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« on: November 11, 2012 01:27:56 AM »

I hope this is the right board for this. If not, can a mod move it for me. Thanks.

I am making my two nieces matching aprons and chef hats for Christmas and I want to applique a monogram for them. I have been researching needle turn, as I don't have access to wonder under or similar stuff. I can't find or reproduce what I am looking for. (I need a N, a H and a S for my daughter)

I have looked at reverse applique but I am using cotton, which frays alot so I don't think that would work.

If I was to pin the hell out of it, attach the applique with a running stitch and then zig zagged over the edge, would this work?

Any ideas, I have till the end of this month before everything gets shipped to them.
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012 08:47:30 AM »

Needle turn applique just involves folding under the edge of your shape a 1/4 inch and then using a ladder stitch to secure it to the backing. I saw a tutorial in one of my MIL's quilting mags, though there was a certain "flick of the wrist" that was necessary in the tute. While never having used this method myself, I would just press under the edges, pin it to my backing and ladder stitch away. For making the letters themselves, you just need to print off big letters with a computer and use them as a template, cutting your fabric to 1/4 inch larger than your shapes.

For applying an applique by machine, you've got it right. Usually, you use a very short zigzag so that it effectively becomes what's called a satin stitch. Depending on the size and shape of the appliques, you may want to use a narrower zigzag than the standard width. Do a few trial runs on scraps and see what looks best and/or is easiest to sew.And there is no rule stating that you can't also fold under the edge 1/4 inch when using this method if you're concerned about bits of frayed fabric being visible.

I hope that helps Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2012 10:18:26 AM »

Thanks for the reply.
I had considered needle turn, but wanted to do this by machine. I have other ideas that will be done by needle turn.

If anyone is interested, I found a video on YouTube showing that it was possible. This is done by interfacing the fabric with iron-on interfacing, then drawing your picture and then cutting that out. You then pin this and use a zig-zag/satin stitch to attach.

I have to wait until I find my interfacing, or wait until my new stuff is delivered.
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