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« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2006 12:59:17 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: January 25, 2006 01:04:05 PM »

Thanks so much for the awsome tutorial seaofstars!!!!  I've been wanting to try my hand at appliques for some time.  Now I am really wanting to get out my sewing machine and give it a try.

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« Reply #32 on: January 25, 2006 01:05:23 PM »

Excellent tutorial!
I love Wonder Under, too!

But when appliqueing on lighter weight fabrics that are destined for garments that will get washed a lot, I lengthen my stitch length a little bit. It's not quite so solid a line, but it doesn't burden the lighter fabric so that the base wears holes along the edges of the applique.

It's pretty sad when you make a wonderful applique on a child's play outfit and then the applique is so much stronger than the base fabric, that the base fabric begins to wear and eventually disintegrate just along the edges of the applique.

For a fuller coverage even with fewer stitches per inch, try fuzzy nylon thread (the serger's best friend), which fluffs out when the tension is lightened, although it will give a matte look instead of shiny.

The applique fabric isn't going to unravel because it's been sealed with the Wonder Under, so the edge of the applique doesn't have to be completely covered. For a charming country look, you can iron your applique down using Wonder Under, and then just go over the edges with a decorative hand embroidery stitch. A simple blanket stitch (I think that's what it's called) goes fast and looks terrific, too.
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« Reply #33 on: January 25, 2006 01:28:59 PM »

You can also use a lightweight interfacing to help strengthing lighter weight fabrics. I've also been told the stitch-and-tear stuff works well too, but I have yet to use it.
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« Reply #34 on: January 25, 2006 03:13:00 PM »

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« Reply #35 on: January 25, 2006 06:18:01 PM »

I was always wondering how to do that and not screw it up! Thanks a million....I can hear my thread costs soaring already...
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oh honey, all supply costs will skyrocket the more you read things on this forum!  It's a given.   Grin
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« Reply #37 on: January 26, 2006 05:46:08 PM »

oh honey, all supply costs will skyrocket the more you read things on this forum!  It's a given.   Grin

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« Reply #38 on: January 26, 2006 08:33:04 PM »

Oh thank-you so much for this tute! You have no idea how you are saving me and my poor little fingertips!
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« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2006 08:32:20 PM »

wonder under is fabulous!  Grin
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