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Thread: New to Applique...Need a little help please :)

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    I wanted to try some applique this weekend. I read some tutorials and got the basic idea of things. I used steam a seam and copied the design from my sons color book. I have it pressed down and am pretty pleased with the results. Now I need to stitch it down.

    So my question is what stitch do I use? blanket, zig-zag, satin stitch? I read about using all sorts of things. So what do you think is the best? I really haven't strayed and used very many of the stitches on my machine and honestly don't know what they are. So here is a pic of the ones that I have. From what I gathered it sort of looked like maybe 19 was the one I was suppose to use? And do I need to change the stitch length/width or just leave it at what it is preset to?
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    i would use 19 or 20 what ever one is to the right side

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i would use 19 or 20 what ever one is to the right side
    Thanks. There looks like there is a tiny bit of a difference between the two. 19 has a straight line where 20 has little dashes. Does that make any difference?

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    #19 or #39 Small stitches for small pieces larger stitches for larger pieces.
    I wouldn't use the one with dash stitches IMHO

    Make up a little sample with a large and small applique on it. Try different lengths and widths of stitches and see what you like the best.
    It also helps to practice the stitches on a sample to get used to manuevering/stitching the applique :wink: :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    #19 or #39 Small stitches for small pieces larger stitches for larger pieces.
    I wouldn't use the one with dash stitches IMHO

    Make up a little sample with a large and small applique on it. Try different lengths and widths of stitches and see what you like the best.
    It also helps to practice the stitches on a sample to get used to manuevering/stitching the applique :wink: :D:D:D
    40? I would have never have guessed that! I used it once on the pocket of an apron. The pocket was black and the stitches around it were hot pink! I liked the little daisy look

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    #19 or #39 Small stitches for small pieces larger stitches for larger pieces.
    I wouldn't use the one with dash stitches IMHO

    Make up a little sample with a large and small applique on it. Try different lengths and widths of stitches and see what you like the best.
    It also helps to practice the stitches on a sample to get used to manuevering/stitching the applique :wink: :D:D:D
    40? I would have never have guessed that! I used it once on the pocket of an apron. The pocket was black and the stitches around it were hot pink! I liked the little daisy look
    And now I see you changed it to 39 :) Makes more sense! Thanks :)

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    20 is going the wrong way??? ...19...or try to find the stitch that takes a few short stitches, then takes a little bite into the applique piece..blindstitch???

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    Stop and turn your fabric, often too. Leave the needle down, lift the presser foot and turn. Trying to just quickly turn your fabric under the presser foot can cause puckers. It is a pain to start and stop, but you will be happier with the results.

    Don't forget to mirror image the stitch if necessary :wink: the straight stitch goes along side the applique and the zigs go on it :D:D:D

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    Sorry about that LOL I looked at the wrong number :oops:

    Yes, you can use that stitch or others... for a decorative look. They are pretty on circles, the edge of a dress, etc...

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    you can also do a satin stitch which would require you to change settings using the #7....practice on a seperate piece of fabric first regardless of which you choose and good luck

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