Machine appliqué is quick and easy. When it is done on washable
garments, it can be machine washed. Some people prefer to place a piece of
typing paper between the fabric and the machine to prevent
puckering, however I personally have not found the need for that. With
most cotton fabrics and good control of your machine you will not
need to. However if you do make sure you use computer paper and not tissue
paper, because it is not strong enough. If you prefer to do so, stitch
through the paper and fabrics, then tear the paper away when you are
For machine appliqué use a medium to large zigzag stitch about 1/8"
wide with a nice close satin stitch as you can get. You will want a nice
close stitch for both a more professional look, and a close stitch will
hold better. Keep most of the stitching on the appliqué, not on the
background fabric, this will also help hold it in place better. On smaller
appliqué pieces that can't be held with a pin, use a spray adhesive to
hold in place.
To create a puffy
look or effect with machine appliqué, place a layer of cotton batting or
polyester fiberfill between the appliqué and the background fabric before
you stitch it.