I finally worked out the multihooping yesterday for my corner appliqués on the lone star wallhanging, hooped my quilt, stitched the placement line, fused down the appliqué, and started sewing the decorative stitch.
Guess what I spent this morning doing? Yep. Frogging.
I used a batik for my test sew out, and I guess there’s just enough difference between the thread count on it (or the tighter weave) that my intended fabric (not batik) shrank a little more when steam fusing the appliqué down.
As you can likely see, the decorative stitching is right on the very edge of the appliqué, but not biting into enough to safely secure it.
That was enough messing around with it for me, so after carefully ripping it out, I’ve proceeded to machine appliqué.
For this task, I adore my Bernina 740 above all other machines. While the machine has 9mm feed dogs, I use a 5.5mm open toe foot, and a 5.5mm stitch plate for appliqué, along with the Bernina yellow bobbin case. It’s a high tension case, and pulls more thread to the backside. I also use it exclusively for machine embroidery, or any decorative stitching.
While I could use my Bernina 430, which is a 5.5mm machine, it doesn’t have a thread cutter, and while I don’t mind that for most sewing, for machine appliqué it’s a real luxury to have. And of course, none of my vintage machines have a blanket stitch. Or a knee lift! I cannot do appliqué without a knee lift.
I am using a longer stitch length and width than I typically do, 2.70 long and 2.75 wide, and Isacord thread versus Bottom Line, because I used a different fusible this time (Steam-a-Seam Light) that I haven’t used before and I don’t know how well it holds up.
I’m not sure why I was dreading doing the appliqué. There’s not that much of it, and I actually quite enjoy the process.