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    A very 1930's look is to use three strands of embroidery floss and do the blanket stitch. I grew up with Little Dutch Girl and Little Dutch Boy (most people call them Sunbonnet Sue and his brother, but our family didn't for some reason) and they were hand done with embroidery floss. Not sure how Grandmother did hers so they lasted through about a million washings and being on kid's beds---but it worked fine. I haven't had as much luck and use floss only on wall quilts but then, I don't like to applique.

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    I use embroidery thread

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    I took an applique class at quilt camp many,many moons ago. The instructor suggested Mettler Silk Finish. Love it. Thread Magic comes in a small blue cube and will help the thead slide smoothly through the fabric. I think it helps with the wear issues too.

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    I use YLI 100 wt. silk thread and match the color to the piece that is being needle turned tack stitch appliqued. If I can't match exactly the piece I go with a darker shade as close as possible, because if you use a lighter shade it reflects the light and is more noticeable. If I don't have the right color in YLI 100 wt. silk, I use 60 wt - 2 ply (same as I use when piecing blocks for my miniature quilts.) Some greens, blues, beiges, browns in fabric colors can be appliqued with neutral threads in the taupes, beiges, greys (as appropriate to the fabric color)as they seem to be able to blend into the piece being appliqued.

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    As with any technique, we all have our favorites. I needle turn applique and use YLI silk thread. My 2 "go to" colors are #242 and #235 as they blend with anything. You don't really "need" to get a lot of different colors as the thread is buried and practically invisible. It's just fun to pick up some different colors. Have fun, whatever you do:)

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    For hand applique, I use dmc machine embroidery thread in 50 weight. The 60 weight, as 7dwarfs mentioned, might be better because it's thinner. I like this thread for applique. I find that neutral color thread, most of the time works great...but I do have some colors and use those if they match.



    Quote Originally Posted by 7dwarfs
    I use dmc 60 weight or masterpiece thread.

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    I use silk thread from Connecting Threads. I use a single strand and a straw needle. The thread becomes practically invisible. I found the silk off white blends well with all prints.

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    I bought one of those carousels that hole a whole lot of different colored spools and I lust love it. It has every color you need. Before that I used the silk thread because it disappears into the appliqué. Jan

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    I love the YLI silk thread, too. Great colors, too, if you find a shop with a variety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    I use a single silk thread. I do needle turn applique and the stitches are almost invisible. If you want the stitches to show, as in a buttonhole edge stitch, you can use one strand of regular cotton thread in a contrasting or coordinating color.
    This is what I do also ... with YLI silk. I usually just use either a light gray or a dark gray depending on the fabric since the thread really doesn't show.

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    CherlyLynn.....the little guy in the picture is absolutely adorable!!!!

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    I've been working on my first needle turn hand applique project all weekend and I am using Sulky rayon. I really like it.

    P/s...it's for a wallhanging. I would have likely chosen something more hearty for a usable piece.

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    I use silk or cotton thread to applique (I hand applique)and focus on matching the tread color. I love the feel I get appliquing with silk thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    I use embroidery floss, one strand, I get the closest match of colors with it, it's 100% cotton and washable. I do rinse the thread to be sure it doesn't bleed.
    Glad to see this response because I've used embroidery floss many times and didn't know if that was a good idea or not. I like using it for the variety in color... Good tip about rinsing it.

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    I especially like the new Coats & Clark Fine--better than silk and it doesn't rot. You can use #450 C&C #50 weight (standard weight for sewing). It's a neutral gray color. I use this color for much of my machine piecing.

    For needle turn applique, I always coat it with Thread Heaven, helps with eliminating slip knots.

    Sandy

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    Embroidery floss has too loose a twist for sewing and can wear out more quickly that thread that is intended for machine or hand stitching.

    Sandy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingladydi
    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    I use a single silk thread. I do needle turn applique and the stitches are almost invisible. If you want the stitches to show, as in a buttonhole edge stitch, you can use one strand of regular cotton thread in a contrasting or coordinating color.

    Do you use a neutral like gray or beige or do you match the color to the applique piece? I'm starting on needle turn and using guterman cotton (50 weight), but my stitches are not as invisible as I'd like.
    I only have neutral colors in silk thread. They range from white to beige to tan.

    Someone suggested to use the 60 weight cotton thread and someone else suggested the Masterpiece threads from Connecting threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandi
    What kind of thread do you use for applique? I have never appliqued before and this will be my first time.
    I use either cotton thread or Anchor embroidery thread which is cotton any way. There are many more colors in the embroidery thread and a lot easier to match to the fabric.

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