Thursday, March 3, 2011

Anybody can Appliquè

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers


When I first started sewing I thought Appliquè looked really hard.  Then I finally did it and guess what, it was not that hard!  In fact, it was kind of fun. 

I have two methods for machine appliquè that I really like.  Both use a sew-able fusible web.  

The first uses Therm O Web lite.

I like the therm o web lite because it is paper backed:  

1.  You can trace/draw on the paper side and cut it out.

2.  Then iron the non-paper side on to the back of the fabric you will appliquè.

3.  After it cools, peel off the paper.

4.  Arrange appliquè as you plan to sew it. 

5.  Iron it on 

6.  Then sew on with a zig-zag, blanket, satin, or other appliquè stitch that is available with your machine.  
Part of the key to this type of appliquè is to be sure to sew over the raw edge.

The second uses Pellon 807 Wonder Web NOT paper backed.

I like to use wonder web when I do NOT want my appliquè to have a raw edge.

1.  Cut wonder web to the same size as your appliquè.

2.  Sew to the right side of the fabric with a 1/4" - 3/8" seam allowance, leaving a 1/2" turning gap.  Trim corners.

3.  Turn right side out and poke out the corners.

4.  Iron appliquè to fabric.

5.  Edge stitch with your choice of stitch. 

Hope this helps give anyone who hasn't tried appliquè the bravery to go for it! 

1 comment:

JustPlainLaine said...

Great tutorial! Thanks.

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