I have only been quilting for a few weeks now and have already completed a few projects :) . I started working on a quilt for my daughter and had discovered a new technique (well, actually, it was new to me)- applique. Immediately I wanted to try it, but I am really not sure where to begin. I want to applique with my machine. The problem is, I don't understand fusible web, interfacing, stabilizers, etc. Does anyone have any advice for beginners with applique? What ARE the specific tools that I need to begin to machine applique (aside from the obvious like the machine, thread, and fabric lol)? Does anyone know of any good youtube videos or websites that I can look at as well? Thanks in advance for your help!!!
In Youtube, I put in "machine applique for beginners" and got some great beginner videos with over 90,000 views! I didn't even leave the first page of results and they were very good tutorials.
Some do a great job of explaining fusible web, etc. One of the great things is that you can do it your own way and it's not the "wrong" way. Everyone does it different!
When you buy the fusible webbing (wonder under, steam a seam) There will be "usually" directions on how to use the fusible webbing, follow those directions. Gradually you will find your own way of doing things but for now follow directions. As for raw edge stitching I use everything from satin stitching, button hole stitch to just plain old straight . Befor deciding on a stitch I usually will take a piece of fabric and fuse several pieces of fabric and try out different stitches using various settings I.e...lenght, width etc. and next to each example I write what lenght and width for that stitch. That way I will have a sample to refer to when trying to decide which edge stitch I would be using and what stitch setting would work best for my project. Good luck....gladly answer any other questions...............HAVE FUN!