Free Project from Patrick Lose

Posted by on September 11, 2010 | No Comments

Whimsical quilter, Patrick Lose has created an outstanding Halloween design collection, featuring several machine embroidery applique designs, for Amazing Designs.

AND, to top it off, he created a FREE project using his collection! Greet ghosts, goblins, and guests of all kinds with a spooktacular wall hanging in classic Patrick Lose style!


Be Successful with In-The-Hoop Applique

Posted by on June 1, 2010 | No Comments

A friend and co-worker of mine, Debbie Cleek, wrote a short piece about tips for machine embroidery applique. I’ve struggled with this myself and, thanks to her help, am now having much more success. Here is what Debbie had to say:
In the hoop appliqué can add a lot of drama to designs in just a bit of time. Let me share with you a couple of secrets I have learned to make in-the-hoop appliqué successful.

Tame difficult fabrics. Tissue lamé has beautiful metallic properties that can really kick your design up a notch or even two! But, if you have ever worked with this fabric, you know it ravels-a lot! Don’t count it out just yet, there are a couple of things you can do to tame this fabric. If you have fusible tricot interfacing, press it to the back of the lamé. It will give the fabric a bit more body and help tame the raveling. If you don’t have the fusible tricot, you can also use No-Show Mesh Fusible stabilizer.

Eliminate fuzzy poke through edges. One of the best purchases I have ever made was a pair of appliqué scissors. The unique bill lifts your fabric and prevents accidental nicks. These scissors are also great for trimming close to any edge stitching. This gives you a nice clean, close edge the satin stitching is sure to cover.

Increase the life span of your appliqué. One of the most common uses of appliqué is children’s wear. Nothing is cuter than a little puppy or kitty appliquéd on a romper or onesie. These items usually undergo numerous washings which can be hard on the appliqué. Give the appliqué a bit more stability by ironing some Steam-a-Seam on to the back of the appliqué fabric. Then, complete the appliqué as usual and press it when finished. This will attach the appliqué to the garment and help it stand up to the multiple washings. Your little one will likely out grow the romper before the appliqué starts to work its way loose.

Don’t let your fabric run away from the appliqué. It’s not uncommon to use those little scraps of fabric that the “normal” person would justtoss in the trash for your appliqué. However, they can at times be hard to handle. Keep a Sewing Craft Glue Stick handy, use it to attach those small fabrics in just the right place, and stay put!

Well, I have shared with you some of her secrets for appliqué. Do you have any tips or secrets you would like to share?