Satin Appliqué

Posted by Judy PNW on 4/14/2018 to Tips-Hints
Satin Appliqué

Machine Embroidery Appliqué using a Satin Stitch

One of my favorite things to do with machine embroidery is appliqué. It’s easy and fast and the best way to coordinate your projects. The only negative thing I can think about for machine embroidery appliqué is it’s too fast. You won’t have the time to do “something else” as the next step will be there soon.

I will be discussing four types of machine appliqué in this blog. The first post is about the most common using a satin stitch to finish the edges of the appliqué pieces.

First of all, I keep a basket of scrap fabrics from previous projects to use for appliqué.




The steps for machine embroidery appliqué using satin stitches are very easy.

When we stitch out machine embroidery designs, our machine will stop for each color change. Appliqué works the same way only when the machine stops, it is a signal to do the next step. Most digitizers will use the color RED for your placement stitch. Color BLUE for a tie down and then whatever color they thinks looks good for the satin stitch. I do things a bit different as the Designs Information states what each color stop will accomplish.

I hope I haven’t lost you, as it really is easy and now to prove just that. I attached a butterfly so you can practice.

Butterfly Appliqué for the 4x4 hoop.

First hoop your stabilizer. Different stabilizers are used for different fabric bases.

Tear-away is used more for light projects, where the fabric can hold its shape on its own.

Cut-away is for fabrics like t-shirts that needs a little help holding its shape.

Water Soluble Stabilizer (WSS) is used for a towel or where you will need the stabilizer to provide stability while the project is stitched but you don’t want the stabilizer to show on the back.

I use tear away stabilizer most of the time.

Now back to your butterfly.

Hoop the stabilizer and fabric in a 4x4 hoop. (Try and go with the smallest hoop that project you are embroidering can use.)

Step 1 – This will stitch the butterflies antennas. So, simply choose the color (I used a dark color)

Step 2 – RED color stop but use whatever color will work with your fabric. This step provides an outline of the wings. Now place fabric over the outline making sure it covers the area completely.

Step 3 – BLUE use the same color as before and now the wings will be doubled stitch to hold the fabric piece in place.

Remove hoop from machine and carefully trim around the outside of the stitching. Do NOT remove fabric from hoop.

Step 4 – Put the hoop back on your machine and now using the same color thread, machine satin stitch the wings.

There you are over halfway finished!

Step 5 - RED color stop but use whatever color will work with your fabric. This will outline the butterfly’s body. Place fabric over the outline making sure it covers the area completely.

Step 6 – BLUE use the same color as before and now the body will be doubled stitched to hold the fabric piece in place.

Remove hoop from machine and carefully trim around the outside of the stitching. Do NOT remove fabric from hoop.

Step 7 – Put the hoop back on your machine, use the same color thread, machine satin stitch the body.

You’re done! Wasn’t that easy? Now you can add butterflies to match any of your projects.

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Click on butterfly picture to download file

The next Hints-Tips Blog Post will discuss Raw Edge Appliqué.

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7 Comments

Sandy
Date: 4/14/2018
And a cutting machine makes it even easier and faster!
ILA TURNER
Date: 4/14/2018
I love this discussion, as I too love applique because I get to make the design unique to my taste, and play with thread and fabric at once. The next subject, raw edge applique is especially interesting to me as I've been too much of a chicken to try it. You explain things very well, so I should be able to follow along. Thanks Judy.
Cindy Broome
Date: 4/14/2018
I too love applique. Hve a question because you explained everything so neat and tidy. . . I have heard that you should back your applique piece with interfacing to stop it from maybe unraveling. I have never done it as it seems to add a step to something that I'm so anxious to see! But is that something that I should change in my way of doing it? Would love to hear comments on this. Thanks! Cindy
Judy PNW
Date: 4/14/2018
Cindy, That will be discussed in the Raw Applique post. There is no need to do anything additional with an applique that is finished with satin stitches.
Anna Blake
Date: 4/14/2018
Thank you. I've never done applique in my machine. This will help me get started.
Ginger McClaskey
Date: 4/14/2018
Cindy, it is entirely a matter of opinion, what you like, I have done both. imho I think applique looks better when using a lightweight fusible backing, it seems to wear longer, irons up nicely, gives more of a raised appearance. But that is just me. Thanks for the Applique info Judy, much appreciated.
Gail Beam
Date: 4/14/2018
Hi Judy, I love machine applique too. Thank you so much for the cute butterfly applique.
Bess Kinsey
Date: 4/17/2018
Thank you for all your hard work & sharing

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