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Need help raw edge applique

Old 11-22-2015, 07:47 PM
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I have a raw edge appliqué project I'm working on. Method used was steam-a-seam Lite 2 .. all fabrics are batiks. When I've done raw edge in the past, I stitched along the edge with monofilament to make the appliqué permanent. I've never worked with light fabrics before though ... never had this problem.

See sample below (a test sample - not my project). See how the needle holes show so prominently on the light fabric? The dark fabrics are fine.

Using Sulky clear monofiliment top and bottom, dropped my needle size down to a Klasse Universal 60/8.

Any other suggestions to stitch down the lighter colored pieces? I don't like those needle holes showing on the piece. Some of my light fabrics are large pieces, some are tiny.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:49 PM
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I would try a smaller needle, maybe a 9 and see how that does.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:10 PM
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I would use a matching thread
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:10 PM
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​In the light colours I might use matching thread rather then the monofilament. The thread colour should fill the hole maybe?
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:39 PM
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if a matching thread is used, it will blend better and use a smaller needle like a 9 good luck, I love raw edge and do it all the time.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:05 PM
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I am eager to see your finished product.
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:13 AM
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In addition to the smaller needle and using a thread that matches as opposed to the monofilament (to fill the holes better), I think I would switch to a top stitch or a Microtex sharp needle as opposed to a universal.
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:14 AM
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Batiks are a tighter weave than quilting cottons, I would try the smallest micro tex needle I could find. You could try using a 100 wt matching silk thread. Another option is make the stitching an accent in those pieces. Hope you post the finished top. Looks interesting!
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:47 AM
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I usually use a buttonhole stitch to prevent unraveling of the edge of the fabric on fusible applique. I always prefer to use matching thread. You might want to dab a little water on the quilt to see if the holes will disappear.
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:54 AM
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after the project is finished the holes should close up when it is laundered.
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