Monday, February 25, 2013
Machine Applique Tips
I love making things for babies. I made some sweet little bunny and robot theme bibs. I used my plain old sewing machine for doing the appliques. And I had no idea my machine could do applique so nicely.
Here are a few tips. First of all, I used a zig zag stitch. But I didn’t use the settings recommended for normal zig zags. I made the stitches closer together (smaller width) and shorter (shortened the length). So there are my settings:
Also, when going around the corners, I made sure to stop at the outside of a zig zag stitch. That makes a nice, square corner.
It made the stitches look smooth. I can’t believe it took me so long to figure out I didn’t need a special machine to do this type of applique.
I did the bunny’s cheeks and nose out of jersey scraps and so I just did some varied ‘sketchy’ stitching around those features.
And the robot bib’s applique was made using the same techniques as this robot shirt.
These are fun to make. I do custom bib orders; I just finished up a first birthday bib for a friends’ little guy a few weeks ago. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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