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    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
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    machine applique question

    My DGS wants the attached dragon on his quilt. It needs to be approximately 21" x 21". I thought originally that I would machine embroider it, but it's so large that I think it would be more practical to applique it. If I use fusible web to cut out the applique, it seems to me that the thin lines would be impossible for me to stitch down to the base fabric. I thought some of you may have suggestions for the best way to handle this problem. I don't do hand applique or hand embroidery.
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    Carol
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    Couldn't you use bias tape of the same color, or cut your own from the dragon fabric, for the thin lines?

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    How about fabric markers,crayons, pencils, acrylic paints ect.

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    Maybe use fusible on the larger portions, body & tail & satin stitch the webbing on the machine?
    Sounds like you can digitize for embroidery? Maybe just digitize the wings, 2 separate files, embroider those, then fuse the body??
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    When I have thin lines to appliqué, I cut them with Wonder Under and fuse them in place. You can get the appliqué all fused perfectly and then use a nice zig zag to go over them. Since you have the thin black strips underneath it will give you a guide to go over and you can space the zig zag a little more open without worrying about it looking sparse.

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    I would fuse the body and use the satin stitch on your machine to add the details. Just gradually narrow your stitch width as you sew with a close satin stitch.

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    I would fuse the main part and stitch it with machine. The really thin/narrow parts I would hand embroider with embroidery flos.

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    you could use fusable bias tape (clover makes it in 11 yard rolls- in colors & black- 1/4" & 1/8") you iron it on-then zigzag stitch it down. check 'stained glass quilts' to see what it is- i think you can find it at Clotildes, Nancy's notions, Keepsake quilting, ...
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    I'm not sure the lines will be so thin that you wouldn't be able to fuse them. I would however break the dragon up into sections ... I wouldn't try to fuse it as one piece.

    Try to enlarge and see how thick the thinnest line would be.
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    Could u machine appliqué the large portions and do a tight zigzag stitch for the thin lines? Just use a stabilizer.

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