Appliqué is one of the easiest ways to embellish a project. Discover how to satin stitch appliqué by adding this adorable owl design to a hoodie. This technique, however, can be applied to many different types of projects.
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• Hoodie sweatshirt
• Aqua Magic™ stabilizer
• Fusible web
• Water-soluble fabric marker
• Assorted fabric scraps
• Appliqué pressing sheet
• Fabric spray adhesive
• Sewing machine
• Satin foot
• Darning/embroidery foot
1. Trace the Owl design elements onto the fusible web with a fabric marker. Roughly cut out the shapes.
2. Pull away the protective “waxy” part of the paper that does not have the design on it. Place the sticky side of the piece onto the wrong side of the fabric scrap. Make sure you can see the design.
3. Press with an iron, but do not use steam. Cut out the design on the drawn line. Repeat for all the Owl design pattern pieces.
4. When all the design pieces are cut out, arrange them on the hoodie. When placement has been determined, peel off the remaining piece of protective waxy paper and place on the hoodie.
5. Cover the design with the appliqué pressing sheet and fuse in place with the iron.
Note: Be careful with the appliqué pressing sheet, as it will likely become hot from pressing.
6. Place a piece of Aqua Magic™ stabilizer on the back of the design.
7. To set up the machine for a satin stitch (for the appliqué), replace the standard presser foot with a satin foot. Select the zigzag stitch on the sewing machine, then change the stitch width to a short-medium width stetting. The stitch length should be set to a short setting – small enough that no fabric shows between the stitches, but not so short that the fabric gets stuck under the presser foot.
8. Using a scrap of fabric backed with stabilizer, test the zigzag stitch. If the stitches still seem too far apart, bring the stitches closer together by shortening the stitch length setting. If the stitches seem to be getting stuck under the presser foot, make the stitches farther apart by lengthening the stitch length setting.
9. When satisfied with the look of the Satin Stitch, sew around the edges of the owl design.
10. One technique that can be used to create texture is free-motion sewing. To set up for free-motion sewing, cover the feed dogs with the darning plate from the accessory compartment. Remove the presser foot and shank, then attach the darning/embroidery foot.
11. Select a straight stitch and begin making circular motions on the appliqué piece until it is completely filled in. Don’t worry about it being uniform. Cross the thread lines and just have fun filling in the space. Remember that once the feed dogs are covered, you control where the fabric goes and at what rate of speed. Try practicing on a scrap of fabric to get more comfortable with the motion before moving to the project.
12. Remove the excess stabilizer when finished. The rest of it will come out the first time the hoodie is washed!