I've never done applique with the embroidery machine (actually, I've only done one applique in my life), and while I love the cleverness of the designs in the set Andy gave me for Christmas, the instructions do presume a level of basic knowledge which I don't have. I was hoping for some suggestions on what type of material to use, as a few minutes with Google only turned up a suggestion not to use fabric that is "too" prone to ravel. Satin is prone to raveling, but I wasn't sure if it ravels "too" much or just enough, but as I couldn't think of anything else to use--nor find anything sort of shiny that ravels less.
In the example,
Using two layers of water soluble stabilizer, I hooped up and started. The first step is an outline of where the fabric goes. First lessons learned: a little fabric glue can really help at this point, and one needs to cut the thread in order to get the fabric in the right place. Good to know.
Then the machine stitches out the design (those three leaf things), THEN the outline of the applique. I guess this makes sense, so if one wanted to change thread colors, one wouldn't have the wrong color on the outline, but this is why the fabric glue would help.
Because I didn't know what I was doing, the ornaments weren't ones that I could start and move on to other things as Jeeves embroidered, but I did take a break after the second ornament to scrounge out these,
Or not. After cutting out the pants, I needed 2 1/8 yards of fabric left for the top, but what I had laid out on the floor looked suspiciously less than two. And IS less than two. If the 12 yards thing had been correct, it should have been about 5 yards left. I guess the GOOD news is that I'm branching out--usually I leave the math mistakes for knitting. I decided to go ahead and sew the pants together, and through a lucky scrounge of the sewing room..............