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A short and sweet tutorial for basic machine applique

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  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 1
    Step 1

    Head to your computer and create letters in your document program. In this example, I am using the word "JOY" but you could use any letters or words. The size of letters depends on what you are using them for (example - smaller for a hand towel or potholder, larger for a pillow) After creating your letters, you will need to flip them or rotate them 180 degrees or mirror them. Whichever term you want to use and if you are not sure how to do this, just search "mirror image" in the software you are using. Print out these letters making sure they are mirrored. I did mirror this "Y", there were just slight differences. In this instance I did not mirror the "O", there just were not any differences

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place the printed letter under the paper-backed fusible web, making sure the paper side is up on the fusible web. Trace the letter. Cut out around the letter.

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 3
    Step 3

    Following the manufacturer's directions fuse the paper-backed fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric. Do this for all your letters, then cut out the letters along the traced line. Also, peel off the paper backing.

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut the background fabric. For pillows, I like to measure the pillow form and add 1/2". This pillow measures 13x24 so I cut the background fabric 13-1/2 x 24-1/2. Fold the background fabric in half each direction and press on the folds. This pressed line helps to line up your letters.

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 5
    Step 5

    Arrange the letters on the background fabric. See why we mirrored the letters? Now it does read JOY!

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 6
    Step 6

    I like to measure all four sides to make sure the design is centered. PIn the letters in place and then press the fusible web to the background fabric. Do this following the paper-backed fusible's directions.

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 7
    Step 7

    There are some scraps of fabric with the paper-backed fusible web (after you cut out the letters). Fuse this to some scraps of background fabric. These scraps are perfect for practice and trying out different decorative stitches and thread colors.

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stitch around all the letters, remember to take it slow especially around the corners. A great hint, is to watch the presser foot not the needle. Also, I like to use an open-toe foot for machine applique, it is a great presser foot to see what you are sewing. A clear foot would work nicely, too.

  • How to applique . Basic Machine Applique - Step 9
    Step 9

    Trim threads and press, you have completed beautiful applique.

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