Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What is Applique

Applique refers to using fabric shapes or designs usually on the trim of a garment that sewed or glued. In the sewing terms, an appliqué refers to a needlework technique in which pieces of fabric, embroidery, or other materials are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create designs, patterns or pictures. Applique is not only fun and easy, it also allow you to really get creative by using up any stray pieces of fabric. Embroidery may also be used in applique, to attach the pieces being mounted or as a supplement to the design and to create more texture and a more distinctive pattern. 

How to Design Applique
With Wilcom Embroidery Studio e1.5, We can quickly and easily create unique monograms with motifs and borders. Create striking appliques with the Wilcom’s applique tool which automatically builds all the tack-down, base and finishing stitches your machine requires. There are a couple of ways of adjusting the offset of the applique. When you create any graphical object in the Graphics Mode and select it icons will appear in the top toolbar including the applique icon. The Applique is really created with your line tools.  We can also adjust our applique size,  below are the easy way to adjust applique size: 
  • Break the applique apart so you have them as a Run object and input C object.  
  • Then you can convert them to any other line object.  
  • Make a copy of the run stitch that was created for your applique placement then while the run object is selected click your input C tool (or right click the object and select Convert to Input C. This will prompt you to defined the width of you column instead of defending the width with your left mouse button use your right mouse button this will create the offset from the line.  
  • Then you can delete the old coverage stitch object. 
  • If you had more than 1 applique you can use the combine applique components (this feature not available on wilcom 2006)  and this will also brake it apart.
Machine embroidery applique is an easy technique, quick and produces wonderful results without lots of stitching. Modern consumer embroidery machines quickly stitch applique designs by following a program.  We can make some applique with different fabrics for a new look in easy ways.  Follow these steps:
  • First, the fabric that will be the background and the applique fabric are affixed into the machine's embroidery hoop.
  • Be sure to stabilize it just as you would for any kind of machine embroidery. 
  • Place your applique fabric over the outline. Make sure the fabric isn't stretched and there's no puckering by hold the fabric in place. Other way You can use double-stick tape so it doesn't pucker or bunch up on you.
  • The tacking stitch sews next, tacking the applique fabric down.
  • Then cuts away the excess appliqué fabric from around the basting stitch. 
  • Put the hoop back in the machine and push the button.
  • Following this, the machine continues on program. Now your machine will run another tacking stitch around the pattern.
  • Then the final outline stitch is applied, putting the finishing touch on your applique.
  • If you resize applique design, in best case you will be able to use it as regular embroidery design (not applique) by skipping the first outlines that are supposed to hold applique fabric.
We can use appliques to embellish T-shirt, pillowcase or to create something unique very quickly. Nowadays, many appliques are more often imported from China to keep costs down. Since many designers use appliques that are mass-produced, that is why we can easily find matching accessories or in various items with the same applique. Lets create our own unique applique design.

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  1. In this post provide awesome information about Applique refers to using fabric shapes or designs and also describe all info about needlework technique in which pieces of fabric, embroidery, or other materials. So thanks for share this valuable information.

  2. Does the embird program allow you to transfer the appliques to the program so that you can manuever the names? I am new to this and the only program I have to the monogram wizard plus.

  3. I never knew that it depended on the number of stitches one got. I just assumed that it was so much per image that was placed on the garment. Guess you learn something new each day.