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Thread: Steam-A-Seam2 for applique vs ziz-zag

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    Junior Member Whitney60's Avatar
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    Steam-A-Seam2 for applique vs ziz-zag

    I'm putting a couple applique flowers on a quilt. I used Steam-A-Seam2 and it looks great. Do I need to stitch around the applique (ziz-zag) to make it stay? I'm having a difficult time ziz-zaging around as it looks terrible and I've taken it out twice. ( I have an old machine). Could I use invisable thread or will that melt? Any suggestions out there as I'm very discourraged as I'm almost done with the quilt. Thank you.

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    If you have already bonded it well - maybe you could just use a straight stitch all around the applique, just a bit inside the raw edge. An experienced quilter at my LQS said she was going to do that to one of her projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingme View Post
    If you have already bonded it well - maybe you could just use a straight stitch all around the applique, just a bit inside the raw edge. An experienced quilter at my LQS said she was going to do that to one of her projects.
    I just did this with a fall wallhanging that I am working on and I love the results. I used Steam A Seam 2 on mine also.
    Gloria 

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    as long as it says it can be sewn through. you don't want to gunk up your needle.

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    Steam a seam does have a very strong bond to the fabric... but it will over time ( and how hot the dryer is) start to come loose. If you are having trouble with the zig zag , do try some inviasble thread. HIGHLY recommend you do a test piece using the fabrics and steam a seam exactly how you will be stitching on the project. This is so you can get the stitch lenght and tensions adjusted before you try it on your project. A stablizer can help keep your stitches where you want them.

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    I do applique all the time using steam a seam, but I use embroidery floss and do the button hole stitch. I love the way it looks!

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    Several quilting friends do NOT do the sewing around their appliques ... I just can't not do the sewing. Guess it's just me. I do what I am comfortable with.

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    Well, I certainly would stitch around the applique pieces...I never quite trust the edges not to come up and I also think it makes it look nicer. If you are not happy with your zig sag stitch then use a blanket stitch or another decorative stitch on your machine. Be sure to use tear away stabilizer behind the fabric. That will also help make your stitching look nicer.

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    I agree with Pam B-I just don't feel that the Steam a Seam is a strong enough bond by itself.

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    I used Steam a Seam Lite and didn't sew around it and sent it to my long armer. Well, she sewed around it. She said that she worried it would come loose. So from then on, I have always done a buttonhole around all my fusible applique.
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    I always stitch around Steam a Seam Lite. Usually,I use a button hole stitch; but I did use a satin stitch on one quilt. The lady at my LQS who does appliqué does a zig zag stitch around each piece. I do use a stabilizer when stitching around appliqué.

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    If it were me I would sew it down. Saves heartache in the future!!
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    I usually sew around the edges too, sometimes straight stitch, sometimes blanket and sometimes satin stitch. It all depends on the look I want. I would only leave it unsewn if it was for a wall hanging .

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    does your machine have other stitches besides the zigzag?
    a button hole stitch works well to attach appliques- and yes- when you use a fusable to place your pieces they still need to be stitched in place. why does your zigzag not meet your expectations? what is wrong with it?
    perhaps you could (loosen) it, make it wider, or narrower...i generally use a buttonhole stitch for machine applique..i just like it better.
    some people use other decorative stitches.
    as for the invisible thread- there are a number of them on the market- some melt, some don't. some stretch & break- some not so much- some can be ironed- some can not...you need to read about the one you are considering and see that it meets your needs- do know though---using invisible thread has it's own (learning curve)
    put together a small practice piece-with your fusable included & try out a few different stitches, or settings until you find the one you like best- then work on the real thing...that may save you from having to remove your stitching.
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    Thank you so much for all the info. I knew I could count on you all.

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