What happens with your applique edges?! Â This is one of those things where I have to think about the project and everything to decide what kind of applique edge I will be doing to finish the project.
There are a few different ways to do it and they vary from machine to hand work. Â All of them I have used…but I do have a favorite. Â The raw edge applique is kind of the one I use a lot. Â I’m sort of lazy and like to be finished with the project.
I don’t have the talent of patience and really to just run it under the machine and be done is golden for me.
Applique Edges & Finishes~
Whip stitch –
This is somewhat similar to raw edge applique. Â You aren’t too worried about the edges and yes there is a possibility of them fraying a little bit. Â You will want to use a fusible under the fabric so it helps keep it secure to the fabric. Â This method is really done by hand. Â The sewing machine isn’t going to give you the mix of lengths and widths like your handwork. Â It’s very UNstructured and perfect.
Button Hole –
This can be done either by hand or machine. Â There are a few sewing machines that don’t offer this stitch, so just be aware of that when you are purchasing a sewing machine.
Button hole TutorialÂ – by hand
Satin Stitch –
Depending on how close your stitch is this could also be considered either a satin stitch or a regular zig zag stitch. Â You can have a lot of control with this stitch with your sewing machine. Â Play with the depth of the stitch as well as how close the stitches are. Â Depending on those settings you can chose not to use a fusible. Â A quick tack with glue stick will keep it in place until you secure it with the stitching.
Raw Edge –
This is a super simple way to applique edges. Â You just follow along the edge and stitch. Â Can be 1/4″ from the edge or right along it. Â Use a black thread and go over it a few times for a more loose and whimsy look.
Reverse Applique –
This is thinking a little bit backwards, but it’s still a kind of applique you can finish your edges with. Â It’s where the fabric on the top is cut to reveal fabric underneath– and it’s the top fabric that is raw edged..or finished off with a button hole or zig zag/satin stitch.
Button Hole Applique – by hand
No sewing machine required. Â Use needle and thread and the button hole stitch to finish the raw edges of your applique piece. Â Simple to do and gives the edges a very nice finished look.
Button Hole Applique- by hand
Button Hole Stitch by sewing machine
Using your sewing machine can make the process of finishing the applique edge quick and easy. Â Play with your machines settings to find the one that you like the best, then stitch your pieces down.
Do you have a favorite method for finishing your edges on applique? Â