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Sep 19, 2010

Tip: Applique Placement while Stitching

Sep 19, 2010
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I'm working on stitching the many intricate appliques on the Cookie Monster stocking today.  I didn't realize I typically always place the applique shape on the left side {of where I plan to zigzag} and the foundation on the right side.  I never consciously knew this until I accidentally switched it up and then struggled with keeping the needle placed on the shape correctly. 

Maybe I like the applique on the left because I'm left-handed?

TIP:  Make a mental note of which side you like the applique to be on... Consistency here makes stitching easier!
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3 comments:

  1. I like it on the left and I am right-handed. I think it's because I always do my best to sew with the "edge" on the right, whether I am piecing quilts or sewing pajamas. I use the throat plate to help with hems and seams, and that means--edge on the right!

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  2. This is a great reminder. I also have a preferred side (the opposite of yours) but it's because of how the needle placement changes with different width zigzags.
    The other tip I found really helpful is to stop with the needle down on the outside of curves when you have to move the fabric so you don't have gaps.

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  3. I agree! I like the applique on the left, too and I'm right-handed. It also helps to have a clear applique foot like yours so you can see what you are doing. When I started sewing I would use the universal metal foot and had a tough time seeing where I was going. :o)

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