Types of Machine Applique

Hi people!  Happy New Year.  I hope your new year is off to a good start. I was thinking the other day about working out an applique project that provided the opportunity to use multiple types of machine applique and determining which to use for what.  I would of course provide a pattern or worksheet and a YouTube video for you if I did that.  Would you like that?

“Canterbury Silk”. This quilt won several ribbons in national competitions. The flowers and birds are stitched raw edge silk with narrow matching color blanket stitch. They have not frayed.

Sew what would I include if I make this project?  I think it would be something like this:

  1. Prepared turned edge applique stitched in such a way that it approaches the look of fine hand turned-edge applique.
  2. The rest would be stitched raw edge appliques:
    • narrow blanket stitch and/or vari-overlock stitch in matching thread colors
    • double blanket stitch with 40 weight thread
    • broiderie perse applique

Stitching down a broiderie perse cutout from the Hoffman challenge fabric.

    • decorative stitch with heavy weight thread
    • straight stitch leaving a deliberate edge that would eventually fray for texture

wool applique on wool with decorative machine stitched edges. Other fabrics work for this method too.

Sew happy everyone!  Have fun in your studios and enjoy the whole of 2023.