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Thread: Your Favorite Applique Tips

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    Junior Member J.M.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    Do try to borrow or buy Pat Campbell's book on applique. She is a top-notch teacher--the best one I've ever had. Her pictures and explanations are great.
    What type of applique does she discuss in her book? And do you happen to know the title?

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    My goal this year is to learn needle turn appliqué. I hope by commenting this will be bookmarked for me. I wish I could figure out bookmarking on this site.
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    I used to needle turn everything. For a couple recent projects, I decided to machine-stitch my appliques to a lightweight lining (right sides together and then turn). Gloriously easier for everything except a design with lots of tiny pieces.

    For each applique, I make a template out of cardstock -- easy to print on my printer. Then before I trim and turn my applique I set the template on top the stitching lines so I can correct any boogers before turning.

    To sew those inner corners when using a lining, I'll put a pin in where the innie stops and just aim for the pin.

    The lined appliques can be blindstitched, zigzagged, or even straight stitched on.

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    Sometimes I stitch around the applique, just inside the stitching line, and then proceed to do needleturn applique. That way there is a row of stitching that keeps the corners from raveling and I have a line to follow.
    I will also sew a lightweight piece of interfacing or fabric , right sides together, and turn by cutting a small "slice" in the back of the applique. Then I press, and it's all ready to be appliqued, without any problems of fraying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggiek View Post
    I am a big fan of back basting for appliqué You mark the pattern on the back of the background fabric. Then pin a piece of fabric roughly the size (with some extra) of the item you will appliqué on the front and baste from the back using an obvious color of thread and a big needle so it makes good sized holes. Turn back to the front side, remove the pin(s) and trim excess fabric away leaving bought 1/4" or less to turn under. Now you can get out your favorite appliqué needle and thread. Take out a couple of the basting stitches, turn under using the holes in the fabric and background as your guide and stitch it down. The basting keeps everything in place with no pins in the way. Keep taking out a stitch or two and sewing down until you reach the end. This is very portable because you need no templates, starch or other tools.

    I also use fray check on the clipped areas. Comes in a little bottle and works great but best after the point has been sewn rather than before. If there are tiny whiskers sticking out, just drop a bit of this on the spot and sweep them under with your needle. Stays in place without a problem.
    Maggie, Finding this technique for me was an ahHA moment. It has really fired me up to applique. My only problem is if i have too many pieces on top. Once you do one, i don't like to stitch thru many layers. Still not happy with the top ones, but I will persevere!
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    I use the ladder stitch for my applique, about four threads at a time until I get to the innie. I use fray block (which is soft) not fray block (which is hard) to prevent fraying in the cut, and I reduce the stitches inside the inner most stitch to one or two threads per stitch. The inner most stitch is taken into the applique then into the background. If you turn the piece over it looks like a tiny running stitch. When doing multiple layers, I will applique the top piece to the next piece as though it is the background, only then will I trace and cut that piece to applique to its background. I can have a whole rose appliqued and ready to put onto its final background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.M. View Post
    What type of applique does she discuss in her book? And do you happen to know the title?
    Just saw on the internet that Pat died recently. She was a wonderful teacher and surely a great person. I took classes from her several years ago and shortly thereafter she had a stroke.

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