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Old 06-29-2010, 12:35
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I just purchased my embroidery machine (Brother SE400) and have a question about doing applique designs. I am trying to make my daughters big sister and little sister shirts. I have the applique designs and would like to do every other word in a different fabric. How do I keep a small piece of fabric in place for each letter so it doesn't move around when it's being embroidered since the fabric isn't big enough to be locked by the hoop.

Does this make sense?

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Old 06-29-2010, 03:43
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you could use an adhesive spray. Dritz makes one that is good. I sometimes just hold the fabric until the needle tacks it a couple of times and pray it works.
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I use a glue stick. Just a little bit on the fabric and it holds it in place till it stitches
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I never hoop articles I'm embroidering. I hoop the stabilizer, then mark the center horizontal and vertical lines with a pencil for placement. Then I spray with adhesive and pin the article to the stabilizer. Or you could use a sticky stabilize, but I'd still pin. Just make sure the pins are not in the way of the needle.

To do applique, it's usually done with an outline/tack down stitch first. So you'd just cut a piece of fabric, lay it out smooth on the sticky (which isn't absolutely necessary), pin it very securely out of the way of the stitching, then do the outline stitch. Remove the hoop from the machine and carefully cut away the excess fabric. Place it back on the machine and do the applique stitch, whatever that is, usually satin stitch.

If your embroidery design is designed to do all the letters' outline/tack down stitching first and you are not able to change that (like with software) - you can still lay each individual fabric down, stop the machine after the letter is outlined, clip away the fabric, pin down the next fabric, etc...

Sorry if this is too much information!
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:36
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Thank you all for your advice! I will try it tomorrow!!
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Default Re: Applique question

I don't use sticky spray any more or pins. I just use the spray starch and starch the fabric once or twice. Then lay that piece of fabric on top of the applique placement line. I really don't have a problem with it moving around but if I do I use a bamboo skewer or fabric turner to keep it flat and in place while it sews.

The spray starch I like the best is made by Niagra but it is in a spray bottle and not the kind in the aerasol can. I buy it at Target but I htink Walmart has it too.

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Use 505 spray... it will not gum up your needle.
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