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Methods of Appliqué: How to do Machine Appliqué


     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 finished sewing.

     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.







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