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Will my machine applique hold up if I don't use double sided fusible interfacing? 
Stephanie writes... Hi. I'm working on my first quilt. I have added my daughter's name to the quilt using fusible interfacing to the back side of …

Applique and pre-quilted fabric 
At this stage in my life, I do not intend to purchase any type of long arm quilter, or even a new machine. However, I do still enjoy applique quilting. …

Straight of grain and fusible web 
Do I need to worry about straight of grain if I am using fusible for my applique? Also, in using monofilament thread do I start/stop with small stitches? …

Using monfilament thread for top stitching 
I use monofilament thread in both the bobbin and the top threads to top stitch runners and placemats because they have two different fabrics and it saves …

When do I quilt my applique? 
Should I quilt blocks before I applique? How do I keep my blocks flat after applique and quilting. Reply Personally, I always stitch the applique …

Qualities of monofilament thread? 
For future heirlooms, if you use monofilament thread does it deteriorate? Reply My personal experience with monofilament thread is that my quilts …

Have you tried the sticky water soluble stabilizer? 
I often use this type of stabilizer for machine embroidery--I don't have to hoop fabric, just the stabilizer. I wondered if you could use this stabilizer …

Bobbin thread is showing on machine applique 
Why does my bobbin thread come through the top while appliqueing? I adjust my settings, pull the bobbin thread up and begin... after a few stitches, …

Help with 'French Wire' for machine applique 
Question I have been reading American quilt/applique books and there has been a brief mention of French Wire - to help when machine sewing curves on applique. …

Thread choice for invisible machine applique 
Question Hi Julie, One more question, if I may :) Why would you choose monofilament over using a matching cotton thread such as DMC or Masterpiece …

Do I need to use monofilament thread for invisible machine applique? 
Question I am new to this style of machine applique and would like to use only cotton thread throughout my quilt and don't care for monofilament thread. …

Fabric glue for invisible machine applique 
Question Which fabric glue do you use that will wash away after I have affixed it to the applique back? Reply I don't use any specialty 'fabric glue'...just …

Fusible web makes needle gummy 
Question This is my first time appliqueing a quilt. I used Steam-A-Seam to attach my flowers to the blocks. When I am sewing the needle gets sticky …

Stabilizers for Machine Applique 
I am going to do my first machine applique. Is it okay to use copier paper as a stabilizer? I have the pieces anchored with Steam A Seam and am going …

Blanket Stitch Problem 
When using a Quilting 100% cotton thread, my blanket stitch appears distorted on the Back.. is this a problem? The blanket stitch on view looks fine. …

Gummy needle from machine applique 
Does Elmer's glue ever cause a gummy needle? Reply I've put in hundreds of hours with this technique and never had a gummy needle. I think this is …

Removing Fused Appliques 
I used a heavy fusible on a quilt and it is just very very stiff. I am so unhappy with the result. Is there away to remove the appliques and start over? …

Hand quilting on machine applique 
Would you still consider hand quilting a machine appliqued quilt? Reply Absolutely! If that is what you want to do, then I think you should do …

My machine blanket stitch looks like a "V", not an "L" 
When doing machine applique using the blanket stitch, some of my stitches make a "V". I have changed my needle. Could it have anything to do with using …

Background fabric shows through my fusible applique shapes 
My pattern calls for a white applique on a black background. I use fusible web on all my appliques and then stitch around the edge. How can I avoid the …

Avoiding stiff applique blocks 
How can I quilt to keep from getting puckers or a puffy block and still keep my applique blocks soft in appearance? Reply The first thing to remember …

Layering Applique 
Question Hi :) You mention that we need to avoid layers of the template paper. What do you do in a situation where there are a couple of shapes …

Invisible Machine Applique Technique done by hand? 
Question Can I use the tack stitch to hold the applique down and not use my machine? Reply Yes, for this invisible machine applique technique , it …

Pre-washing machine applique backgrounds 
Question I have already pre-washed all my fabrics so the shrinkage on the background fabric has occurred. Will this method still work? I'm fussy cutting …

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Satin Stitch Machine Applique 
Question I am doing machine applique with a satin stitch and using a stablizer on the back of the project. However, my square is still getting distorted …

Preparing invisible machine applique templates 
Question Hello, your invisible machine applique tutorial info was very helpful. My question is in Lesson 1 it says to identify edges that won't …

Prewash and Preshrink 
Question I am not sure what you mean when you say, "prewash only the quilt fabric". Do you mean only the fabric being used for the applique motif and …

Stabilizer for Machine Applique 
Question: Can I use Wet N Stick Tearaway Hoopless Stabilizer on the back of an applique that will be sewed on a dress? Reply: Yes. Floriani Wet N …

Off-the-edge Applique Technique 
I am looking for instructions on how to do off-the-edge applique. Thank you for your help. Reply This technique is on the list to be added to …

Will Invisible Machine Applique Work for this Pattern? 
Question: I found a beautiful flower applique pattern but one of the stems completely overlaps a leaf. From my understanding, part of what makes invisible …

Tension Problems with Monofilament Thread 
How do I prevent bottom stitches from showing on top when using regular thread in the bobbin and monofiliment thread on top? I've tried changing the tension …

Gluestick Applique Method 
I use the glue stick and Rinsaway method for preparing pieces for hand applique . However, I only glue the seam allowances to the Rinsaway, not the …

Squaring Up Applique 
I read all the invisible machine applique steps, but I still need to know how to square up an applique block. ANSWER: You were right! I needed to …

Stitching Applique Quilt Blocks 
When you are assembling a block, do you applique each piece or unit (like your basket) at a time to the background fabric or do you glue baste all of the …

Do I need a stabilizer for machine applique with fusible web? 
I have already ironed on my pieces to my blocks with Visoflex and now want to machine applique around each one .. do I need to further stabilize? ANSWER: …

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