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Appliqué – how to!

This week has been very fun, with a lot of meetings as I am involved in so many fantastic projects. However, most of them are not possible to write about yet. What I can say right now is that you will be seeing a lot of new products coming this year, all kind of projects. You will probably not believe it but we are already preparing for Christmas!This week’s sewing consists of making a small present for one of my friends, made in the embroidery hoop. This magic design collection is called HUSQVARNA VIKING® “Pretty Purses in the Hoop” (#171). I made it in my friend’s favorit color, red. Before I put the red silk in the embroidery hoop together with the tear-away stabilizer, I did add an iron-on batting on the fabric to create a better stability and body of the purse. I used one color instead of three, as I love this black metallic thread. The best option for metallic threads is to use a needle with a bigger eye. An INSPIRA™ Topstitch needle is my recommendation. To lower the speed when embroidering can sometimes make a better result and avoid thread breaks. This is however not always necessary, as it depends on the elasticity of the metallic thread. Don´t forget to check back next week to see the result.

My daughter Athina had a day off from school this week and came with me to work, She started on a new sewing project; a new hood sweater. She selected a black fluffy polyester fabric that is very soft. To add a personal touch she added an appliqué. Here is the result, I think she did great!

Sewing appliqués are easy if you have got the right tools. The best presser foot to use is the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot (412 80 09-45), or in clear plastic HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot (413 03 19-45). Read more about the feet in the accessory catalogue, page 59. I can honestly say that this presser foot is one of the top ten presser feet there are. In my opinion a “must have”. It is great that they fit on all our sewing machine groups.

This is how you do appliqués:

  • Select a picture to use or make your own drawing for the appliqué.
  • Print out a copy of the drawing.
  • Copy the drawing on to a double faced iron-on stabiliser using a pen. 
  • Cut the iron on stabiliser around your drawing.
  • Iron on the stabiliser on the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.
  • Cut out the appliqué.
  • Pull off the paper of the iron on stabiliser and iron it on the project, or garment at the position of your choice.
  • Sew with a satin stitch around the edge using the HUSQVARNA VIKING® Open Toe Foot, and a tear-away under the fabric (please see picture of Athina sewing with p.foot)
  • Sew other details with sewing machine stitches, or add small appliqués of fabric for details too.

Have fun and enjoy your sewing!  

Best wishes
Lena

PS: If you have any questions regarding the topic of the week, please just send me an email: lena.kantis@vsmgroup.com (English only).

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  • LENA KANTIS

    Lena Kantis
    I have my office in Sweden, but I do also travel worldwide to teach and to share the Joy of Sewing. The Sew Fun! blog, is sharing all the latest HUSQVARNA VIKING® news, regarding all our sewing products. Lot of inspiration, videos, and pictures for you to get inspired by! Happy Sewing!
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