Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Borders by Deanna Hall West

By Deanna Hall West

Step-by-step consultant to creating ribbon embroidery borders. greater than seventy five designs

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Compare these photos with how you sew. Follow the instructions for the direction in which you sew. No matter which direction you stitch, always finger-press your appliqué pieces before you pin them to your background (page 22). It really does make a difference! 34 THE BEST-EVER APPLIQUÉ SAMPLER from Piece O’ Cake Designs Making a Good Stitch After you know the mechanics of a good stitch, all your stitches will be invisible. Appliqué stitches are made one at a time. The needle goes into the background next to the edge of the appliqué fabric.

The tip of the toothpick should be even with the cut edge of the seam allowance. 7. Rotate the toothpick only as far as the stitches on the first side of the point. 6. Push against the fabric with the toothpick and rotate the turn-under allowance underneath the point. The toothpick should pivot on top of the tack stitch. 48 THE BEST-EVER APPLIQUÉ SAMPLER from Piece O’ Cake Designs 8. Place the point of the toothpick at the side of the point. Use the toothpick to smooth the turn-under allowance down and away from the point.

6. Sometimes it is easier to use a dampened toothpick to turn under these scant turn-under allowances. 7. Continue trimming and sewing until you have stitched all around the appliqué piece. 4. Begin cutting away excess fabric. On very small pieces, cut a scant 3/16˝ turn-under allowance. However, don’t cut your turn-under allowance so scant that it frays. Feel free to cut off the excess fabric. Cutaway on Shapes with Multiple Points Tulips with pointed ends or five-point stars are typical shapes with several points.

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