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From: Anza54
Date: 04-02-2007, 11:57 AM (1 of 6)
Good Morning, I am in the tail end of a long over due project. I want to applique some cut out apples from the material I am using onto some kitchen towels. The printed apples are about 3+" in size. I have heard that if you using fusible interfacing it helps. Any suggestions?? i have never appliqued anything before. Looking forward to any help I need to desperately get this done so I can move on to the quilt I want to make. Thanks all.:smile:

User: Anza54
Member since: 03-13-2007
Total posts: 63
From: DorothyL
Date: 04-02-2007, 12:31 PM (2 of 6)
There are a lot of options.
Interfacing will give the applique a little dimension.
I often fuse interfacing to the applique then fuse Heat and Bond (use the kind for fabric of course) to that and fuse it to the fabric.
You can then do a satin stitch, zig zag or straight stitch around it and it won't fray because of the interfacing and/or heat and bond.
Without the interfacing you get a flatter look.
The heat and bond makes it very flat. You can do without it and just satin stitch around the applique for kind of in between look. But that is a little tricky sometimes.
It really depends on what you want.
On a towel I think I would use interfacing to give it a little poof. Then, since it the first time you have done this, I would use the Heat and Bond to hold it in place while applying it to the towel.
You can also sew fusible interfacing to the applique, right sides together -- so the fusible side faces the applique front, slit the interfacing and turn it then press it so the interfacing fuses to the towel and sew around the edge.
That method may be OK for straight edges and simple figures but I think there may be a lot of room for error. Turning it perfectly when you can't press until you are ready to fuse would be a problem for me, I know. Maybe it would work better if you trimming the interfacing a bit smaller so part of the applique folds under.
User: DorothyL
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From: dmoses
Date: 04-02-2007, 12:36 PM (3 of 6)
This is how I do it.

I use a lightweight fusible interfacing. I cut the applique with a slight (1/8 - 1/4 inch) seam allowance. I sew a piece of interfacing to the applique, fusible side facing the right side of the fabric, and following the seam line of the applique. I then trim from the seam allowance any excess interfacing and fabric to about 1/8 inch.

Cut a slit in the back of the interfacing, and turn the applique right side out. You should now have an apllique with a finished edge and a fusible backing. Then you can fuse the applique to the towel, and stitch around the outside using whatever stitch you like.

You can also use wonder under(double sided fusible). With this kind of application, the applique will be a little more stiff, and won't have a finished edge. You would simply fuse the wonder under to the back of the applique, then fuse it to the towel, and sew around the edge.

Hope this helps. :smile:
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
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From: Anza54
Date: 04-02-2007, 12:54 PM (4 of 6)
Thank you for the suggestions. I tried it with the fusible interfacing stitching both right sides together and slitting the back. First one looks like it will work. I have tried to pick the biggest apples on the material to use so finished stitching on applique would hopefully be easier. I had an awful experience using Heat and Bond once, didn't realize it was the NO-Sew kind.Oh Geez. I gummed up my sewing machine so bad. Luckily it wasn't one of my favorite sewing machines. I would have been ticked off if I had done that with my Better Machine. Learned a very important lesson. READ First :smile:
User: Anza54
Member since: 03-13-2007
Total posts: 63
From: jessie s
Date: 04-03-2007, 07:24 PM (5 of 6)
When I applique I use the temporary spray glue. Works for me. But spray in a box. At first I just sprayed in the air holding the piece in front of me. Problem is I forgot the light swithch was nearby. Had a very sticky light switch for a while. jessie s
User: jessie s
Member since: 02-26-2007
Total posts: 46
From: bridesmom
Date: 04-05-2007, 09:03 PM (6 of 6)
Puts a whole new meaning on 'sticky fingers'. I save the newswrapping (news paper without the ink) that some stores use for wrapping up fragile stuff and lay it out on a table, put my piece down on it, then spray. It works for a couple of good shots, then I just toss it. Figure I may as well use the paper for something.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
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