Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes with Machine Applique
By Holly Hanover
Working with a machine applique can be tricky depending on where you’re using it exactly, and especially when you are learning how to quilt. However, there are three very important things that you need to check first so your project turns out as great as possible.
1. Check the Thread Size
The first is to make sure you have the right thread. It’s always a good idea to check this out on a scrap piece of fabric first, so you can check the tension on top and bottom. Minor adjustments can be made on this piece without ruining the look of your finished project. Once you have determined that the thread matches, and it has the right tension, and you have the right stitch ready to go, then you can prepare the machine applique itself.
2. Stabilize the Applique
Next, you need to make sure the machine applique is not going to move around while you’re working with it. If it does, then you’re going to have puckers, thread drags and other problems that will not give you the polished look you desire. Here is where using a stabilizer will help you keep the applique in place while you’re attaching the edges. The style you use will be up to you, as there are cut-away, wash-away and tear-away options.
3. Watch Your Trim Margins
Finally, the next important thing to watch out for actually occurs while you’re sewing the applique on. Always be checking the position of your sewing needle so the trim is even all the way around. If you have a quarter-inch of thread on one side and a half-inch on the other, it’s going to make a big difference. However, if you’re careful to measure first all around the applique, then you can keep the sewing needle within those marks and end up with a great project. Use these tips the next time you’re working with a machine applique and avoid three very common mistakes.
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