HELP!! I am so out of my comfort zone. Going to applique my String Circles.
I have only done mostly zig-zag stitches around raw fabric edges. I have to rewind back to St Pat’s Day to remember the first time I tried something different. Blanket stitching. Remember? But this time I wanted to try the applique stitch.
Got my sewing machine ready. Cleaned out the bobbin area. Put in a new needle. Swapped my quarter inch foot for the “F” foot and practiced making a few stitches to see if I needed to adjust anything. Nope. Stitch length seemed about right.
The first string circle I practiced on was one of the yellow ones.
I pulled it from the pile for two reasons. It wasn’t my favorite. Kind of pale looking and I had been thinking it wouldn’t make the cut. Wouldn’t be used in my quilt. And also the strings crinkled when I ironed them. Meaning either bad fabric or bad sewing. So I figured, what the hay, stitch around it to see what happens.
Not happy. Nothing to write home about.
On to the 2nd one. Turquoise/Aqua. A circle I liked and for sure wanted it to be part of my quilt.
I got about the same result. Pulling in around the edges of the circle. Not the flat look I was trying for.
OK.. so what gives.. what was I doing wrong?
Ah, Ha. I know!! Something in my head said “stabilizer”. Some sort of backing. Off I went to dig out what I bought YEARS ago around the same time I purchased my sewing machine (which BTW, embroiders).
Since I was clueless on which did what, I experimented with both, using the same background fabric.
And they both turned out the same. No pulling, no ruffles. So… that is what I needed. A stabilizer. (It appears I spent WAY too much on one of these.) But glad to know I could achieve a flat look.
These aren’t the best applique but with practice and perhaps using my embroidery thread, I should get better at it.
Questions for you applique experts out there.
- What stitch do you use for applique?
- Do you use any special thread?
- Any tips for me, the Newbie?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. 😀