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Appliqué

How to save your appliqué templates:  Purchase 5 x 7 brown envelopes or larger. Label envelope front- Pattern, Date, Content. Use your templates to draw on front of envelope the pattern and insert templates in the envelope. This way you will know exactly what your templates in the envelope look like if you choose to use them again. - Lorraine in New York

Before I press freezer paper to my fabric, I punch a small hole in the paper. After I have finished the appliqué, I can put my needle in the hole on the freezer paper, and it pulls right off. - Ellie in Idaho

When doing hand appliqué and traveling, simply place your bobbins with the color threads needed and place them in a medicine bottle. Drill tiny holes through the top of bottle and pull up your thread colors. They will stay neat and easy to use! One medicine bottle holds approximately 7 bobbins of color. - Nancy in Florida

To make a handy appliqué board, I used a polyurethane cutting board and hot glued a piece of sandpaper all around, cut it to fit, and it even has a handle for hanging or carrying...works great! - Bev in Ohio

Glad Press 'N Seal is a great tool for appliqué - trace your pattern onto it and use it as an overlay for positioning - it is terrific! - Sharon in Montreal

I have my local copy shop spiral bind my all appliqué pattern books so that when I want to copy a design onto my template material...the book lies flat. - Deb in Minnesota

When making templates, I use a medium sand paper to cut out the template patterns. This does not slip around or move while cutting on the material. - Mary in Colorado

When appliquéing small pieces, make an overlay from Glad Press N' Seal as a placement guide - it is easily maneuvered and allows easy placement. - Sharon in Montreal

If you trace appliqué patterns onto fabric be sure to do it on the wrong side so the lines won't show if you miss cutting on the line. - Ferrell in California

I like to blanket stitch with my machine around my appliqués, but hate to stop and start all the time. To avoid this I have found that I can blanket stitch around one piece, stop and lift the needle, change to a straight stitch and proceed around the edge until I have reached the next point where I again lift the needle and change back to the blanket stitch. It does not hurt anything to have those extra stitches, but it does eliminate all those threads that have to be tucked in on the back. - Sandy in Idaho

I use a padded board for appliqué, it sits nicely on my lap. - Ginger in Massachusetts

I like to appliqué but to appliqué onto a block draws it up and therefore it is no longer square. To counteract this I always cut my base block at least a half inch bigger than I want the finished block to be, than square it up after it is done. - Ferrell in California

When doing machine appliqué, use a lightweight thread in your bobbin. This will lessen the bulk, especially if you are using any type of stabilizer. - Sue in Michigan

I like to add flat puffiness to 3D flowers. I cut two pieces of the same fabric for each petal, sew them right sides together, leaving an opening at the base to turn right side out to line each petal. Then cut one piece of thin batting and two scraps of paper just smaller than the petal. Sandwich the batting between the two pieces of paper and using long tweezers, wiggle the sandwich into the petal. Pull the paper out with the tweezers gently. The petal is ready to appliqué or just tack the back down so it wont flop around. - Bertha in Tennessee

When doing reverse appliqué, I find it very helpful to lightly spray with sizing then iron before you start cutting and turning your fabric." - Melody in California

If you cut your pieces for appliqué on the bias they will be much easier to turn. - Kathleen in Michigan

Plastic gallon milk jugs are great for cutting small appliqué templates out of. - Mary Ann in Winnipeg

When I work with small pieces for appliqué, I work on a rigid placemat I got at the dollar store - if I get glue on it, so what, and it's easy to carry the small threads left on it to the garbage.  I wipe it clean when done and I'm ready for the next time. - Sharon in Montreal, Canada

Check greeting cards for great pictures of future appliqué quilts! - Mary Ann in Winnipeg

I use a glue stick to position appliqué pieces and while paper piecing.  It doesn't displace the fabric or get in the way like pins can. - Clarissa in Arizona

Should you ever use  invisible thread for machine appliqué, do not use a hot iron on it!  It will melt, but not come apart until it's washed!  Too late, I learned to use a cool iron or better yet, finger press the appliqués, and iron carefully if you must press the background. - Su in California

Old CD's can be cut with a pair of craft scissors into small appliqué templates. - Mary Ann in Winnipeg

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