Hoop Along–Applique Part Two

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Welcome back. By now you should have your poppy appliqué design and all your embroidery supplies gathered. Just to refresh your memory here is what you need in way of supplies:

Cotton solid for the background fabric

Three shades of red, pink, yellow or white

Tear away stabilizer

40wt rayon thread in desired colors

Embroidery bobbin thread

Temporary adhesive spray

Bent embroidery scissors or snips

If you missed the first post, Applique Part One click here to catch up.

This first stitch out of the poppy design is the test embroidery. Once you know how to stitch it out, you can then stitch this beautiful poppy design onto any item that you like; such as a pillow front, tote bag, table cloth, onto a quilt block, on the back of a denim jacket, to name just a few.

Before You Start the Embroidery

specs_screen_capPrint the document titled ha001d_specs_and_combos.pdf; it’s included in the download with the Poppy Appliqué embroidery designs. This document includes information about each of the embroidery designs such as, number of color changes, order of colors, height, width and stitch count. Most importantly it includes basic instructions for machine embroidery appliqué and an illustrated guide on how the designs fit together. Keep this document beside you as you stitch out the designs.

Press all your fabrics before you start, even the smaller appliqué pieces. It’s difficult to cut creased fabrics accurately; it’s even more difficult to use as appliqués in the embroidery.

Setup your sewing machine for embroidery. If you haven’t changed your sewing machine needle in a while do it now. Start with a brand new embroidery needle. I have used both Schmetz and Inspira with excellent results. Generally size 75 works for most light to medium weight fabrics and size 90 for heavy weight fabrics.

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Also, start with a full bobbin. In fact, be sure to have several bobbins fully wound before you start the project. It’s quite annoying to have to stop to wind a bobbin in the middle of the embroidery process.

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Let’s Get Started
hoop_and_fabricCut the background fabric and tear away stabilizer just large enough to fit the hoop comfortably. Spray one side of the stabilizer with the temporary adhesive spray; position it onto the underside of the fabric, sticky side of stabilizer to wrong side of fabric and finger press to adhere into place. This keeps the fabric nice and smooth as you hoop.

hooped_fabricHoop the fabric and stabilizer. The fabric and stabilizer should be smooth and sit flat in the hoop. Tighten the hoop well, but do not stretch the fabric in the hoop. The hooped fabric shouldn’t be stretched excessively, but it shouldn’t sag either.

Select design ha001d_01. Put the hoop into position onto your embroidery sewing machine. Stitch out the first seven colors.

I am showing design ha001d_01 in my demonstration so that you can see how the entire design stitches out.

Stitch out the first six colors. Check the ha001d_specs_and_combos.pdf document and you will find that the next color in the color order (color 7) is marked with an asterisk (*). At this point some of the design details are stitched along with the first fabric placement outline. Don’t stitch out this color stop yet and don’t change the thread color. This color stop is inserted only to allow you to position the appliqué fabric in place in the hoop.

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Cut a strip from the lightest shade of your appliqué fabrics. Be generous here, the fabric strip must be large enough to cover the area comfortably. Spray the back with the temporary adhesive spray and center over the part that is outlined in red; finger press to hold in place (FYI the part that is outlined in green is only running stitch from one part of the leafy area to the other - to avoid jump stitches).

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boxTo spray small fabric pieces with the temporary adhesive spray, I place them in a cardboard box and spray. This keeps the temporary adhesive spray confined; it doesn’t get on all my stuff.

From this point choose a thread color that will blend in with all the shades of your appliqué fabrics. And don't change thread color until we stitch out the flower center.

Stitch out the next color. This stitches a double running stitch to hold the appliqué fabric strip in place. Remove the hoop from your Embroidery sewing machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop. Trim the excess fabric close to the stitching.

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Put hoop back into position onto your embroidery sewing machine and stitch the next color. This stitches the placement lines for the darkest appliqué fabric.

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Cut fabric strips to cover the appliqué areas. Spray the back with the temporary adhesive spray and center over the outlines; finger press to hold in place. Stitch out the next color. This stitches a double running stitch to hold the appliqué fabric strip in place. Remove the hoop from your Embroidery sewing machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop. Trim the excess fabric close to the stitching.

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Put hoop back into position onto your embroidery sewing machine and stitch the next color. This stitches the placement lines for the medium appliqué color.

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Cut fabric strips to cover the appliqué areas. Spray the back with the temporary adhesive spray and center over the outlines; finger press to hold in place. Stitch out the next color. This stitches a double running stitch to hold the appliqué fabric strip in place. Remove the hoop from your Embroidery sewing machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop. Trim the excess fabric close to the stitching. Put hoop back into position onto your embroidery sewing machine.

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The next two color stops stitch the flower centers. So now you can change thread color. Stitch these out.

The last color does the satin stitch that covers the raw edges on the appliqué fabric. Choose this color to blend with all the appliqué fabrics. Stitch this final color.

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Your appliquéd poppy is finished. Remove the embroidery from the hoop and press. Pressing is very important, it sets the stitches. Trim away any thread tails from the front and back. Then carefully remove the tear away stabilizer. I usually hold the edge of the embroidery with one hand as I tear away the stabilizer with the other.

Join me next week for a discussion on design placement; where and how to position designs accurately. For the smaller hoops I’ll cover how to use the design placement guide that is included with the poppy appliqué embroidery designs.