How To Do A Standard Appliqué in 5 Steps

How To Do A Standard Appliqué in 5 Steps

Hi everyone! My name is Lindsey Griffin. I work at Anita Goodesign as a traveling Educator, as well as part of the Creative Team. I hope this “How to do a Standard Appliqué ” blog post helps you on your journey with us into the wonderful world of machine embroidery!

STEP 1: RUN THE PLACEMENT STITCH

standard appliqué, placement stitch

The first machine step to any type of appliqué is to run the placement stitch. It is important to be able to recognize when your design includes an appliqué. While some designs may start off right away with appliqués, it is equally likely you will come across designs that include appliqué all throughout. Here are two simple ways to identify a placement stitch:

    1. Look at the design’s numbered machine steps
    2. If the stitches go around the appliqué once. In other words, this design step is one-ply.

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The purpose of a PLACEment stitch is to show you where to PLACE the appliqué fabric in your embroidery hoop. By providing a placement stitch for you to use as a guide, we will never leave you guessing on where to place your fabric within the embroidery hoop. Using a placement stitch is especially helpful when you are using scraps of fabric. You can simply lay down a scrap of fabric over the placement stitch to see if it covers it entirely prior to moving on to the next machine step. Often times, we do not give you exact measurements for each appliqué, but instead we suggest you measure as you go by using the placement stitch as a guideline.

STEP 2: PLACE YOUR APPLIQUÉ FABRIC 

appliqué fabric

Before continuing to run the next machine step, you will need to place your appliqué fabric over the placement stitches entirely. The reason for doing this is because the upcoming machine step will secure your appliqué fabric to the project. To be sure that the appliqué fabric stays in the same position while the machine continues to the next step, there are numerous ways to temporarily hold the material in the desired place. Here are a few products we like to use for that purpose:

  1. Temporary adhesive spray
  2. Fabric tape
  3. Pins

During the prototyping process here at Anita, The Creative Team routinely brainstorms ideas on what fabrics to use for appliqués in each collection. One of the most important parts of prototyping is making sure that each appliqué works well on different types of materials. While this can result in some funky looking prototypes, we can at least assure you that you have the freedom to get creative with your appliqué fabric choices.

STEP 3: RUN THE TACKING STITCH 

tacking stitch

After placing your appliqué fabric, you will move on to the next machine step. This step is called a tacking stitch. Depending on the type of appliqué you are doing, the tacking stitch may look different, however they always serve the same purpose. The purpose of a TACKing stitch is to TACK your fabric in place. If you are doing a puffy appliqué, then the first tacking stitch will look very different when compared to a standard appliqué.

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Since this blog post focuses on the standard appliqué technique, here are some sure-fire clues to identifying the tacking stitch for a standard appliqué. Two simple ways to identify a tacking stitch are:

  1. Look at the design’s numbered machine steps.
  2. If the stitches go around the appliqué twice. In other words, the design step is two-ply.

STEP 4:  TRIM AWAY EXCESS MATERIAL 

tacking stitch

Once the appliqué fabric is secured to the project, you should use scissors to trim away the excess appliqué fabric. With a standard appliqué, you should always be sure to trim the fabric up to the tacking stitch. In other words, trim as close as possible. Once the appliqué is trimmed properly, it should look like the photo below.

STEP 4 PART 2:

standard appliqué

If you are ever unsure of how to complete an appliqué technique used in your design, please refer to the step-by-step picture tutorial included with the collection you are stitching. The purpose of the step-by-step picture tutorial is to further your understanding of any and all techniques used throughout the collection.

STEP 5: RUN THE REMAINING EMBROIDERY 

satin stitch

Standard appliqués are completed once the satin stitch outline has finished stitching around all the raw edges. Before the satin stitch outline step is ran, be sure that you have trimmed around the entire appliqué as suggested in Step 4. Now you are ready to get out there and conquer any of our standard appliqués.

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