How to Do Applique & Machine Embroidery Designs


Appliqué designs allow you to combine various fabrics to embellish a variety of items. An embroidery machine completes the work within a shorter time, and it offers more details compared to stitching by hand. The machine guides the satin stitches and knot threads at the start and end of each outline.

Things You'll Need

  • Appliqué pattern
  • Fabric stabilizer
  • Self-adhesive
  • Embroidery machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread

Choose an appliqué fabric.

Select an image to use as your appliqué design. Find something simple for your first appliqué and machine embroidery project. Load the selected design into the embroidery machine.

Cut your appliqué fabric. The fabric that you cut out should be bigger than your appliqué design.

Hoop the fabric you intend to use for the final design. Stabilize the fabric using stabilizer and self-adhesive.

Stitch an outline of your design on the fabric using the embroidery machine. The outline can be stitched in any thread color because you will cover it up.

Position the appliqué fabric on the outline. Hold the fabric in place to prevent it from bunching up or puckering.

Place the appliqué fabric in the machine. It will make some tacking stitches on the fabric. This creates an outline of the design on the fabric.

Take out the hoop from your embroidery machine, and trim off excess appliqué fabric using the scissors. Use the tacking stitch as a guide when trimming the fabric. Once most of the excess fabric is trimmed off, you can define the appliqué design by removing any stray pieces.

Place the hoop back in your machine and start it. The machine will stitch two rows of tacking stitches around your appliqué pattern. E and V stitches are used in some appliqué designs. The machine will make a final row of stitching. The final stitching is done using satin stitches. The embroidery machine is designed to stop as soon as it completes each outline. It will also tie the ends on the designs for every outline to secure the stitches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Multiple appliqués can be made in a single design.
  • You can make one or two outlines on the fabric. The number of outlines used to secure an appliqué fabric to a base fabric varies depending on the design you select for your project.

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