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Old 10-01-2009, 02:16
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Hi ladies! For those that machine applique on tee shirts and onsies I hope you can help me! I recently got my new embroidery machine and I have made a couple of appliqued tee shirts. They came out pretty cute, but my question is how do you keep the applique from getting wrinkled. It isn't too bad but I would like no wrinkles! ha-ha
I used the no show mesh for stablizing the tee. I used a spray adhesive to hold the applique down for sewing. I've washed the tee and the fabric before applique to try and avoid any shrinking but the applique still wrinkles a bit when the shirt is washed after being worn. What am I doing wrong..is there something else I should use to secure the fabric before I the machine stitches the design?
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www.sewforum.com has really good tips. It's an embroidery forum. I always go there when I need help. Hope this helps!
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I do a lot of machine applique with my embroidery machine and I always use heat and bond on the applique. I put the heat and bond on the piece of fabric that will be the applique and when it's finished stitching I press it. It adheres the applique down and no wrinkles.
I wouldn't do an applique without some sort of iron on adhesive. Spray on adhesive just holds it in place but is not near enough to hold it wrinkle free.
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Thank you so much for your help, Shelby2000 and JenniCA!

JenniCA, do you add spray adhesive to keep the applique in place until you can stitch and iron the fabric down? You are so right, the spray is only temporary so when it's washed is when it gets those tiny wrinkles. I'll be heading to the fabric store as soon as the little one wakes up. I have to get some heat and bond adhesive! Thanks for helping me out!

Shelby2000, thanks for the link for the sew forum. I will have to take a look at that site!

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No I do not use spray adhesive at all. I use a glue stick on the fabric in the area where the applique will be and stick the applique fabric down. Holds just fine.
Also, when you get Heat and Bond, make sure you get Heat and Bond light. Your machine needle will not like the regular one, it is to thick.
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Hi Jenni. I wanted to let you know that I went to the fabric store but couldn't find the Heat and Bond light. I did find lite Steam-A-Seam 2. I tried that on my applique. It worked great. I'm now wrinkle free!
Thanks again for the helpful advice.
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Oh that's good. I have never used steam a seam but any of those type of products to adhere the fabric will work.
You'll be hooked on applique! I love it, it's my favorite thing!!!
Be sure to post a picture of your project so we can ohh and ahh over it!!
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I can see how you can get hooked on embroidery applique! There are so many designs to choose from it's amazing!

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Cute shirt, very very cute.
Great job on the applique!!!
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