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In this video, Deb walks you through the process of sewing your fusible appliqué. This quilt is one of Stitchin' Heaven's Block of The Month "Camper Trailers"

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Video Transcript

- Hey, everybody, it's Deb Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven, and I'm here today to talk to you about the sewing part of fusible applique. We have a program called Camper Trailers that we run as a block of the month that is a precut, pre-fused applique project, hanging here behind me, and in part one of this series I talked about the actual applique and how to prepare your pieces for sewing, how to get them ironed down onto your background, that type of thing, so if you're looking for that kind of information, go look at part one. In part two we're gonna talk about the actual sewing. You know, we run Facebook groups for all of our block of the month programs. It allows me to be able to monitor the different types of questions that are being asked, and we do get a lot of questions about how am I supposed to sew this down? So I'm just gonna give you a few tips and tricks. There's a lot of different ways to do this, and you're just going to need to choose the best for you depending on your circumstances, depending on your sewing machine, the capabilities of your machine, and that type of thing. First of all, practice. You wanna make sure that you're comfortable sewing whatever stitch you choose to sew before you start working on your piece for your quilt. Now, there's several options. The blanket stitch is the stitch that Amy Bradley is famous for, and she uses black thread throughout. That is just her customary MO, and so that's what I'm gonna be using today. I'm using a rayon black in the top, and I'm using a cotton black in the bobbin. The reason I'm doing that is the rayon has got a little bit of shimmer to it and it is a more fine thread. I just like the way it looks. All machines don't have a blanket stitch. So what do you do if your machine doesn't have a blanket stitch? Almost every machine has a zigzag. So you can sew your pieces down with a zigzag. If you don't really care for the way the zigzag looks, I suggest you use a monofilament thread. Use a monofilament thread on the top, which is a fancy word for invisible, and use a white thread in the bobbin. You can use a straight stitch if you want to. Again, if you don't wanna see your stitching, use the invisible thread, you can use black thread for straight stitching, just, you know, it just depends on what you wanna do, what you want your project to look like, and what you're comfortable with. Again, practice, practice, practice. I'm gonna show you a few practice pieces before we get started on the actual piece and talk to you about some techniques to be able to use while you're doing it. First of all, I'm gonna tell you that what I like to do when I do fusible applique is to take a stabilizer. This stabilizer that I have on these pieces is just a thin, tissue-like stabilizer, and I use my 505 temporary spray to put that on my piece while I'm working on it. It just stabilizes it. It keeps it from shifting around, your stitches will be more even, and you will like the result of that if you'll take the time to do the stabilizing of your piece before you start it. So I've stabilized this little piece that I'm gonna be using for our practice piece, and I'm just gonna show you how the blanket stitch works. We're gonna work with the blanket stitch today because that is my favorite way to do this. Now, your blanket stitch, you're gonna start out with your needle on the right hand side. You can adjust the length and the width of your blanket stitch with the controls on your machine. You wanna have a blanket stitch that is not too big. You want it to be, you know, fairly small, especially for a, you know what, I'm gonna have to turn, no, no, no, especially for a project like this. The main thing with this project, you guys, just go slow. Don't try to rush it. Just go, let's see here. Why? Okay, just go slow, and take it easy. What you wanna do is take that, huh, okay, you wanna take that needle where it runs just right down the edge of your fabric. There's no speed race here, just take it slow and easy, and then you're gonna get to a point, you're gonna come to a place where there is a point. Now, stop right before you get there, take one more stitch. Okay, you see that? Now, you're going to raise your presser foot, turn your piece around, and your next stitch is gonna go to the left, right? So you wanna do that, go back, and then straighten out your sewing and continue on. So you just have to kinda think about how your sewing machine thinks and what your sewing machine is gonna do next. So we've got now, we've got a little corner here, so I'm right there. I can take another stitch, and I wanna take one stitch in, one stitch back, and then I wanna shift again. You always shift when your needle is in the right hand position. Don't ever try to shift when your needle is in the left hand position. Always bring it back to the right and then shift, and then you'll have a really smooth looking piece. When you get to a corner, we're gonna get to a corner here in just a second, okay, I'm at the end, I can take one more stitch and I'm gonna shift, my needle's gonna go back to the left, and I can keep right on sewing. All right. When you get to the end or you get to a place where you need to break your thread, so I'm gonna take a stitch, shift, and then continue to sew. All right, so I'm at a place that I can stop. I'm just gonna use the backspace on my machine and just take a couple of stitches, all right? You don't have to have a lot of secure stitches that way, but it is good to do one or two little tacking stitches. Okay, so there's our piece that we've done. Now, I'm gonna show you how to do a circle. Circles give people grief, and they're really not that difficult. You just have to take it slow and easy. So lower your presser foot so that your needle is on the right hand side, and just start sewing as if it were straight. So you're gonna sew and then you're gonna get to a point and you're gonna turn your piece just a little bit. Every two or three stitches you're gonna turn your piece, okay? So that you can stay on that edge but your stitch is still perpendicular. You don't want your stitches to be slanted, and if you don't turn your piece often enough your stitch will be slanted. So I'm gonna take a stitch, I'm gonna turn, it's gonna stitch again. All right. And then you just continue to go around. Just take it very slow and easy. You see how slow I'm going? There's no speed race here. Slow and easy, slow and easy. All right. So that gives you an idea of what to do and how to do your blanket stitch. You can do the same idea with a zigzag or with the straight stitch. Now, once we start working on our camper trailer, I use a Sewline, this is my favorite marking pencil, it's a Sewline marking pencil. It has three kinds of led in it, and before is start sewing this I'm gonna mark the things that I'm gonna need to sew later. I'm just gonna give myself a little line, because this is a flag and it's gonna have to have a line of sewing come through the flag like this. Okay, so I wanna have that marked ahead of time. I also will put the pattern under here when I get ready to do the door and I would draw out the shape of the door so I'll know what to sew on that, but when you start on this, you know, just think about how you're gonna want this to end up. I would start sewing this and I will sew I'm gonna start with the green. And let's see here. I wanna make sure my needle is to the right when I start. Okay. Now, granted, you're gonna be trimming this down to a certain size, and you may cut this part off honestly, but you'd be fine. Now, I'm not really sure what it's gonna size down to, so I'm just gonna do it as if it's not sized down. So I'm at the corner, I take in a stitch right to the corner, I'm gonna take another stitch, a stitch back, and then I'm gonna turn my project. I'm right there in the corner, and so my next stitch is gonna go to the left, or it went straight and then to the left. All right, now I'm going to backstitch that, and I'm gonna stop. You're gonna go through and you're going to think about what should be under what. I sewed up to this, the sign, because the sign is gonna be on top of this. So I'm gonna go ahead and sew over here because the sign would be on top of this. So be sure and think about that. Make sure that you're always going in the right direction as well. So I'm gonna turn it this way, lower my presser foot, make my first stitch. The main thing is to make sure that your stitch is small enough for this. You don't want it too big. That's probably one of the biggest mistakes people make is making the, oops, making the stitch too big. So we're gonna cut our threads, and I didn't backstitch on this one because the tire will catch it when I come around to that. Most of the time I don't cut my threads on the back, I just, at some point in time, I'll do that. Now, this, I need to bring my, I need to make a stitch so my needle will go back to the right hand side. Whoops, I'm going backwards. How did that happen? Ruh-roh. Okay, I can go pull that out later. I think I pushed my backwards button too long. So you see, anything you do you can fix. And then I'm gonna go backwards. All right, okay, so you get the idea. These are a lot of fun. Just enjoy the process, enjoy the journey here, and, you know, make it your own. If you wanna change threads, you can. Like I said, Amy Bradley does not do that. What she does with all of her appliques is she uses black thread. Now, see, at the end of it I'm gonna turn this over and I'm gonna cut these threads that I didn't cut from the back all at once. So, alrighty, I hope that you've learned something today. Please leave me a comment if you have any questions. I'm happy to answer them. Check out our camper trailers block of the month. It's a great program and a lot of fun. We have a great group of people on Facebook that's in that program, and we help each other, and ask questions, and get answers, and all that kind of good stuff. Thank you for joining us here on YouTube. We'd like for you to subscribe to our channel 'cause we'll have more informative videos in the future for you. I hope you've enjoyed this lesson as much as I've enjoyed showing it to you, and this is Deb Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven in Mineola, Texas.