I’ll let you in on a little-known secret – I hate to remove the hoop during the embroidery process to trim applique. I dislike it so much, I rarely do it. I’ve come up with two very different solutions to this dilemma.
The first – and easiest – is to embrace raw edge applique. That is what my whole Stipple! line is based on. It’s an edgy approach (no pun intended) but it works for me and I love the speed of the process.
But I know raw edge applique is not appropriate for every design. So I avoid taking the hoop off the machine during traditional appliqué by preparing the applique section in a separate hooping.
Here’s how I do it:
First, fuse interfacing to the applique fabric. Hoop the applique fabric. If I need multiples of the same design, I’ll load as many of the design that will fit in my largest hoop. Advance through the design to the tackdown segment of the design. Stitch the tackdown (the outline).
Remove the fabric from the hoop. Trim the appliqués as close to the outline as possible without snipping the threads. Set aside.
Hoop the project. Stitch the placement guide of the applique design.
Spray a small amount of spray adhesive to the wrong side of the cutout applique. Place the applique over the placement guide. Smooth in place.
Stitch the tackdown. Complete the design.
Our resident expert, Deborah Jones, addresses applique in her Ask the Expert column in the May/June 2011 issue of Designs. She gives an in-depth discussion on selecting and preparing fabrics, techniques for raw edge, reverse and traditional applique. Read it and you’ll be expert too!
I think I speak for many when I say Deborah Jones is a wealth of embroidery information – I know I’ve learned so much from her through the years. In 2009, Deborah compiled tons of embroidery information into her first book, Machine Embroidery on Difficult Materials (Krause Publications, Cincinnati, OH). I consider it a must-have in every embroiderer’s reference library. If you don’t have a copy, here’s your chance to win one.
Just tell us what fabric you find the most challenging when it comes to embroidery. Feel free to share your experience or just vent your fear! We love hearing from you.
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“I am currently making a top for myself and may consider using the embroidery machine for the buttonholes as I have never tried it that way. I previously had done some ITH projects such as coasters, a nook cover, zipper cases and a placemat done ITH. Your designs look like they would be fun to add to a jacket.”