Applique Help Needed

Applique Help Needed

Post by Clay Leih » Fri, 22 Sep 1995 04:00:00



Hi all,
 I have a little problem. Iwant to make my son a quilt for his
birthday. I have made many, but I have never done machine
applique. First of all, it's going to be all road signs,and I
was wondering how to use fusible web in laying down letters. Do
I use the web and the zig zag the pieces down or do I just
straight stitch in place?

Many thanks
Shelly

 
 
 

Applique Help Needed

Post by Cynthia L. Swaffor » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>Hi all,
> I have a little problem. Iwant to make my son a quilt for his
>birthday. I have made many, but I have never done machine
>applique. First of all, it's going to be all road signs,and I
>was wondering how to use fusible web in laying down letters. Do
>I use the web and the zig zag the pieces down or do I just
>straight stitch in place?

>Many thanks
>Shelly

I apply the fusible web to the back of a piece of fabric first, then
cut out my shapes.  Then I fuse the shapes to my background and machine
satin-stitch around them.  I have also (on T-shirts) used puff-paint to
seal the edges.  I think if you straight stitch you'll eventually get
some fraying.

                            Cindy

                                    8^}

 
 
 

Applique Help Needed

Post by BGroe » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00


When I do machine applique I trace my design backwards on the paper
backing of the fusible web.  (I've been using Heat 'n' Bond Lite...like it
fine).  Then I cut out the shapes and fuse them to the background fabric.
Then I use lots of different stitches to hold them permanently in place.

I've used the traditional satin stitch, but also a machine buttonhole
stitch (looks like all these neat primitive style hand appliques that are
popular today), a loose zigzag (where you can see the fabric behind it,
not close like the satin stitch) AND I've used a straight stitch.  In
fact, when I want the stitches to really show up, I use the triple stitch
straight stitch.  It's meant to be used on stretchy knits, but it makes a
nice "thick" straight stitch.  If you use rayon thread, it really looks
nice!

The disadvantage to straight stitch is that variations in your stitching
show up more.  If you have trouble "staying in the lines", it shows.
Satin stitch and zigzags are more forgiving.

Any stitching will hold your fabric in place.  Any fraying at the edges
would probably be negligible, but you have to decide what "look" you want.

I don't think I'd use paint on a quilt.  It's great for T-shirts, that
will be worn one season, but a quilt will last much longer and probably
sustain more abuse!

Brenda Groelz
Quilter and corn farmer
from Phillips, Nebraska!
(or is that corny quilter?)

 
 
 

Applique Help Needed

Post by Jgm10 » Wed, 27 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Just a word of warning, if you choose Heatn'Bond be sure to use Light and
not regular since the regular is not meant to be sewn through and can gum
up your needle if you do. It's also much stiffer. I actually prefer to use
Aleene's Fusible Web or Wonder Under. Sue M.