Ok, I'm a relatively new sewer and I attempted my first applique the other day on some onesies for a friend's baby shower. I made the cutest little animal cutouts (I wish I had a picture!) and used Heat N Bond Lite to attach them to the onesies. Great, no problem! Then I attempted to satin stitch the appliques.... I must be doing something wrong. The fish, which had very little detail was not a big problem, although I did have some bunching. But the lion, which had a bit of small detail to stitch, was horrendous. The onesie would keep getting caught and pushed under the needle... bunching, putting holes in the onesie... bleck! I basically ruined it. I stopped before I ruined any more of them.
Then it occured to me... maybe I need a stablizer on the back, but wouldn't that be too scratchy for delicate baby skin?
I guess my big question is.... can I just straight stitch over the applique so the needle doesn't have to go through the onesie by itself? I know it could lead to some minor fraying on the edges, but I actually think that would look kind of cute. Plus, I could whip the rest up in no time if I straight stitch... satin stitch seems to take forever! (And the baby shower is on Saturday!).
Sorry for such a long drawn out question, but I'm hoping you sewing/applique experts can help a first timer! What am I doing wrong and what are my options! Thanks in advance!