What’s up with that Zig Zag

If you’ve ever stitched any of our Applique designs, you know that we have a:

1.placement 

2.single run tackdown

3.seperate zig zag tackdown 

Yall either love it or hate it but here’s why you should totally consider feeling some good vibes with it.  Let me explain. 

Here we have our new diamond Applique.  Fabric is heat n bonded (light) and tacked down. 

  
Hold up… I’ll give you a moment to breathe in these pretty colors!  Ahhhh…. 

Ok, back to business.  

It looks pretty cute and hand sewn just like this, am I right?  However, a single run stitch is not the most secure.  

Let’s add the zig zag.

  
Stitch stitch stitch.

And here we go.  Our diamond is secure. 

   
Almost looks like we’ve got a superman situation on our hands doesn’t it?  But, no, it’s a girly blingy diamond.  

 
Now, here’s why we love this extra step.

1. You can totally leave this design as it is.  The zig zag is secure and the fabric is bonded to the shirt.  It looks completely hand done like you did it with a sewing machine.  Adds a little variety, don’t ya think?

2. We control the density of our zig zag stitch.  Therefore, it’s slightly tighter than the automatic underlay our software sets.  Secure is good!

3. Our zig zag stitch is also slightly thinner than our final satin stitch.  This gives you a second chance to trim any fabric that might be hanging out that you certainly don’t want showing outside your satin.

4. If for some reason, you need to rip a stitch out (if the fabric got creased or wrinkled) … We all know it’s SO much easier to rip out a zig zag stitch than the pick out a satin stitch.

So, there you go.  This is our science behind our extra zig zag stitch!

Show it some love, why don’t you. ❤️ 

Here’s the final product with the satin stitch finished.

  
  

How to Fold a Shirt 

In business, it’s important to showcase your product(s) in the best way possible to keep your customers coming back, and to ensure they know they are getting quality from their purchase.  
Before I begin this tutorial, let me first say that using a good iron and heat n bond light will GREATLY increase your success with this method.
One of my sweet testers shared this with me and now, I’m sharing it with you. I’m not a professional folder or photographer, but I’m learning! 
Ok, let’s get to it.
First, grab a quality blank with a cute Applique. 😉 I can help you find both!  

  

Press over the shirt to smooth out any wrinkles. Flip it over.

  
Lay a sheet of regularly typing paper right under where the neckline falls. You can most likely see/ feel it through the back.  

  Fold the neckline down and the bottom up.   

 You will not start with the sleeves due to the fact they will make your shirt look bumpy and lumpy.  

Now, fold the sides over, while slightly pressing the paper about 2 inches to create a good crease that will hold your shirt in place.   

 Fold the bottom up again. This will vary depending on the size of your design and on the size of your shirt.  

  
Flip it over to check if needed. The paper should hold your shirt in place.
  
Create a good crease.
FINISHED!

Now, you have a clean looking product with no distractions to photograph or pack up and send! Vinyl backdrops are also GREAT for showcasing.  

  
This is NOT the way… Even though The item looks ok… The other way is MUCH more crisp and professional. 

   Hope this helps!  

    

Cut out that middle! 

Today, I’m going to make a quick blog post to discuss overlapping fabrics.  There are few things quite as frustrating as spending an hour stitching an Applique design only to hold it up to the light and see the overlapping fabrics are showing through.  “Too late!”, those tight stitches seem to scream! 

Well, today, I’m going to show you how to beat them at their own little game.  When stitching, tack downs give you a border not only to cut AROUND but also, to cut OUT!  See the pictures below to see what I mean.  You’ll thank me later if you’re not already doing this trick. 

  
I love this bold red gingham!  However, it’s going to show through almost anything you put over it.  Therefore, after the tack down for the windows stitch, I’m going to take my double curved Applique scissors and cut the inside out. Using heat n bond light will greatly increase your success with this tactic.  

Now, this red will not show through my blue polka dot windows!  No more muddy fabrics.

  
Using this tip will keep your appliqués clean and crisp.  

  

Hope this helps!