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I promised you a tutorial and here it is!
Before we get started, head over to our site and download this free goldfish design so you can work right along with us.
First, I like to “plan ahead”. Pick your colors. Match your threads.
Let the first tackdown stitch.
Cut your vinyl to the approximate size of your applique outline.
Peel off the top layer of the HTV vinyl BEFORE tacking the vinyl to your shirt. Failure to do so will prevent the HTV from being able to bond to the shirt.
I like to use just a light spritz of sticky spray to make sure my vinyl stays in place. Make sure you use one that doesn’t leave a residue. You do not need heat n bond lite with HTV.
Smooth the vinyl over the applique area.
Tack down your vinyl.
It tends to appear a little bubbly… but you can “fix” that when you iron over the HTV.
Carefully cut around the tack down stitch. You scissors should glide right along.
Now, you are ready to iron over your HTV and bond it to your shirt.
Here, I used a small craft iron and a flour sack towel to protect the vinyl from the iron. Sometimes craft irons don’t get hot enough to adhere the vinyl, so if you can, use your normal iron with the steam setting off.
Hold the iron for about 15-30 seconds on each area. I like to iron outwards so any bubbles will be pushed to the tack down stitches and eventually covered by the satin.
While the vinyl is still warm, I like to smooth over the applique with my hands, again pushing out towards the tack down. Be careful not to do this while the vinyl is still hot to prevent burning yourself.
Touch up as needed.
Zig Zag tack down.
Now, you are ready to start on the fin. Repeat the same process.
Cut the size HTV needed.
On this printed vinyl, you will remove the layer under the vinyl unlike the top layer you removed on the solid. I like to roll the edges with my fingers to separate the layers. It can be tricky. Again, failure to do so will prevent the HTV from being able to bond to the shirt.
Spray lightly with sticky spray. (again I am using 505 spray)
Smooth the vinyl over the applique area.
Prepare to iron using the same method.
Iron and smooth as before pushing outward. Use good pressure when ironing HTV.
Now it’s time for the last Zig Zag tack down and then the satin.
Many people are afraid of the needle making holes in the HTV. As you can see here, that wasn’t an issue. Make sure to use a good quality HTV.
Stitch the eye.
And, you’re finished! We added a name using our Finnick Tripp font. I love the combination of the vinyl and fabric… satin and Zig Zag. This shirt has dimension and style! I did use heat n bond lite on the applique letters.
Machine applique isn’t an EXACT science. If you’ve been doing it for more than say one minute, you know this already. From stitching sleeve to the back of tees to those ever annoying “check upper and bobbin thread” type errors… it’s never dull!
However, there are some quick tips to make your experience a little more enjoyable and easy. Yes, most of us do this as a business, but there’s no harm in loving what you do!
Here is our Top 10 list for Applique:
And there you have it! Of course, this is not a comprehensive list. There are other items that I love and probably couldn’t do without! I have plans for other Top 10 lists in addition to this one… but, if you have an idea, I would love to hear it!
I am going to be a little “real” with all of you for just a minute. 🙂 I have been thinking of ways I could do something good for this holiday season… a giveaway for my customers or an auction to benefit a charity…. I would honestly love to be able to give away a machine or something BIG to one of you. My customers (YOU) are the reasons that I am able to work from home. Just as I don’t know that hard parts of your life… I (just like you) have hard parts in mine. Working from home is a BLESSING that you just don’t realize that you are a HUGE part of. I am so so grateful.
Instead of being discouraged about what I can’t do for you… like I have been. I want to be encouraged to do what I can and encourage YOU to do what you can do. I think so many times, we let what we can’t do stop us and we do nothing…. Well today, I have a little something for you. This is something I CAN DO. I hope you like it and I hope it helps you grow your business! I want to return the support that you have given to me in support of Applique Alley and my family.
I am going to give 10 shopping passes before Christmas that will be good for 48 hours. I don’t have the times set yet. I will come up with a schedule. You will have a designated time to shop on our site for 48 hours to get all the designs you need for your collection to help grow your business for 2017. I hope this helps you and your family the way you have helped mine.
I will post the first giveaway at 10 pm tonight on our facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/APPLIQUEALLEY