Hi all! I'd really love to hear what tips you all have to share about applique -- of any kind. For instance, I'm awful at interior points (like the "cleavage" of a heart) and I'm hoping to see someone's pet trick for that. But meanwhile, here are some of mine -- even if they seem obvious, they weren't to me when I started!
Do not clip outside curves for needle-turn applique. Not clipping avoids both points and fraying.
When clipping inside curves, don't clip until you absolutely have to, when your next stitch requires it. This cuts down on fraying, too.
And just like in life, when you come to a curve, concentrate only on your next stitch. The stitches an inch away will get their turn!