Janet Wachter, Chair
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
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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!
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.