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Exploring Machine Appliqué:  A Beginner Machine Appliqué Class 

Debra Sidler, Teacher
Monday, January 27, 2020
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bernina Sewing Center
5405 East Fowler Avenue
Temple Terrace, FL  33617
Phone:  813-969-2458

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Morning:  Debra demoing many types of machine appliqué.
After lunch:  Practicing machine appliqué on your machine with your fabric.  Use scraps if desired!

Before Class:
Preparing your fat quarter background for class: 

  • The background cotton needs to be stiffened so that the machine stitches lay beautifully flat and smooth. 
  • The easiest, least expensive way to stiffen your background is with starch–as stiff as a piece of paper. It would be best to do this at home to save time.
  • Saturate your background with firm spray starch–it should be dripping. You may alternatively use starch concentrate at 1/2 concentration, i.e., 1/2 tap water to 1/2 concentrate.  Let it soak in a bowl until saturated. Let it air dry. Speed up the drying process by putting a fan on it.  This will take about 30 minutes. You may also put it in clothes dryer on air only–no heat. This takes longer but works well.
  • When dry or nearly dry, press. If wrinkled, spray lightly with water or more starch, use a pressing cloth, which is a thin piece of cotton or silk, to prevent fabric from sticking to your iron. This is very very easy.
  • You may alternatively use a tear-away product that you adhere to the wrong side of your background fabric. This is generally considered more expense and more trouble; but if you prefer it, go with it.  Your choice.

REV. 2/19/20