of how you prepare your pieces for machine appliqué, learning how to stabilize
and stitch your pieces is key. Follow these tips for great appliqué and check
out troubleshooting tips at the end of this slide show.
certain your machine is clean and in good working order.
Install a new size 60/8, 70/10, 75/11 or 80/12 sharp embroidery needle in your
3. Wind a
bobbin with cotton 60-weight embroidery thread or bobbin-fill thread.
the needle with matching- or complementary- color 60-weight embroidery thread
We always use Heat N Bond Lite it is by far the most popular and successful way of preparing your pieces for applique. Sulky Iron on tear away stabilizer is our recommendation for stabilizer under your fabric while sewing
Instructions for applique when not using your fabric cutter
Fusible Web Appliqué Instructions:
Place the fusible webbing (paper side up) over the pattern pieces.
"Trace" each pattern piece the required number of times.
Remember that a
reverse image results from all the traced pieces. For symmetrical pieces
this is not a problem. For other images, turn the pattern sheet over
and trace the design from the other side of the sheet (unless the
pattern designer has already reversed the images).
This will give a reverse image that will revert to the correct image once ironed onto the fabric. A “light-box” is highly recommended in order to get a clear image for tracing.
Once pieces are traced onto the fusible webbing, "roughly cut" around each shape. DO NOT cut on the drawn line!
Using a medium/hot DRY iron, press the fusible webbing (paper side up) onto the WRONG side of your chosen fabrics.
Using small, "sharp" scissors, cut out the
shape exactly on the drawn line. Take care when handling the fabric to
avoid fraying the edges.
Carefully, peel the paper backing from the pattern piece. A fine layer of adhesive will remain on the fabric.
Using the “master pattern” as a guide, place the pieces into position on an appliqué mat. A light-box is also useful here.
Gently remove the design from the
appliqué mat, position onto your background fabric and press. This will
"permanently" fuse the design into place.
(If you do not have an appliqué mat, you can
position and press pieces directly onto your background fabric but take
care because you must get it right the first time.)
“Blanket Stitch” – select a stranded cotton embroidery thread to match the colour of the shape being appliquéd. For small shapes use one strand
of embroidery thread and for larger shapes use "two" strands of thread.
When stitching with blanket stitch, always work from left to right as
shown in the diagram below.