Alternative to raw edge machine applique is turned edge applique, where all the fabric edges are hidden. If you like your edges turned, check out my tutorials on turned edge machine applique with fusible web and turned edge machine applique with interfacing.
4.4. Finally, hide and secure the threads and peal off the embroidery stabilizer.
4.2. When using non-straight line stitch, use one or more layers of embroidery stabilizer to avoid fabric pulling. Use a separate piece of fabric for a test run prior to attaching the applique with the chosen stitch
4.1. Choose your stitch for applique:
1. Straight line stitch - simplest and fastest; strong fraying
2. Blanket stitch - slow; little fraying
3. Zigzag stitch - simple and fast; moderate fraying
4. Satin stitch - slow; no fraying
5. Other decorative stitches - choose your favorite
4. SEW THE APPLIQUE
The last step is to stitch down the applique fabric as fusible web alone is not strong enough to hold the applique for a longer period of time in place or to withstand washing.
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For your convenience, all the key points of this tutorial are summarised in this short video tutorial.
Fusible web, or iron-on adhesive, is a mesh of a solid fabric glue that melts upon heating. This way it can be ironed on the fabric and can attach two fabrics together. For applique, use a light weight paper backed fusible web, with one side covered with paper (see the different options available in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zeland, UK and Germany).
For raw edge machine applique with fusible web, one simply traces the inverted applique outline onto the paper lining of the fusible web, fuses it to the back side of the fabric and cuts out the precise shape. Then one irons the shape onto the background fabric and stitches it in place.
This technique is simple, quick and gives great results with almost all shapes.
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1. TRANSFER THE PATTERN
1.1. Print, scan or trace the applique pattern and cut out the right size design using paper scissors.
1. Printed pattern
2. Your favorite fabrics
3. Light weight paper backed fusible web (see the different options available in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zeland, UK and Germany)
5. Embroidery stabiliser (optional. Used for blanket, zigzag and satin stitches)
1. Sewing machine
2. Paper and fabric scissors
3. Iron and ironing surface
6. Seam ripper or other pointy tool to ease the handling of the tiny applique shapes
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3.2. Put the applique shape on the background fabric with the sticky side down and position correctly.
2.2. Gently press with a hot iron to fuse (follow manufacturer's instructions for best results). Thoroughly go through all the applique areas with the hot iron.
3. STICK TO THE BACKGROUND
2. FUSE WITH THE FABRIC
1.2. Invert the shape and trace it onto the paper lining of the fusible web.
IMPORTANT: trace the inverted (mirror) shape to get the correct final applique orientation for non symmetrical applique pieces.
TIP: trace symmetrical shapes directly onto the paper lining of the fusible web, as shape orientation is not important there.
2.1. Cut out a piece of fusible web with the traced shape on it. Use paper scissors.
TIP: if fusible web detaches from the paper lining, sandwich it with the parchment paper before cutting and shortly press with a hot iron to re-attach.
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2.3. Cut out the exact applique shape from the fusible web backed fabric.
Congratulations! Your applique is finished!
4.3. Stitch around the edge to attach the applique using your chosen stitch. Sew slowly to meet the curves.
TIP: For blanket, satin and zigzag stitch, position the needle just outside the applique edge to avoid needle piercing too close to the edge, which generates excess fabric fraying.
Need some applique pattern to practice on? Check out our patterns that can be used with this method.
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The time spent was totally worth it. You can proudly admire your work! And as with all things in life - practice makes perfect. The next time it will go quicker and the end result will be even nicer. The wonderful thing about appliques - once you master them, a million opportunities opens up! You can customise and embellish your quilts, bags, dresses or any other sewing projects. The possibilities are endless.
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3.1. Peel off the paper lining.
TIP: Scratch the paper with the needle to ease its separation from the fusible web.
Raw edge machine applique with fusible web, also known as fusible applique, is the simplest, the most versatile and the most widely used applique technique. In this comprehensive step by step raw edge applique tutorial, you will swiftly learn to applique any type of shapes in an easy, quick, smart and fun way! Let's get started!
RAW EDGE MACHINE APPLIQUE WITH FUSIBLE WEB
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
3.3. Press with the hot iron to fuse (follow manufacturer's instructions for best results). Thoroughly go through all the applique areas.
In this tutorial we will applique 1.6" x 2.8" baby feet from the "Footprints" applique pattern. This is a small applique, that has 5 extremely tiny toes. We will applique it using the four most commonly used raw edge applique stitches: a straight line, a blanket, a zigzag and a satin stitch. Based on this guide you can choose your favorite stitch for your project.
The first step in making an applique is to transfer the desired applique outline to the paper lining of the fusible web.
Once the applique outline is on the paper lining of the fusible web, attach it to the backside of the applique fabric.
Next step is to attach the fusible web backed applique shape to the background fabric.