Yesterday I mentioned that I would share with you my machine applique tips, because quilters would write and ask about the stitches I use on my applique from time to time.
Well, you probably won’t be all that impressed after I share with you my little secret! And really, it truly is no big patent-able idea! On my published quilts, my method of choice for applique is blanket stitched fusible applique.
I set my blanket stitches teeny tiny in order to achieve the neat and tidy look. The stitch width and length are between 1.4-1.6 on my Bernina on the fabric. For fabrics that tend to fray easily, I use 1.6. Otherwise, I try to set my stitches as small as possible.
Up close and personal: You can see in this next picture the effect of buttonhole stitching with YLI silk 100. To me, the stitches look neater with a finer weight thread. I also like the fact that stitches stitched with the finer weight thread do not have an overpowering effect on the overall applique. You can see that the stitches penetrate about 3 threads into the fabric weave. I generally do not go more than three or four threads with the width penetration. And with a much shorter stitch length, I was able to nicely follow the shape of the applique shapes. Undoubtedly with tiny stitches, it takes more time to cover the territory so to speak, but it’s worth the extra effort and time:
Joan asked about the foot I use – I almost exclusively use my 20C foot because its wide opening affords me the best visibility. I would imagine any foot you have that has a wide opening and can accommodate the widths of the blanket stitch would work.
So, there you have it. My not-so-impressive secrets are out. Your thoughts (especially after you try my method)?