Find the perfect stitch for your applique project by creating an applique stitch sampler.

October 13, 2016


Hi, I'm Jennifer Keltner with today's Machine Minute brought to you by Baby Lock and the Symphony Serger. Today we're going to talk about applique stitch options. We've talked before about creating a stitch sampler and I've done that, but I'd like to suggest that you go one step further before you begin your applique project. What I've done is taken my stitch sampler and put it to work by cutting out a few extra pieces of applique from my project and testing those stitches on the fabrics. Here you can see I started by trying the feather stitch. And this stitch, while I love it, I don't think really shows off my applique in the best way because I don't like how the stitch is two-sided. My next step is to test the blanket stitch and this is a great folk art-looking stitch. The original stitch I did here is the settings on the machine but I felt like it was a little too narrow and a little too close together, so I adjusted the width and length and tried again. I was happy with this look. If you're looking for something where the machine stitch isn't the star of your applique and you want it to fade in the background, then consider using a very narrow zigzag stitch. This is a great all-purpose applique stitch, and I just narrowed down width to 2.0 millimeters and the length to 1.4 to get this stitch. And if I was going to use it, I would choose thread that would match my applique (so in this case I would use orange thread on my project), and it's a great way to secure shapes if you're using fusible applique. But there's another option: if you like the look of mock hand-applique, if you're preparing your pieces like you would for traditional applique with freezer paper and turning the raw edges under, using the blind hem stitch is a great option along with monofilament thread. And here the straight stitch just skims along the edge of the applique and takes a bite into the applique, a few more straight stitches and it takes a bite. With monofilament thread what this does is gives you a virtually invisible applique and gives you a little lift along the edge that's more like traditional applique when you're finished. Choosing the right applique stitch for your project is very subjective and it depends on the look that you like and what makes you happy. So do a little work ahead of time and you'll be happier with your finished project. It will look just like you want it to. Have fun!