Monday, February 25, 2013

Machine Applique Tips

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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.

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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:

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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.
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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.
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I did the bunny’s cheeks and nose out of jersey scraps and so I just did some varied ‘sketchy’ stitching around those features.

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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 for information.

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  1. These look great! I definitely think it takes some practice to get this skill down. You know what you're doing!

  2. That's my machine! Only mine is a 36. I love how heavy duty and dependable it is. Great tips.

  3. Oh my! These are absolutely adorable!!

  4. very cute. my machine and has only three zig zag options. not as neat as your look but fortunately works okay! what kind is your machine? i'm thinking of upgrading...

    1. Mine is just a Kenmore 28. It isn't fancy, but I have had it for almost 20 years. I would love to upgrade, too! But I can't complain about mine.

  5. Very cute, thanks for the tips! I'm following you via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Fluster Buster

  6. These are so cute! I love the idea of doing bibs! I taught myself how to do appliques not so long ago using the zipper zig-zag stitch. I have a few tutorials/patterns on my blog if you want to check them out:

  7. Love these they are super cute!

    I would absolutely love for you to link up at the Friday Baby Shower, the new linky party for all things
    new baby – Alice @ Mums Make Lists xxx

  8. Those are great. I love them!


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