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Thread: If you were to teach Applique...

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    which method would you teach?
    I have several appq projects/patterns I want to start but have no idea which method would be the LEAST FRUSTRATING. Not able to take a class which is why I asked you guys. I'll check tutes AFTER you guys steer me in the right direction.

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    do you want to use machine or do hand appq

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    I think raw edge is the easiest, but can only be used with certain patterns because the edges fray. The next easiest I think would be Elenor burns way of doing it. She sew on stabilizer and then turns it right side out.

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    machine appq here is one pattern : http://www.amybradleydesigns.com/sndaysewdayq.html

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    I like freezer paper the best last year we did a heart wall hanging there were some that had never done applique before and they all did wonderful Valentine wallhangings. One girl was ready to quit until she did the wallhanging she was so proud of it!! It gave her the confidence to continue to work on her piecing of blocks. They all did hand applique and loved it.Now they are hooked on dresden plates because of the applique.

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    I like fusible, raw edge applique. You can blanket stitch around the edges, satin stitch or other decorative stitches.
    It is a fast and easy method :D:D:D

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    I agree with Amma

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    I'm a bit old-fashioned, but I still think applique done by hand (no fusible) is the best. My method is pretty basic, cut out paper templates (printer paper works or any scrap cards etc.), cut out fabric adding about 1/4 inch for turning over. Pin fabric to template and iron over to get a guide for the turnover, remove paper and tack design to background, then with thread that matches your applique piece do tiny hidden stitches to secure to the background. Alternatively, use blanket stitch or satin stitch.

    There have been many stunning appliques shown on this site using machine/fusible etc. It's just a matter of finding something that appeals to you personally. I did handwork before learning to piece by machine, so I naturally feel a bit more comfortable with my method.

    Let us know how you get on....and look forward to seeing your first applique.

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    I agree with leatheflea and the Eleanor Burns method but I use used dryer sheets instead of buying stabilizer. I think fusible is ok for wallhangings but don't like the way it feels on quilts.

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    I like fusible and then I sew around the applique with a buttonhole stitch. Actually I detest Applique.

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