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Thread: Hand Applique Question

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    Hand Applique Question

    This may be a stupid question, but does hand applique need to be done in a hoop?
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    It doesn't I prefer not to. . The hoop gets in my way and annoy me but some fin holding the hoop keeps fabric taut while sewing. Personal choice. Try both make your own decision.
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    I believe it is the recommended method but not necessary. For me, it is easier to use a hoop though not a large one.

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    I don't use a hoop (and I've actually done quite a bit of hand applique altho I am a quilting newbie).

    For designs with a lot of detail -- long skinny pieces that stick out, etc. -- I do like to baste on a nice flat surface before I start appliqueing. Some folks use wonder under / fusible instead of basting.

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    I never use a hoop. I do thread baste and that helps a lot. Nancy chong has a great video on needle turn appliqué. I have watched it half a dozen times.

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    I think most hand appliquers do not use a hoop. When I took a class from Patricia Cox years ago (the one in MN who is an expert on traditional quilts), we did not use hoops.

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    I don't use a hoop with applique.

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    I use a hoop for embroidery but not for applique.
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    I don't use a hoop but then I never thought of using a hoop! Huh! The things you learn on this board.
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    I taught myself how to applique. When I first started I thought a hoop would help me get the applique flat. It turned out to make it more difficult. Once I read Ellie Sienkewicz's book "12 Ways to Applique," I started using freezer paper. That helped a lot.

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    I looked online at Nancy Chong's appliqué tutorial. It looks easy and amazing. I couldn't find the video. I want to learn to do appliqué this year. I am trying to learn a new quilting technique each year.

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    I applique a bit, and I don't use a hoop. I like to applique (I do almost exclusively needle-turn) on a flat surface over a cutting mat. That way I can see if it's laying flat or not (using a hoop could make it look artificially flat and then lumpy when it's not being stretched anymore). I also like to be able to pick up or finesse the fabric if I need to, which is difficult on a hoop. I do all my embroidery on a hoop, though, because it makes pass-through easier. With applique, though, I've got my needle on top of the fabric at all times, so it's not necessary.
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    You would think it would be easier to applique using a hoop but I found it isn't for me. I do hand quilt using a hoop and embroider using a hoop.

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    When I first started I did it without a hoop. It was just easier for me. I couldn't get the hang of it. Not I use it because I've found my stitches are smaller and more even.

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    I've been appliquéing for many years and do not use a hoop. There is no need for it. It would get in the way. My appliqué iris was done with no hoop.
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    I do both and go with which ever is the better result and feels more comfortable.

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    I can't figure out how you could do needleturn applique in a hoop.

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