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Thread: Appliqueing, need help

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    Senior Member irma tapia's Avatar
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    Hi Everyone!
    I am making a quilt and it will have large appliqued flowers on it. I am using Heat N Bond paper. I have never appliqued before, are there any tricks to this?

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    Go slow - and I have a tute here you might want to look at : http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-77851-1.htm

    and lastly HAVE FUN :thumbup:

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    Cut a 1/4" around the outline on the fusible, fuse it to the fabric and then when you are ready to iron it to the block/quilt, trim it on the drawn lines. This will keep fraying to a minimum.

    Use larger/wider applique stitches on big pieces, and make the stitches narrower/shorter on the smaller pieces.
    Try some of these combinations on a scrap fabric, and write down the settings you used next to them, so you can reference them later.

    Stitch them down slow, stop and turn with your needle down frequently. Yes it can seem a pain at times, but it is still faster than sewing them by hand :wink:

    Most of all, have fun with this technique :D:D:D

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    What amma said plus use an open toe applique foot if you can - so much easier if you can actually SEE what you're doing. Sharon's tute is excellent and how I do mine. Note to add - do not be tempted to have the iron hotter than the instructions says or it won't stick EVER!!! Ask me how I know. :mrgreen:

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    the only suggestion i have is to use the lite heat bond not the heavy or it can mess up your machine

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    Keep some alcohol swaps handy to clean your needle when it gets sticky. You will swear that something is wrong with your machine when in fact it is a gummy/sticky needle.

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    Also when I cut my applique fusible, before I adhere it to the fabric, I trim the center out leaving a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the fusible so the center will remain soft, especially heat n bond. I prefer Steam A Seam lite or 2 because of the weight.

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    Just be aware there is Lite Heat Bond and Heavy...Hope you have Lite because I found that the Heavy bleeds thru cotton.

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    Are you sewing by hand or with a machine?
    I do both and there are hints for both!

    THE biggest think I can think of for machine applique: Use a second layer of fabric to act as a stabilizer. I cut a piece of scrap fabric and spray it with 505 spray and attach it to the back of the design area. When the design is completely appliqued you can pull the fabric back and trim close to the stitching. There's no puckering at all that way!

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    Thanks for yout tips. One more question....can I use wax papter as a pressing cloth so the glue doesn't get on the iron?

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    i dont think wax paper is what we use--non stick baking paper or an applique mat is what i use--if you sew on the machine use your needle down it keeps it steady as you turn corners

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    Quote Originally Posted by irma tapia
    Thanks for yout tips. One more question....can I use wax papter as a pressing cloth so the glue doesn't get on the iron?
    Parchment paper.

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    no not wax paper. teflon pressing sheet!!

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    Thanks very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    Also when I cut my applique fusible, before I adhere it to the fabric, I trim the center out leaving a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the fusible so the center will remain soft, especially heat n bond. I prefer Steam A Seam lite or 2 because of the weight.
    I do the same thing, and use a applique pressing sheet. I assemble as many pieces as I can as a unit, then place the unit onto the block.

    :lol:

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    so right! HB Lite keeps the "goo" down to a minimum. I also found a handy little bottle of heaven at my quilt store - it's called "all purpose sewers aid"... a teeny little bottle, 1/2 ounce. Just a drop now and again on your needle helps with the stickiness.

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    opps, sorry. got click-happy.

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    Parchment paper, from the grocery store, is awesome and works as good as an expensive pressing sheet.

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