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Thread: suggestions please..

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    suggestions please..

    I want to try applique. I don't know enough about it to even know what I don't know. I realize that this will be a matter of personal preference...some like one way and others like another way and most do things their own way (as will I). Does anyone want to share their preferences with me? Thanks.... I am just trying to decide where & how to start.

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    I admire people who do needle turned appliqué. I did a floral bouquet pillow top and it turned out nice but it is not my preferred method. I usually do machine appliqué instead. Machine appliqué uses a fusible (Wonderunder or Mistyfuse) ironed to the back of the fabric shapes that you fuse in place with your iron. You then use the fancy stitch of your choice to go around the edge of the shape.

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    Would you be interested in hand applique, machine, or machine embroidery applique? Youtube.com should have some videos on all of these that might help you to see what direction interest you.

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    Eleanor Burns does it by sewing lightweight fusible interfacing to the shapes and then turn the shape. This pulls the edge under and you then sew it down with a stitch on your machine like the blanket stitch. There are videos on her website you can watch.

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    I think that a good way to try needleturn is with one of the 2 fabric appliques from Nancy Lee Chong at Pacific Rim Quilt Company. http://prqc.com/2faq.htm They're small projects that only involve two fabrics.

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    Go online and research the different applique methods...make a small sample of each method...you can then decide which one you like to do the best...remember it is all about practice , practice, practice and patience...even quick methods of applique are not really that quick but lots of fun. Happy New Year and happy quilting. Evelyn

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    Experiment! Youtube is fabulous for this. I've found that I love needle-turn, but I don't love any method that involves my machine or an iron. Which is pretty much everything other than needle-turn. BUT, I did try many methods, most more than once, to come to that conclusion. As the years go I'm sure my tastes and preferences will change, and then I'll try different things again. I hope Youtube is still around for me then!

    Edited to add: I bet a Sunbonnet Sue would be a good project for trying out the different methods...
    Last edited by JulieR; 12-31-2012 at 09:06 AM.

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    I would highly recommend the book "Applique the Basics and Beyond: The Complete Guide to
    Successful Machine and Hand Techniques with Dozens of Designs to Mix and Match"
    http://www.amazon.com/Applique-Basic...words=applique

    It is very well illustrated and has lots of techniques for both hand and machine. Amazon has some used for a very reasonable price.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    I have tried machine appliqué as well as hand ... I prefer hand ... I have taken several classes and each teacher has her own technique so I take what works for me best....

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    I liked this DVD. http://www.maryappliques.com/

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