Jun 17, 2010
Is it embroidery or?
Do you call this embroidery, or am I simply too lazy to remove the basting? I've been making some larger-sized appliques by this method that I invented for a few years now but I never fessed up to it before. First of all, for this particular (about 7 inch)applique shape, I saved the cardboard insert from a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Those chocolates were a gift quite a few years ago. The candy is long gone, but the heart-shaped cardboard endures. I placed the cardboard on the right side of my fabric and traced around it with a piece of chalk. Then I cut out the heart with a quite generous seam line--larger than for a regular applique--OK I better go and measure--alright, it's 1/2 inch seams. Clip the seam where necessary. In order to prepare the applique for sewing, I used to baste this hem in place, press it, and then rip out the bastings. So I said to myself, "Self, why am I ripping out perfectly good stitching?" So now what I do is use embroidery thread when turning under the edges, and leave it there--presto, an embroidered applique! I have now pressed it, pinned it in place, and it's all ready to be sewn down.