To avoid overlapping stitches when I machine-appliqué, I pull the bottom thread to the top of the fabric so I can see where I started stitching. As I sew, I hold the bottom thread straight out to the side to prevent tangles and snarls. After I've sewn around the appliqué shape, I pull the thread to the back and knot it for a secure finish.

-Pat Vacek

Houston, Texas

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