Missing in Applique

Well it has been a couple of days since I’ve written, I thought I had better say hello again. I’ve been watching grandchildren and recovering from that. Yesterday, after Wyatt left I think I only watched movies and old movies, one after the other! I did work on ONE umbrella and I didn’t like the way it looked at all, so I proceeded to rip out what I sewed. It took me all afternoon.

When I do my machine applique I normally use a very small zigzag stitch, I can’t get the blanket stitch or button hole stitch to look like I want it to – well I decided to use a nylon thread since I was sewing on batiks and it is hard to use a disappearing thread when your fabric varies in color.

On the first block I used the nylon thread, but I used normal thread in the bobbin. This caused my bobbin thread to pull to the top and is visible – not good! Like I said, I ripped that out and re-sewed it, but only on the umbrella handle.

this is what NOT to do

this is what NOT to do

my repaired handle

my repaired handle

Tip when doing machine applique is to match your thread as close as possible and to sew very, very slow. I lowered my stitch length to 1.7 over 9. I highly recommend you doing a tester! Although I normally don’t, but I always wish I would have! How does the saying go…”do I say and not do as I do”!

a close up of the matching threads

a close up of the matching threads

another example

another example

Yesterday, Dylan turned 7 and today is the first day of July. I’m not sure where the time is going, but it sure needs to slow down a bit! Before I know it, it will be December. Maybe I had better work on a Christmas project and that will slow it down the sands of time. Ha!

Dylan and his cookie cake

Dylan and his cookie cake

blowing out the candles

blowing out the candles

I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads, love and hugs.
Ronda

About ronda926

I enjoy piecing quilts and getting to know people, as well as sharing the information I have on sewing. I love the sense of accomplishment once I'm finished.
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