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Thread: Question for Machine Applique Quilters

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    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post
    Peggi...have you had any problem with the hand applique coming apart after washing
    No, none at all. I use Superior's Bottom Line for hand applique, it's very strong and disappears into the fabric. I like that you can buy the assortment of colors on bobbins, which means I don't have to spend lots of money on spools when I only need a little bit of thread. I recently had to use some Gutermann thread because I didn't have anywhere near the right color in Bottom Line, and boy did I struggle with that Gutermann! It's probably okay in a machine, but horrid to sew by hand.

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    I use Lite Heat and Bond and a Blanket stitch on all my applique work. I think perhaps you may be using such a tight satin stitch that it is quiet literaly cutting the fabric.....If I don't want my blanket stitch stiff, then I window cut the bonding material, some times I like this look, some times I don't. I think we each do things just a little differently than others, and thats okay !!!
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    I've used satin stitch applique and double sided wonderunder on sweatshirts which get washed more than the usual bed quilt. They usually last over 10 years. The fabric wears and rips from snags first. You have to make the stitch wide enough to cover. Some of the heirloom stitches don't ravel. I use the pin stitch to join lace to a sleeve - fold up a single hem, pin stitch, and cut off any excess. Have done this on nightgowns. It's just harder to turn corners with those than zigzag.

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    I made a couple of quilts for a couple of Grandsons. I turned the applique pieces under a 1/4" and pressed, pinned them on and just did a straight stitch about 1/8" from the edge. One is put away and not used, other was washed and dried often. The appliques are still on it. I'm thinking this is how I will now to do them.
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    I've never had that problem...but I can see it happening. What I do is I make sure my large zigzag stitch is mostly ON the applique and just the needle hole of the other side is on the fabric.This way the hole on the applique is over inside the applique piece and therefore away from the edge so it can't fray the edge. It also covers the whole applique piece edge...so again, the piece is covered and less apt to fray and with one hole off the applique piece and on the fabric...it encloses the applique edge all around. I don't use a "solid", really close ZZ as I want to make sure each hole makes its own indentation and not so close that the two holes merge together. And I always use the widest ZZ the piece will allow..the more stitches the better structure.

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    I have never had that problem. I use either a wide satin stitch, or a combination of decorative stitches. I know not every applique would benifit from such detailed decorative stitching, but it has been the style I've been working with. I frequently add decorative stitching across the applique to emphasize whatever design the applique is. I've never had it cut the fabric yet.

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