Stitching around applique circles

May 07, 2019 10 Comments

Stitching around applique circles

After being asked the question regarding how I sew around applique circles, I gave this some thought. It happened that I was working on some applique with circles in it and gave the video on my new phone a try. Wow! it worked fabulously. I had so much fun making the video I now have many more planned. 

The reaction to the video on my Instagram page has spurred me on to make many more. I though it would also be great to share it with you all here. Then I had to figure out how to get the video onto my desktop. Oh don't you just love technology !

I hope you all enjoy my little video, take a look and leave me a comment. Your comments always keep me inspired. If you have any problems with viewing the video you can find it on my you tube channel here. Or Instagram here.

 

Sewing around applique circles. 

I use long flower head pins to keep my applique shapes in place and sometime a bit of water soluble fabric glue. Using the pins allows me to easily move the shapes if needed, and no need to wash out the glue.

Lift your foot often, as you turn the background fabric so you don't stretch it.

I can move my needle position to the right and use the inside of the foot as a guide.

Go slow using a narrow zigzag stitch making sure you place the needle right beside the applique circle into the background fabric then the next stitch catches the very edge of the circle.

The stitch settings vary with each machine so play on a scrap piece first to get your settings and tension right. If using mono-filament thread lower your tension a bit to allow for the stretching of the thread. Have fun ! 

My top thread is Superior monopoly and my bobbin is Superior The bottom line thread.

Start and end stitching with a three or four very close straight stitches. Then you can just snip the threads or use your thread cutter.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little video, have fun and give it a try.

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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10 Responses

Glenna C Denman
Glenna C Denman

August 10, 2019

Wow, Sharon! I am so impressed! Thank you for all your videos and written tutorials. I am just starting to do more machine applique after having trouble with hand applique, having developed osteoarthritis in my thumbs. I found you through Martingale’s weekly newsletter and am so glad I did. I plan to buy your new book and learn even more. Thank you, again.

Chris
Chris

May 27, 2019

Hi Sharon,
I enjoyed the wee video. Although the text link did not work I was able to click the You tube image box and it played.
You have inspired me to try invisible zigzag. As I tend to do hand needle turn or machine blanket stitch. The close up video looks great. Thanks Chris in Greenhithe.

Sharon Keightley
Sharon Keightley

May 26, 2019

Hello everyone

So sorry you can not see the video. I have made some changes and hope this works. Otherwise you can view the video on You Tube here https://youtu.be/k9HCnqKuBi0

Claudia
Claudia

May 26, 2019

I,too, received the same message. “Video unavailable”..I am in Washington..used the link from your blog and RSS feed

Judi Maser
Judi Maser

May 26, 2019

I am seeing the same as Carol…This video is Unavailable.

Shirley Routley
Shirley Routley

May 26, 2019

The video is not available. I am in New Zealand.

Rachelle
Rachelle

May 26, 2019

I too am having trouble viewing the video and some of us don’t have instagram.
I would be interested in watching it if you can work out what the problem is.

Judy Grow
Judy Grow

May 26, 2019

I also get the message that the video is unavailable. I am in Florida USA

Sharon Keightley
Sharon Keightley

May 25, 2019

Hello Carol

Thanks for your comment. I am not having any problems viewing the video at my end. If you continue to have problems you can find the video on my instagram profile here is the link. https://www.instagram.com/sharonkeightleyquilts/

Carol
Carol

May 25, 2019

Sharon, the video says This video is unavailable. I am in Australia.

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