LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Needle-Turn Applique - Basics
Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.
This little demo will show you how I do the basic “Needle-Turn” Applique stitch -
On this sample -
The blue is the appliqué
The muslin is the background
I’m going to use black thread for contrast
I would normally match the thread color to the applique (not the background)
Make a quilter’s knot
Bring the needle up in the appliqué about ¼” in from the raw edge
Use the needle to “turn” under the ¼”
(and you wondered how the stitch got it’s name??)
Take a stitch –
Insert the needle “in” the background/muslin -
directly across from where the needle came “out” of the appliqué -
and point the needle at an angle to come “out” again in the fold of the appliqué a little bit away
Take a couple of stitches
Can you see the stitches?
How about I pull it apart – can you see them now?
And If I pull the stitches tight again – can you still see them?
Well – that’s EXACTLY what we want – isn’t it??
Talk to you later – gotta go – gotta sew –