what is applique embroidery

machine embroidery

Embroidery machine

applique embroidery is simple in execution: the fabric stitched, stitched, cut out. Nevertheless, it causes problems for newbies, because there are nuances in it that you initially do not pay attention to.
I hope the tips accumulated by various masters and teams in one article will help you easily embroider the applique on your products.

Before proceeding to the description of the process of embroidery appliqué, I would like to draw your attention to what constitutes an application file. In the image below you can see how you choose. They are somewhat different from each other.

One of the signs of application

lack of objects with filled areas. Look carefully at the design before embroidering it. The design, made in the technique of “application” for the most part consists of contours, made in the form of satin roller, stalked seam or E-line.
Very often, in the appliqué technique you can embroider the designs of “Richelieu”.

To another feature of applique design

This includes the presence of a preliminary stitching in the machine embroidery file, after which the machine will necessarily stop and allow you to place additional material in the embroidery frame, or cut unnecessary material. Pre-stitching can be a straight line or zigzag.

Work in the “applique” technique will require diligence, accuracy and attention from you.


Embroidery machine – OPTION I

From the seamy side to the main fabric glue glue tear-off stabilizer. Tie the fabric into the hoop. Apply glue-spray onto the fabric located in the embroidery frame and place the additional fabric face up, in the embroidery area.

Position the hoop in the embroidery module and sew the preliminary stitching. Remove the hoop from the holder. Using sharp scissors, cut the excess fabric along the outer contour of the embroidery. Cut as close as possible to the line. Position the hoop in the holder and finish the embroidery.

Suitable for creating applications consisting of one two objects. Indispensable when creating a single composition of various designs that require precise fitting of parts. A wonderful way to embroidery the application of loose fabrics.

Embroidery machine – OPTION II

Do not use this method when working with small parts of the application of dense material, since there are difficulties with the location of objects and stitching the main contour.
When creating an application in this way, remember that the additional stabilizer compacts the material and if you are doing the application on thin tissues, then you should torn the stabilizer suitable for the density.
When creating a template (Fig. 1), you can use both adhesive tear-off stabilizer and ordinary printer paper. It is desirable to use printer paper if it is transparent as an additional fabric.
Make sure that the additional material does not move during stitching.
Tie off the tear-off glue stabilizer, glue side up.
Position the hoop in the holder and sew the preliminary stitching. Remove the stabilizer from the hoop.
Place the additional fabric with the wrong side up. Place the embroidered pattern over the fabric with the adhesive side down. Iron the heated iron.
Using scissors, carefully cut along the contour of the template with glued cloth.

Sew the main fabric into the hoop and sew the preliminary stitch again. Place the prepared template clearly along the embroidered contour by spraying the wrong side of the template with glue-spray. Place the hoop with the material in the holder and finish.

Embroidery machine – OPTION III

Close the tear-off stabilizer. In some cases, when additional rigidity is needed and when using a thin stabilizer, wrap it in 2-3 layers or use water-soluble.
Place a fabric over the stabilizer and sew a preliminary stitching.
Using scissors, carefully cut along the contour of the excess fabric without affecting the preliminary stitching. Then place the hoop in the holder and sew the satin roller.

Place the fabric over the created embroidery and sew a preliminary stitching. Make sure that there is no bias during embroidery.

Cut the excess fabric and embroider the satin roller. Repeat this operation as many times as there are preliminary stitches in your chosen design.
At the end of embroidery, remove the remaining stabilizer.

Embroidery of multi-layer application is almost similar to the first version of creating an application presented just above. Unlike the first option, I decided to perform this embroidery on a temporary stabilizer. This embroidery requires accuracy and slowness.

In some cases, use a water soluble stabilizer. To give embroidery extra rigidity.
Pulling in the stabilizer, stretch it as far as possible. Successful embroidery depends on the quality of waving!
Embroidering volumetric appliqué as the lower thread can be used to match the main thread.
If desired, you can perform a volumetric application on a thermally degradable stabilizer.
When cutting the fabric, place the hoop on a flat hard surface. This will protect you from shifting the fabric in the hoop.
If the inside of the appliqué contains numerous fillings, then in order to avoid the cut edge coming out, we advise you to first embroider the preliminary stitching, then the internal filling and only later, cutting off the excess fabric to finish the embroidery with a zigzag and a smoothing roller.
You can change the order of embroidery in your embroidery machine.
If you are using an embroidery program, make sure that the file you choose is an appliqué or can be embroidered in this technique.
To do this, open the design in the program and use the interactive view of the embroidery process to make sure that there is a preliminary stitching.
If the preliminary line is missing, then you can create this line using the tools presented in the program.
When embroidering the appliqué in the first way, note that the additional fabric must exceed the dimensions of the embroidered area in order for the preliminary stitching to seize the fabric.
Using the trace function available in any embroidery machine, determine the embroidery area in order to position the extra fabric as accurately as possible.
If you are not sure that the fabric is positioned correctly, then sew a preliminary stitch, then placing the fabric repeat embroidering the preliminary stitch again.
If the size of the application is large enough and the upper fabric is soft, then we advise you to pre-reinforce the additional fabric with flizelin so that it does not lose its shape and does not form unnecessary “waves”.
To create a convex surface of the appliqué, use a synthetic winterizer as the inner layer between the main and additional fabric.