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Thread: Applique I need honest advise

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    I am trying my hand for the 1st time at applique. I need to know if im doing anything wrong, I am in a swap and want it to be right. Thanks
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    ok will add more of not so close maybe they wont be blurry

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    i think the stitches are fine, looks like good work to me

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    It looks fine to me. If you wanted, you could use monofilament to make the applique stitches even more transparent.

    I like Sunbonnet Sue, anyway. Cute pattern, and you are doing good.

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    It is looking good :D:D:D
    The only thing I see is to shorten your stitch length...that will help hold it down more securely.
    I like to have my length set for 1.8 - 2.0 You can also try to take a few stitches, and turn very often. I drop my needle down first. You will get more rounded stitching on your edges that way :wink:

    That is a cute Sue!!! I hope that I get one of yours in the swap!!! :D:D:D

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    ok so to shorten the stitch, mine is set to 1.5 ^^^ and 1.8 --- would I go up to 1.8 and 2.0

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    The baby is so cute looks so cuddly and sweet. Your block looks really nice too.

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    Sorry those were the settings for the blanket stitch that I am working with right now...
    Your width looks fine, but I would set your stitch length to half of what you have so your zigs going over are closer together.

    so they are like this ^ ^ ^ ^ instead of ^---^----^----^
    that is what will keep the sides from fraying out :wink:

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    ok thanks so I need to lower the number? I will play with it.

    That lil girl is my grand daughter she will be one to get this quilt when its done.

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    Good advice. I learned something, too! Going to try it out on my machine.

    Lovely Quilt!

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    I'm with amma on this one. A more even stitch would look better but it looks nice as is too. Just a different style.

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    I lowered the 2nd number and I think i have it.
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    I still gotta work on getting it even this is just practice

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    Looking good, just keep playing, they all look nice

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    it looks great. just be sure not to place the Sue's too close to the edge of the background fabric. but good going.

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    Good Job :thumbup:
    It took me some practicing to get up close and consistent with the stitches... I tried cheating by not stopping and turning the fabric often enough too :roll: LOL You will have it all done in no time :D:D:D
    I have a scrap of fabric with rows of these stitches on it.
    Above each row is the stitch, the length and width.
    Some projects you will want to shorten/widen/lengthen, this gives you a good idea of where to start. :wink:

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    Has anyone tried Eleanor Burns patter for Sunbonnet Sue?( I have always called her(Dutch Doll) quilt. That was my first quiltfor my #1 daughter. It is over 30 years old.

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    Doesn't look bad to me..You need to sew very slowly coming up to a pivot point. There you may need to slightly lengthen or shorten your stitch so it will end at the pivot point.Then you can stop, needle down lift your presser foot and reposition the block. The same for going around curves, you can lengthen some on straighter areas and shorten on tight curves, depending on outside or inside curves.. With a little practice you will know which you need to do....I love the colors in your block...Overall it's good!!!

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    Very Great job! Cannot tell if was a first try. Here is my first try. I am having problems stitching through all the layers and my machine stitching being jerky you can see it in the second picture of her head. Any advice?

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    You are doing good!

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    Practice, practice, practice is the key to machine applique.

    Take it slowly......when I was first starting out I stitched very slowly to make sure my stitches landed where they were supposed to.

    Your needle needs to be on the background fabric only (right next to the applique fabric) for your straight stitch and then it "bites" into your applique on the zigzag stitch.

    Curves and turns take more practice and will require you to stop, have your needle down in the fabric, lift your presser foot, and turn your fabric to ready for the next stitch.

    Good luck---you are both doing a good job!!!

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    i could be wrong but i think you flipped the apron template? i think the rounded edge that you have in the front should be in the back. I hope that makes sense.

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    That is wonderful. I wouldn't change a thing.

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    I think you did a great job!! If I were in your swap I'd be happy to get one of these blocks!

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    It all looks great to me! Applique is tricky, huh? Amma has a great idea of stitching differently on some scrap fabric and labeling the settings. Gotta do that tomorrow! Don't forget a sharp needle. I always change the needle if I'm going to applique. And here's a funny thing, my machine "whines" the same pitch as my dog when I applique. Maybe that's why I avoid applique! I have to stop to see what the dog is whining about and I find him sound asleep somewhere!

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