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Machine Applique Tutorial 2 by shiroiyukiko Machine Applique Tutorial 2 by shiroiyukiko
NEXT PART!

Part 2, at last! In the tutorial it even says to please ask questions if you need help. My pictures might not always be as obvious as they are to me, same with my descriptions. I'm always happy to try to answer questions though.

This one covers some basic things and a few sewing steps. More to come soon! I'm just writing up the text now. (2/21/12- I'm so sorry it isn't up yet! I didn't forget!)

EDIT:
I forgot something! When I talked about thread, I forgot to mention what you do with the bobbin. It's a complete waste to use expensive pretty thread in your bobbin! There are two things you can do. They make a special bobbin thread, usually it comes in black or white and it'll be stocked near the embroidery threads. It's thinner than normal thread. OR, you can use regular thread. Personally, this is what I do. My machine doesn't seem too keen on the bobbin thread (or it only likes certain brands?), but it does just fine with regular cotton thread, which I already have a lot of.

Also, just to answer the questions from the comments....

1. The machine I use is a Brother NX-400, which was top of the line back in 2005, when I bought it. (AND I've only had it serviced once so far!) The equivalent these days is the CS6000i, which is really reasonably priced. These are both just regular home sewing machine!

2. Yes, they're really regular home sewing machines. XD

PART 3


PART 1



Some stuff I've appliqued:


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Does it have to be an embroidery sewing machine or can it be a regular one? I have a Brother sewing machine but it's really old (probably from the 90s) and I'm not even sure if I can adjust the spacing between the stitches.
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shiroiyukiko Jan 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can do it with any sewing machine. I assume that you can adjust the space between the stitches all the time, because it can even be done on my friend's Singer from the 1960s. Adjusting the space between the stitches is the same setting that makes a normal straight stitch longer or shorter, if that helps.
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Ohhhhh~ Thank you so much! >u< I've never really touched the stitch length setting on my sewing machine before because I didn't know what it was for... ^^;
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ManifestedDreams Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is so helpful! I've been wanting to applique for a while and it's nice to have some help on it.

Out of curiosity, what machine do you use?
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shiroiyukiko Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mine is a Brother NX-400, which is so old I'm pretty sure they don't make that model anymore. It was top of the line in 2004, haha! It's the equivalent of the CS6000i these days.
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ManifestedDreams Jan 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the info :3 I've been using a very basic Brother machine and while it was great when I started, it just doesn't have what I want now. It freaks out on me when I use anything even remotely stretchy and just can't feed the fabric like I need.

I'm surprised the CS6000i is so affordable. I will have to look into this more.
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shiroiyukiko Jan 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hate the really basic Brother machines. I've got one of those here, too, and it's a hot mess (the guidelines on the bottom plate don't even give the correct measurements for seam allowance, beside the fact that it always sounds like it's about to explode and doesn't like most fabrics). For some reason they just don't seem to work very well and I had assumed only the more expensive machines were any good until two of my friends got the CS6000i, which so far no one has had any problems with and it seems really comparable to the machine I already have.
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