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« on: January 05, 2005 10:58:04 AM »

I have made a couple basic projects with ties and such, and I have been looking at projects that other people have made on different websites and noticed awesome embroidery that they use to decorate purses. Basically what I'm looking to do is make a shape, like a sun for example, in a different type fabric than the main project, and sew it to the fabric using a really thick outline of thread. I believe that this is some sort of embroidery, but as I am new to this, I could be wrong. I would love it if someone could help me with this. If my explanation is confusing I could try to post a better example of what I'm looking for.

--also I was looking to do this on a machine--
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2005 11:12:47 AM »

One way you could do this is to iron on the shape using an an adhesive product (I've had good luck with this stuff called stitch witchery). You cut it out in the same shape as the piece you want to attatch and they iron it together. Make sure you fold under the edges it you want them to look crisp. Then you could use embroidery thread to stitch on an outline, and you wouldn't have to worry about the edge stitching being totally functional.

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2005 11:31:56 AM »

thanks for the advice! I think that I have discovered what I'm looking for...maybe. I think the term aplique is what I am wanting to do with my project. Does anyone know anything about how to do it or what it is exactly??
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2005 12:36:37 PM »

You can applique by hand or by machine. Both options have several different ways of doing it.

hand quilting methods

machine quilting methods

There isn't really a 'best' way, as it depends on the fabric, shape and personal skills of the stitcher, but I'd try the freezer paper method for hand stitching or the zigzag or satin stitch for machine applique.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2005 04:39:12 PM »

Thanks so much!! I think that satin stitching was exactly what I was looking for. The website gives a great overview about each of the stitches, but I was wondering if the satin stitch is just a very close and tight zig zag stitich. Thanks for all of the help!!  Smiley
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