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    Super Member Rose_P's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
    Dallas area, Texas, USA
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    There are multiple ways of doing stems. My favorite method is to use a Clover bias tape maker. I heavily starch the fabric before cutting and then cut stems on the bias. I run a pointed end through the Clover tool to get it started, place my iron on top of the fabric coming out, and iron the folds as they come out of the tool. Fast, easy, and works great for me. When getting ready to sew on (I use invisible machine applique methods), I pin all the inner curves first to keep them flat; the bias stretches to fill out the outer curves. I would typically applique the leaves in place first, then do both sides of the stem (covering the leaf ends), and then applique the flower last to cover the raw end of the stem.
    Prism99, what width of fabric do you start with, and which size of bias tape maker do you use, please?

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    Feb 2011
    central indiana
    Gwen Marston taught us to take a bias strip 3 times wider than stem. Fold in thirds and with the raw edges underneath sew where you want it by sewing a basting stitch in the middle of the strip. Then finish the edges anyway you want and the basting thread is easy to take out.

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    Junior Member bnndr's Avatar
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    Sep 2011
    Morrison, Oklahoma
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    The way I do stems/vines are to cut a 1" strip of material. Take to the ironing board, spray water on about 10" inches of the strip, fold in half , iron the wetted area and continue down the length of the strip. Then spray water gain on the fold strip and fold again not quit half and iron again, do this the length of the strip. This is how I made the vines, stems in the picture of the Rose of Sharon on my aviatar. Hope this helps you. Good luck.

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