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Machine Embroidery Applique



The technique of applique has been around for almost 2500 years.  The word applique comes from the French meaning "applied, fastened to as a decorative feature, as a sconce, applied to a surface". Applique began as a practical way to mend holes in tents, blankets, and clothing.  Examples date back to the ancient Egyptians and Middle Ages.  The process was used to strengthen worn fabrics, patch holes, and add decorative flair to banners and ceremonial costumes.  Modern day, applique is essentially the technique of sewing or fusing fabric pieces or patches of different shapes and patterns to make a  larger piece or form a picture or pattern.  There are many ways to applique - hand (including needle turn, freezer paper, outline on wrong side and iron under), Raw Edge Fused and Machine Applique (fused to a background with a decorative machine stitch applied around the edge of the shape.  



In the class, you will learn how to machine appliqué embroidery.  We will show you how to cut appliqué (including tips on fussy cutting), choose & apply the right interfacing/stabilizer and use your machine to finish the edges. You will learn about the different types of appliqué stitches (satin, blanket, etc.) and how to choose them for the type of machine applique embroidery you are creating.  You will learn about the different brands & types of interfacings/stabilizers including Steam-A-Seam, MistyFuse and Stitch Witchery.  We will also provide our recommendations on best notions & scissors like Perfect Scissors and the Bo-Nash appli-fuse mat.  



We will provide recommendations on fabrics to use for fussy cutting or provide templates you can use to create fun appliqués, or bring your own!  Class will include a lecture + workshop.  

Please bring your own:

- Sewing Machine or rent from us for an additional $35 (please call in advance to reserve)
- Basic sewing tools:  scissors, pins, seam ripper, good quality thread and 75/11 embroidery sewing machine needles etc.)
- A few different fat quarters or scrap fabrics to use for appliqué, or purchase from us at a 15% discount. 
- Applique template design or use one of ours!

Minimum Class Size:  We reserve the right to cancel class if there is less than two students signed up for the class.  We will let you know 24 hours in advance if we do not have enough students and will give you an opportunity to sign up for an alternative class.  This class is for intended for 18 years or older; please contact the shop if you'd like an exception. 

You may cancel class up to 24 hrs in advance of your class start time; after which you will forfeit your class fee unless we can fill your spot from the waiting list, or you can send a friend.  We appreciate your understanding on this - as a small business, we are fortunate enough to have only the best instructors and they need to be paid! All cancellations must be received in writing, info@santacruzvacnsew.com.  Sorry, no exceptions.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Staff
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Price includes class fee and use of our machine applique embroidery templates & class supplies like Perfect Scissors, applique pins, etc.

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