Sometimes Mondays are the ones that we dread. You know, the ones where we get up late. You spill coffee on your favorite blouse (if you even get coffee). You forget a report, a document, or a paper you need to turn in for work, school, or… I could go on and on. We have all had those days and we know what they ate like. You can fill in your own example of your less than stellar Monday. Mine is currently underway, so I take a deep breath and think back to my Saturday.
Saturday was fantastic. On Saturday I had a great day. Around noon I went to an appliqué class at my local quilt shop (Stitch ‘N Quilt). If you remember I wanted to take an appliqué class because there were a couple of quilts that I wanted to make which had beautiful appliqué borders. Also during my Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop, at one of the shops they had appliqué’s their name on a pennant hung inside.
So when I saw that a class was offered, I signed up.
The first thing we did after arriving at the class was to set up our machine. Next we received a handout from our instructor which we went over. We talked about the different kinds of appliqué. Some are raw edge, needle turn, and invisible. We were doing raw edge in our class.
Next we went over some of the fusible products to choose from. Some are wonder under, steam a seam, and heat n’ bond. I purchased steam a seam to use. Our instructor cautioned us to not crease the fusible, and to keep it away from humidity, both of which can cause the glue to separate.
Next she explained that when we trace a design in the paper side of he fusible, the image is reversed when it is placed on the background fabric. This is important to remember when dealing with letters, and when items on your design need to face in a certain direction. Some designers give you the pattern with the image already reversed so check closely. Trace each part of your image separately on the paper side of the fusible.
You should leave a little distance between the traced image and the drawn design. If you leave an allowance it will make ting the image from the appliqué fabric much easier. Once your image is fused, then trim exactly to the pencil line.
The handout and the instructor went on to discuss needle and thread, stabilizers, and specialty feet. (* Get an open toe foot.) I didn’t have time to order one before my class and I really wish I had. After going over the information from the handout she had us do some practice stitches.
If you remember from a previous post I was having issues with my machine. As of late it wasn’t changing stitches and it seemed to have a short of some kind. Well the short issue hasn’t shown up again lately, and my instructor flipped a dial on my machine that regulated the stitch length (she moved it from zero). It was my duh moment! I hadn’t realized that’s what the setting had been on. So that was taken care of. For me the class paid for itself right there.
We started off doing test stitches. This allowed us to see what our stitches looked like. We change the stitch for example Zig zag. We adjusted the length, length, and tension to one. We made several stitches then we went to two and sewed some stitches and then on to three, etc. After we were done we chose the settings we liked best for our appliqué project. I chose the zig zag stitch, my width was 3 and my length was 3. I think my tension was 2. After that we were set loose ton practice “for real “.
I sketched out a quick S. reversed it and transferred it to my fusible paper. Trimmed it a bit leaving a 1/4 inch to the edge, and transferred it to my blue batik cloth. Then trim the image out to he pencil line. Next peel off the paper and attach it to the background cloth you are using. Press it with an iron and then voila you are done! It was really quite easy.
Now I only have the time issues to deal with so I can create my TWISTY STITCHES banner.