Application is a great way for old clothing to use bits and pieces of fabric or give new life. To make wonderful homemade presents, it can be used to spruce up towels and pillowcases. Until producing hair bows, most bow makers are even embroidering on ribbons! I’ve always felt it’s my way of “going green.” Below, step by step, I’m going to walk you through how to apply an embroidery machine. That embroidery machine operates differently, and every embroiderer wants to do little different things. This is a general outline that should remove fear from your first application project for embroidery.

I strongly recommend that you select a simple design for the application. By searching the internet, you can find several free ones. Once you have selected your project, mount it onto your embroidery machine with your fabric.

Prepare the cloth you’ll stitch on. I always advise that you use dense muslin until you have mastered the techniques. It is usually cheap and easy to sew on, and errors can be seen easily. Use the interface of good quality as with any other project. I’m also planning my fabric to be added at this stage. My computer sews a square measuring 4 inches by 4 inches; I slice a square of tissue to be added. I like cutting it to match my machine’s sewing window because I know I’m not going to be too low on material. It’s only a personal preference. To be applications of any scale, you can easily cut the cloth. You need it to be bigger than you need to implement it.

Hoop your fabric at the edge and put your hoop in your embroidery unit. In your embroidery unit, mount your fabric. I also line up the other colors that I need to use next to my machine in the order in which they will be used. This makes them easy to catch, and no effort to hunt for a thread is lost.

Start your plan. The first color sewn in a single stitch will be an outline. This will inform you where to put the fabric to be added. You’re going to sew several colors in your pattern. Here’s the secret; all the changes in color are in order for the machine to make the stops necessary for each step of the application process. I encourage you to switch the thread colors while you are practicing the system before you understand the process. The final color of the thread is the one on your finished project that will “show.” Your machine will stop when this color stops, and you want to make a change of color. Place the fabric to be added over the sewn outline before changing the color. DO NOT Take THE FABRIC FROM THE HOOP. To do so, you should take the hoop from the frame, but DO NOT REMOVE THE FABRIC FROM THE HOOP. I like using basting spray (used in quilting) to secure the fabric to be securely placed. The basting spray prevents the thread flowing as the needle sews; it’s just a personal preference.

Do this now if you haven’t changed the light. Begin the computer again; it will now stitch another illustration directly on top of the other outline onto the applique cloth. Once the outline is finished, your machine will stop, and you will want to change your color. You need to change the color of your thread and delete your hoop from your computer at this stage. DO NOT REMOVE THE FABRIC FROM THE HOOP. DO NOT REMOVE THE FABRIC FROM THE HOOP. Once the hoop has been withdrawn from the frame, slice around the applique fabric around the sewing outline. You’re going to want to leave a little of the fabric to capture the satin stitching. When you slice it too close to the template or cut the stitching diagram, it will break over time and get unidentified. It will hang over the satin stitching if you leave too much, and you can always take this down. Leaving too much cloth is really better than taking off too much in the beginning while you are training. You can discover your choice, the more you work. I like to use embroidery scissors when chopping off the material as they are thin and without slicing it, I can get back to the design stitching.

Place the hoop back and start the pattern in your machine. Now you’re on the last thread. Until finished with the satin stitch, many computers will do an outline stitching. Remove the hoop from your machine once the satin stitching is done.

Clear from the hoop the cloth and change some threads and/or material. Your first plan submitted was contested! If your first plan turned out to be fine, don’t be disappointed, it takes some practice.

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