Does someone on this board do wonderful applieque? I'm trying more of it lately but have a terrible time with machine applique on points...like pointy stars. When I get to the point of the star I can't seem to get the point to remain pointy & then my stitches overlap each other when I get to the other side. I think I'm suppose to make my stitch length shorter when approaching the point & will try that on my next applique. I would love to find a you-tube that shows...slowly... how to get to that point & over to the other side. I've been searching for several days on the web with no luck. My little October Fish on the "New Fish for October" thread looks like something has been nibbling on her top fins. I really want to learn to do better than that.
I don't have an answer, but are you using a machine blanket stitch, narrow zig-zag or a satin stitch. Maybe you can use that to narow down your you-tube or google search.
Thanks Angela. I really like to use the blanket stitch & will try that in my web search.
This tutorial on machine applique gives hints on how to deal with both inside and outside points when using either satin or blanket stitches.
I just took a fusible applique workshop yesterday. Among a lot of other tips, we learned that zig zag and satin are much better for points than blanket stitch. Try making your stitches smaller and be sure to pivot at the point with your needle down in the background fabric not the appliqued piece. Hope this helps.
Bozie, that's a great tutorial. I've already learned a lot from it & will study it closer in the next few days. Thanks...I can always count on you!
Missmommy, I've only tried the satin stitch as practice but my stitches seem to curl up in the fabric. I read today that a stabilizer on the back helps with that. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tips.
nik - try a tear away (non fusible) stabilizer and don't make your satin stitch too narrow or too close.
Nicki, I used the stabilizer on the back of my fish and it seems to make a difference.
Nicki...instead of stabilizer try Golden threads paper or white gift type tissue paper,you just need a little more than the fabric to grab hold of. I use Golden thread for lots of things like applique.It tear away so good.
Oh May, I have some of that Golden threads paper & tissue paper. I will try it with my next one. Thanks!
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