So, what exactly ARE "pre-fused,
laser-cut kits?" These are raw-edge appliqué kits that have
all the appliqué pieces already perfectly cut out for you! This is
done with the most extreme precision,
using an industrial laser machine. They come with a fusible
adhesive already applied to the back of the fabric, so all you have to do is peel
off the paper backing, iron down the pieces, and do the fun
blocks are a new trend that makes appliqué quilting quick, easy and
achievable to everyone. If you have always admired appliqué, but have
been afraid to try it, this is a great way to attempt it for the
first time. Not only is it great for beginner appliqué, but many experienced appliqué enthusiasts love this process as
the fabric selection, the drawing, the fusing, and the cutting is
all done for you, this method is also a great time-saving method for
No work—all fun!
Wow! It's all cut out for me?!
you first open your kit, it will look something
The appliqué shapes
have paper-backed fusible attached to the back side of the fabric.
To release the paper backing, scratch the paper in the center with a
long straight pin to get an opening--then carefully pull away the
paper from each shape.
They also may have a few little tabs that need to be cut-- this
prevents small pieces from getting lost. A few little snips with
small sharp scissors releases them from the larger fabric piece.
Try to pull the paper backing off BEFORE snipping the pieces out!
You can see from this photo that some of the appliqué shapes have
had the tabs cut so you can see the actual shapes.
Place your background fabric on top of your pattern. Use a small
dab from a water soluble glue stick to hold each appliqué shape in
place using your pattern as a guide for placement. If the pattern
design does not show through your background fabric, you can use a light box for easier
In most cases, the pieces just touch or slightly overlap. The stems
should slightly tuck under
at each end.
When you are happy with your placements, fuse the shapes in place
according to the directions on your fusible product. Not all
products will work properly with a hot iron so if you are unsure,
use a scrap piece to test until you are satisfied with the results .
Use a lift and lower motion so that the pieces do not shift before
they are fully fused. NOTE: if there are places that do not want to
stick, simply use a touch of glue to hold them in place until they
block shown to the right has been fused and is ready for stitching.
A thin tear away stabilizer is a good idea to insure the stitching
stays smooth. Once stitched it can easily be removed.
The most common
stitches used in fusible machine appliqué are the satin stitch, the
zig zag stitch, and the buttonhole stitch.
the photo below
is a very narrow zig zag stitch with a regular sewing thread in a
color that matched the fabric color, or was just slightly darker to
outline the shapes. Each machine is different, so
it is best to make a sample--you want the stitch to be just off the
edge of the shape and bite into the shape by about one-eighth of an inch.
A satin stitch (a closer zig zag) also looks very nice,
but takes longer and uses more thread. In both cases, when
you use these types of stitches, you stop with the needle down on the outside
of an outside curved shape and and vice versa for an inside curved
When you come to a point, such as at the tip of a leaf, you can taper
the zig zag stitch if you have that option on your machine.
You also need to lower your tension (go to a lower number on the
tension dial) and use a lower pressure, so that the fabric can be
turned easily. A knee lift on your machine is very useful to
help you turn the fabric as you sew around the curves and
indentations (but not necessary.)
some places, there is a small blanket stitch around the outside of
some of the shapes. The blanket stitch should just touch the
outside of the shape and take a very small bite (about one-eighth of
an inch) into the shape. This will be enough to hold the shape in
place and keep it from fraying.
When using a blanket stitch, try to have one stitch right at the
tip--there should be three stitches at the point--the two outside ones
form a V with one stitch right at the point in the middle of the V.
A combination of the two stitches (zig zag and blanket) can be used
to add a bit of interest to the look of the appliqué.
block is partly stitched--it is shown here so that you can see that
it does wrinkle up a little. That much seemed acceptable, and with
pressing, it became perfectly flat after the stitching was completed.
It is shown here so that you won't worry! Just try pressing as you
go along, to make sure that the final project will lie nice and
flat. Then, when you quilt around the shapes later, that will
give dimension to the shapes--everything looks better when it is
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