I have had some people contact me asking what to do after they have ironed on AccuQuilt applique to their fabric. As, I’m actually working on this step for my Arabesque table topper, I wanted to share a few insights. But, please remember I am in no way an expert on anything. There are many that know more than I do. My contribution in the world of blogging is researching and sharing! LOL!
To start with, I recommend you investigate what quilting stitches your machine has. It is also best to test them out on a sampler quilt, as you may need to play with stitch width and length to get your desired effect. For the particular table topper, I wanted to use the blanket stitch. For my Bernina the settings I used was 2.1L and 2.2W with the needle in a down position. As some of these stitches, like the blanket stitch, can create a “tunneling” effect, I will use a tearaway stablizer underneath my machine applique. Also, use a heavy weight thread for your stitches to standout. I used Isacord, but you can use any heavyweight cotton that you and your machine like!
Go slow. Remember when the machine does the blanket stitch you do not want to turn your fabric, resulting in a “V” of this stitch. When you need to turn, for a curve, point, or inside of a V, make sure your needle is in the down position and raise your pressure foot. The more gradual you take your curves the smoother your stitching will be!
As you can see I do not clip my threads, but I will later secure them by using a needed to tuck the loose thread to where they will not show.
Using the blanket stitch can be slow, but it creates a stitch that looks as if was hand stitched and can be quite striking on certain designs. Thus, making it worth the effort. Various types of zigzag/straight stitch combos also work well, and are common with quilters who use invisible thread. Again, for this particular table topper I just wanted to use the blanket stitch.
I found several great videos on you-tube. Here is one that I thought had some great tips.
Machine quilting fused applique is an easy and fun quilting technique. If you haven’t tried it, I hope you will soon. And, if you are familiar with machine quilting fused applique and have additional tips, please feel free to comment and share your insights.