When I heard the comment made by his friend, I decided then and there that if I learned anything, anywhere I would pass it on. Some things I've taught myself, other things I've picked up here and there along the way. I was asked if I would post this on my blog so that others could learn it. Here you go:
Machine Applique......different ways to do it.
I cut out my template and trace it onto fusible web using a pencil that I know will not vanish when I put the iron to it. Keep testing until you find the one that works for you. I use a graphite pencil that I have found at Staples. I keep the package at my light table so that they are available when I need them.
use an applique foot on your machine while sewing. It makes it much easier to see what you are doing.
Never start stitching at a point. Start on a straight side. When you get to the end..................STOP!!!!
Do not backstitch. Do not use your thread cutter! Lift the foot and pull your thread out just like I have done. Then pull the top threads to the back and tie them off. Don't backstitch. It isn't very attractive. I've done it, I shouldn't have done it, but I did. It really took away from the finished work.You can use a little piece of fusible interfacing over the stitches so that they lie behind the work and not show through the background fabric.
From here on, I would strongly recommend that you use a stabilizer on the back of your work. It could be a stitch and tear, a washable stabilizer, but use something so that you have some --well, stability! This next "bit" is all about the APPLIQUE stitch. Mine is built in on my machine. It is a tiny stitch and I really like it.
Once again start on one side and go all the way around the piece. Notice how tiny the stitches are? You finish this off the same as the raw edge.