Inside: Learn How to Applique Using a Sewing Machine

For several years I taught a class on Sewing Machine Applique at Sew Much More in Austin. In three hours I touched on the basics of sewing machine applique. In the class we did samplers of straight stitch applique, zigzag applique, fussy cut applique, reverse applique, and decorative stitch applique.

The class covered all of the basics and was meant to inspire students to go home and create their own unique appliqué projects. And many did!

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You would think that three hours would allow me enough time to really get into each of these areas of applique; unfortunately, the opposite is true.

Because the class was fast-paced and meant to teach basics, I have recreated all of the sampler projects so you can learn the basics of appliqué and go on to create your own unique projects, too!

A few of the projects have links back to an original blog post that goes into more detail on how to do a particular type of appliqué.

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Learn How to Applique Using a Sewing Machine:

Step 1 – Straight Stitch Applique

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This is about as easy as it gets and adds so much to any project. Once washed, it will fray around the edges and have an even better look.

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Step 2 – Lettering and Zigzag Stitch Applique

When I teach applique, I always teach students how to applique lettering and then stitch around the letters with a zigzag stitch.

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Step 3 – Fussy Cut Applique

Fussy Cut Applique is one of those sewing things where the possibilities are endless. It begins with a design on the fabric, but there is so much more you can do. For my sampler all I did was stitch around the outside of the design with invisible thread.

Another possibility would’ve been to satin stitch in matching colors all of the design. Dark pink around the dark pink out edges, light pink, orange, etc. That would need to be an entire class on satin stitch applique.

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Step 4 – Decorative Stitch Applique

Time to pull out those decorative stitches on your machine and play with them. See how the decorative stitching makes the design really pop out. I’ve used a variety of stitches here. The key is to play with it until you love it.

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Step 5  – Reverse Applique

Reverse Applique is one of my favorites. I think it can change a kid’s t-shirt from plain to WOW! And, it can cover a hole or two in a favorite garment.

Here’s a quick look at the process. First, you need two layers of fabric. Use a heat soluble or water soluble fabric pen to trace out your design.

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Next, straight stitch around the design.

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Carefully cut inside the stitching.

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That’s all there is to it.



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Isn’t applique easy and fun!

If you want to further develop your appliqué skills, check out my eBook:

Applique Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Simple Appliqué Techniques

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Watch a Video


I’ve included a short applique video to better explain.


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