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talking SHOP Embroidery Technique Appliqué the Easy Way Save stitches and increase profits by incorporating appliqué into your product mix. By Lee Caroselli-Barnes, Contributing Writer Appliqués like those shown in this composite picture can be simple or complex. a re you looking for ways to save stitches but still produce topnotch embroidery with a good profi t margin? Then appliqué may be the answer to your challenge. Appliqués can be as simple as what is seen in Image 1 and as complicated as what you see in the composite picture above. They can save stitches and add interest, and they should be a featured, not feared component of your embroidered designs. An appliqué simply is a process of adding another piece of material to your garment. The process starts with the designation line, which is a running stitch outline of the area where you will place the piece of material. Once you have run that 54 Impressions | October/November 2013 group of stitches, the frame or hoop should be programmed to come forward so that you can put your material in place without having your fingers under the needle. You may have the fabric precut and use sticky spray to keep it in place. Or you can cut your pieces large enough to cover the area and leave room for trimming. In this case, a couple of pieces of masking tape will hold the fabric in place while you sew your next group of stitches without gumming up your needles. In the traditional appliqué, your next group of stitches are designed to tack down the fabric so that you can add the final cover stitches. If you are not working with precut fabric, you will once again need a frame-forward command so you can trim the fabric without endangering your fingers. Once the fabric is securely in place, you will then apply the finishing stitch that will cover any frayed material and clean up your edges. Image 2 shows each step in the process. Although the usual stitches for this finish are the satin or column stitch, it is not necessary to limit yourself to only those stitches. As you can see in the Santa Claus image above, you also can use a fill or tatami stitch to finish designs and give them detail. ADDING ELABORATENESS Before we get into the more elaborate appliqué design, let’s go back to the simple

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Impressions - October/November 2013

Impressions - October/November 2013
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Product Gallery
ISS Conferences
Allover Printing: It's All Over America
The Digital Direction
Peak Performance
Tracking Trends is Key to Business Survival
Shop Spotlight
Shop Spotlight
Embroidery Design & Digitizing
Embroidery Technique
Screen Printing Production
Screen Printing Technique
Online Directory
Digital Decorating
Ad Index

Impressions - October/November 2013