a full quilt shop. there are tricks to points and of course- practice.

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    Senior Member DottyD's Avatar
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    Thanks to everyone who has replied to my question. I eventually decided on Freezer paper on top and needle turn. It has worked quite well. Whilst it is not perfect it is fine. Thanks again.

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