Brother PE Embroidery Machine | How to Stitch Applique Designs
Demonstrating how to stitch out an applique design on an embroidery machine. I promise its easy to learn and execute, since the machine does most of the work.
First, a placement stitch is done over the area so you know where to put your fabric. Then a tacking stitch over the fabric. Using sharp, curved scissors cut as close to that stitching as possible. Finally a satin stitch covers the raw edges leaving you with a polished, professional finish.
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Simply Applique is a dedicated applique software, designed for applique enthusiasts, quilters and others interested in creating appliques with fabric. This unique software allows you to create appliques by merging designs, lettering and applique, and offers a new ScanNCut compatibility for expanded creative options. This creative applique software allows you to resize and save applique files, and is compatible with most brands of embroidery machines and software.
Built-In Applique Images and 12 Applique Fonts
Built-In Embroidery Accent Designs and 8 Fonts
9 Built-in Embroidery Fonts 76 Split Letters
Merge your own designs from a variety of formats with the built-in lettering, accent designs and appliqué designs
Precision Cut Your Appliqués with ScanNCut/ScanNCut2
Remove Overlap Eliminate bumps in your work with the "Remove Overlap" feature.
Change Stitch Patterns Change the stitch patterns of the built-in lettering to allow larger letters than the parameters suggests. Manually adjust the individual lettering characteristics.
Color individual letters Just simply click the multi-colored lettering button to change the color of each letter.
Draw your own shapes You can also draw your own shapes or draw around embroidery designs to create appliqués.
Garment Templates The garment templates give you realistic previews of your design. Choose from the built-in colors and fabrics, or import your own.
Color Thread Chart The thread chart includes the updated Brother color thread chart.
Fit-to-Hoop/Custom Hoop Sizes Capability Your designs can be automatically sized to fit virtually all hoop sizes. Ability to create custom hoop sizes keeps your software up-to-date.
Save Your Work in a Variety of File Formats Save your work as a BRF file, the native format, as well as in your machine format so that you can return later and finish any necessary editing or complete the design.
Compatible With Most Brands Simply Appliqué is compatible with most brands of embroidery machines and software.
ScanNCut Compatible Precision cut your appliques with the ScanNCut home and hobby cutting machine Save your applique as a cut file (FCM or SVG), then use your ScanNCut to scan and cut your applique
Convert cut files into applique embroidery files Import your FCM file, save it as an embroidery design file (PES or PHC), then embroider it!
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Applique allows you to be more fun and creative in your work. It’s obviously fun to attempt something which is new and can help you in learning technical things about the machine.
The embroidery machine is something that needs to be understood by the user before start using it. It’s different than the basic machine and you have to be focused to understand the mechanism.
If you are already familiar with the whole concept of embroidery machine then this is just the right place for you because today in this post we are helping all the beautiful sewers out there looking for the ways to apply applique with the embroidery machine.
You can use applique to enhance the look of the dress and to make it look expensive, let’s go through the step-by-step guide.
How to Appliqué with Embroidery Machine?
By following every step of the guide, you can apply the applique to the project and this is going to be a smooth project for you.
Step 1 Loading
Basically, you must have seen the small LED screen on the embroidery machine which is helpful when you need to review something before applying or when you are trying to select the specific pattern from the built-in designs.
At the time of doing applique to the dress and to make sure that what designing you are choosing must look the best on the project, you need to load it first.
Load your applique design in the embroidery machine and the design of the appliques are quite simple and you don’t have to go through the complication of editing the whole basic design.
Embroidery machine applique is suitable for all the users who want to complete the project as soon as possible. Just load the specific design to the machine first.
Related: Best Embroidery Machines For The Money
Step 2 Hoop the Material
Now it’s time to move on to the hoop, on which your embroidery will be applied. Before you start doing applique or embroidery on the fabric, you need to stabilize it.
No matter if the fabric is thick or thin but stabilizing is going to help you in calming the fabric and you can apply the design on it smoothly.
Now another step is to apply stabilizer one more time. Between the hoop bottom and needle plate, you need to add a floating layer of stabilizer.
This trick will save your fabric from getting damaged due to any mishap and it will also enhance your applique experience.
Hooping the material will help you in avoiding the complications and you can actually work in peace.
Step 3 The Outline
For the beginners, as we all know that outline is the most important part whenever we are about to draw anything.
In the same way, when we are applying applique for the first time then the first step is to draw the outline to make sure that the design is going to be perfectly fine on the fabric.
You can try any kind of color because later when you are going to apply the applique to the fabric, it will be covered anyway.
Use any thread color but take care of the stitch quality and the settings must be on point. Later you need to cover it up with the whole design after getting satisfied with the outline.
Step 4 Bring the Fabric
After completing the whole outline with the cleanliness, now it’s time to place the applique fabric under the needle.
The problem which may irritate so many sewers is how you are supposed to hold it for the accurate sewing?
You can use a number of tools you usually use in the normal stitching like double sticky tape or you can hold it by hand. I don’t recommend pins as it can damage the needle of the machine.
Hold the applique fabric from one hand so it doesn’t move from the exact location. With the help of the outline, you will get the idea of the edges.
To tack the applique down, use the tacking stitches and it’s barely visible when you will use it on the fabric.
Related: How to Cut Fabric Straight
Step 5 Cut Away and Trim
Now don’t unhoop the whole project but just remove the hoop from the machine.
Take any sharp tool like scissors or rotary cutter to cut the tacking shape we have done before. The blades of the cutting tool must be precise and accurate.
If you want to jump to the professional applique look then first to try to cut that shape into the clean one.
Cut the fabric close to the stitches but don’t cut the stitches. Once you have the whole picture out from the fabric, now it’s much easier for you to trim the whole design of the applique.
In the final touches of the cutting, you need to trim cleanly so at the time of stitching there must be no revealing edges.
Related: What is The Best Rotary Cutter?
Step 6 Final Stitches
Congratulations, you have successfully done the applique work till now. This is time to give a few final stitches to the project to attach it to the project.
This is the reason why before the final step, you need to make sure that trim is up to the mark and the final look of the trimming picture must look like a professional shape all ready to get attached to the fabric.
Now put the hoop back into the machine and push the button to start stitching.
You can use the same color as the fabric or as the applique fabric to hide the stitches or you can use any color.
Some people like to use the decorative stitches as well to prominent that area with some different color but if you want to keep it simple then use the straight stitching and you will be done with the project.
Step 7 Securing
Once you have attached the shape to the fabric with the help of an embroidery machine, now this is the time to secure the shape to the fabric to make sure that everything is at its place and you are done with the whole thing.
To secure the picture, now you have to run one more round of tack stitches. The 2 sets of stitches need to be clean and of high-quality to maintain the even quality.
If you have used the straight stitching in the first shape then you can use the decorative one in this one.
You can also go for some different colors for the second round or if you want to keep the stitches in the contrasting color.
Now you have a finished applique in front of you and you can do it, again and again, to try something new with the other fabrics as well.
Related: Best Embroidery Machine For Small Business
Tips for Machine Appliqué
Now we know the whole process that goes behind creating an appliqué design from an embroidery machine. Here are some tips to follow:
- The fabric to be appliquéd must be well ironed
- Some adhesive spray would be required to work with slippery fabrics
- Some organic fabrics need to be washed before the embroidery in order to give it time to shrink beforehand
- Having a good pair of scissors is a must while working with appliqué designs
With these ideas, making an appliqué design is a rather simple task!
To work with the embroidery machine is not that hard as it seems to be. People usually think that doing applique from the embroidery machine may consume their whole day or when they are at the beginning level then they will not be able to do this.
In reality, doing applique is one of the easiest things you can attempt and this is going to add richness to your sewing experience. Attempt something out of the box and start creating to enhance the skills.
Have you ever thought about using your embroidery machine to mimic Hawaiian applique?
A Hawaiian quilt is a distinctive style of quilt originating in the Hawaiian Islands that uses large, radially symmetric applique patterns. Motifs often feature stylised botanical designs in bold colours on a white background, with the applique made from a single cut on folded fabric. Quilting stitches normally follow the contours of the applique design and therefore it can be a tricky technique to master. However, your Brother VR embroidery machine can make short work of this particular style.
|Figure 1 - Applique designs|
|Figure 2 - Stitching out the applique design|
The VR comes with several built-in applique designs, identified by the fact that the first 3 stitch references are stitches rather than thread colours!
The first is a dotted line with a pair of scissors at one end, and thats the giveaway, because they create the applique element and the placement lines for your applique (figure 1).
All the instructions for creating an applique are in the manual, but here are the basics!
First, prepare your applique fabric. All embroidery pieces need to be stabilised to prevent the design puckering under the stitch pressure. Using a bright, vibrant red fabric, I ironed a piece of Backing material for Embroidery by Brother onto the back of the applique fabric.
Place the prepared fabric in the largest hoop and set up your design (I have chosen design 11). I am using the largest hoop because I have chosen to do the design in a 7-inch square. Start stitching onto the red fabric (Figure 2).
I am stitching in white so you can see it, but you really want to choose a colour that blends into your fabric.
|Figure 3 - Stitching the applique placement line|
Remove the fabric from the hoop and cut out the design. If you are planning to attach the applique to the background fabric with an iron-on interface like HeatNBond, you should iron it on to the back of the fabric before you start cutting out the design. Cut around the outside of the stitch line.
Next, prepare your background fabric I have chosen a traditional, white background - and remember to stabilise the background fabric. You can choose a standard stabiliser, or add wadding to give a more quilted look to your finished piece. The next line of stitches is the applique placement line. This is best stitched in the same colour as the background fabric so you can see it, I have stitched in red (figure 3).
|Figure 4 - Attach the applique to the background, lining it up with the placement stitches|
Remove the hoop from the machine but do not move the fabric! Carefully line your cut applique piece on top of the stitched placement lines.
You can use a fabric glue to attach it, or if you have used HeatNBond, a mini iron is a perfect way to make everything secure (figure 4).
|Figure 5 - Stitching the applique down|
Put the hoop back on the machine, making sure that you do not move any of the fabric. The third row of stitches will attach the applique figure 5). For design 11, it is a blanket stitch, while other designs may use a satin stitch. This is why the placement of the applique is so important the stitching should firmly attach the fabric edges and will prevent any further fraying of the fabric.
Once the applique is attached, the rest of the design can be stitched in the usual manner. For pattern 11 on this machine, the design includes stitching inside and outside the applique designs. You can of course choose not to add any of these elements if you do not want them.
With the VR, you are in control of the final piece. So stop thinking of your machine as a tool to create standard embroidery designs it can be used for so much more!
|The finished article!|
Machine embroidery applique brother
Applique Tutorial for Machine Embroidery
Appliques are not only fun and easy, they also allow you to really get creative by using up any stray pieces of fabric you've kept around. No leftover fabric? Then you can have even more fun by grabbing your scissors and cutting up those clothes you still have but haven't worn in years.
Use appliques to embellish an inexpensive gift or to create something unique very quickly.
After reading the tutorial try it yourself and download the pattern I used.
The designs are often very simple as this picture of the Brother PR control panels shows.
Hoop the Finished Material
In this picture I have stabilized my material with Sulky Sticky +™, a self-adhesive, tear-away stabilizer.
Between the bottom of the hoop and the needle plate I have another 'floating' layer of stabilizer
If you are not familiar with this hooping technique, see this tutorial on using Sulky® Sticky Stabilizer.
The Applique's Outline
You can try using double-stick tape but usually it's just as easy to hold it down.
In this picture the red arrow is pointing to the barely visible pattern.
Get close to the stitches but try not to cut too many of them.
Then the final outline stitch is applied, putting the finishing touch on your applique. (The blue arrow.) This is usually a satin stitch.
See how easy that is? You can do the same applique over and over again with different fabrics for a new look every time.
In this picture you can see I have some stray threads of the material showing outside the pattern. (I could have trimmed closer.) They are easy to snip and then I run a lint remover over the pattern to get rid of those pieces.
Ready to Applique?
Select your format and download a free zipped file of the Club design used in this tutorial.
Browse the Applique Designs
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If youre new to embroidery, one of the fun things you can do with an embroidery machine is applique all sorts of things!
Thus, I want to show you how to applique with an embroidery machine in this tutorial. Well go through the process step-by-step with pictures.
Ill describe a few different methods to cut fabric and finally show you how to use built-in frames on a Brother embroidery machine to make your own applique designs!
Appliqueing may seem like a confusing task at first, but once you understand how appliques are created and stitched, youll see how easy, fast, and fun they can be to create!
What is an embroidered applique?
An applique is one piece of fabric stitched onto another piece of fabric with a decorative stitch border.
Basically, instead of using thread to create fill-stitches, you use a piece of fabric to fill and provide color to a design. This is efficient for saving thread and decreasing thickness and puckering on designs that may be too stitch dense otherwise for lightweight fabrics.
While appliques take more interaction from you, the active stitching time for your machine is much less! And while appliques can be created by hand, a sewing machine, or an embroidery machine, appliqueing with an embroidery machine is by far the quickest and most accurate way to create an applique.
What can you applique? What fabrics work best for applique?
You can put an applique on almost anything that can be embroidered (within reason). I like to applique shirts, sweatshirts, towels, blankets, onesies, and even baseball caps, for example. Ill refer to these items to be embroidered as base fabrics from here on out.
Picking a good quality applique fabric is important, too. Check out my master list of ideas for fabrics to use for applique. You can use cotton (my go-to is quilting cotton), denim, canvas, Minky, lace, twill, felt, faux leather, terry cloth, and even knit fabrics.
I like to use up my scrap fabric stash or dig through clothes and other household items I plan to repurpose to find fabric, too (read: where to get cheap fabric to repurpose to see some examples!) Whats most important is that your fabric is prewashed and youve picked a compatible needle, thread, and embroidery base.
Common Parts of An Applique Embroidery Design
While the specifics may differ between digitizers, there are three common parts of most applique embroidery designs.
- Placement or Outline Stitch: This stitches on your base fabric, showing where to place the applique fabric.
- Tacking or Tackdown Stitch(es): This stitch attaches the applique fabric to your base fabric. This can be a running stitch (straight stitch), a zigzag stitch, or a running stitch followed by a zigzag stitch (depending on the digitizer and embroidery program).
- Border Stitch: Usually a satin or other decorative stitch, the border stitch finishes the edges of the applique. Traditional satin stitches are very short-length zigzag stitches that keep the applique fabric edges from unraveling. In contrast, raw-edge appliques where the applique fabric is meant to stick out and fray may have just a nice, dense running stitch as the border stitch. Bean stitches are also really fun!
Three Ways to Get the Applique Fabric Down to the Perfect Size
Before I show you how to applique on an embroidery machine, here are three ways to cut your applique fabric to the perfect size for your design.
1. Stitch and Cut
The easiest way in many cases is to cut fabric immediately after the tacking stitch. (This is what Ill be modeling in this tutorial.)
All you have to do is place a piece of rectangular fabric over the placement stitch and then cut it down to size after the tacking stitch. Precision is necessary when trimming the fabric, though, which may be difficult for very ornate designs or users with decreased dexterity. This method works especially great with a satin stitch applique border because this thick stitching covers any imprecisions.
2. Cut To Size Before Placement
If you dont want to trim your fabric while its in the hoop, you can cut the applique fabric to size before placing it on your base fabric. I like to use this method when embroidering raw-edge appliques or appliques surrounded by a blanket stitch. I get a cleaner cut since theres less crazy maneuvering needing to be done with the base fabric still hooped.
The first way to pre-cut fabric is to print the applique template file from your computer. You may need to use embroidery software to access it if it isnt included with your download. Then, using the printed template, cut the fabric to the exact size. (Read: how to use freezer paper in sewing. I show how to print an applique template on freezer paper, iron it to fabric, and use that to help cut the perfect shape!)
If the design comes with an SVG file, you can also use a die-cutting machine like a Cricut, Silhouette, or Scan n Cut to cut the shape to the perfect size. At first, I was skeptical of what I might do with my Cricut Maker, but it is absolutely the most versatile craft tool I own. If you dont have good dexterity or cant snip precisely, this is the best way to get a perfect applique shape. (Check out 5 ways to use a Cricut in embroidery for more info!)
3. Stitching Twice
This is much more time-consuming and materials-consuming, but you may prefer not cutting fabric on your actual base fabric and risk accidentally cutting through it.
In this method, youll stitch the placement stitch on your base fabric and remove the hoop. Then, youll hoop your applique fabric with embroidery stabilizer and stitch another placement or tacking stitch on it. Then, cut out the applique fabric along the stitch you just made. This will be the perfect size for your base fabric.
What stabilizer to use in the hoop?
Base your stabilizer on the base fabric youre stitching the applique on. Use tear-away on stable fabrics and cut-away on stretchy fabrics. If youre not sure what this means, read my machine embroidery stabilizer guide for beginners and get a free printable.
Im appliqueing on a knit shirt in this tutorial, so I picked a no-show mesh stabilizer, which is a type of cut-away stabilizer.
What to use on the back of the applique fabric?
You can embroider without stabilizing the back of the applique fabric, but Ive found that produces more wrinkles and a poorer result, especially after repeated washings! I always use HeatnBond Lite for appliques. You could also use a piece of cut-away stabilizer sprayed with temporary fabric adhesive (ex. Odif ), fusible webbing, or even lightweight sewing interfacing if youre in a bind.
Supplies for Machine Embroidery Applique
Heres what youll need to gather before creating your first applique.
How to Embroider an Applique With an Embroidery Machine
First, prewash both your base fabric and your applique fabric if youll ever wash the item youre appliqueing. Its no good when you applique a new % cotton piece of fabric to a prewashed t-shirt and send it through the wash. An unwashed cotton applique will shrink disproportionately to a prewashed t-shirt, and thats bad news.
1. Setting Up the Fabric and Machine for Applique
Next, mark your fabric where you plan to applique. Usually, Ill use water-soluble fabric pens, but I opted for my chalk wheel since my shirt was darker.
Then, hoop the appropriate stabilizer and base fabric.
For this tutorial, I very lightly sprayed my PolyMesh cut-away stabilizer with temporary fabric adhesive first to adhere it to the shirt and then hooped. If you need help hooping, check out how to hoop fabric for machine embroidery for tips and tricks! While some embroidery enthusiasts hate adhesive spray, it helps me hoop accurately and tautly, so Im a big fan!
If your base fabric doesnt hoop, you can always float the fabric above the hooped stabilizer. To note, your stabilizer needs to be at least 1 larger than the hoop size on each side to hoop properly. My stabilizer isnt lined up in the center of the picture, but I have more than enough on each side!
Usually, Ill use water-soluble topping when embroidering t-shirts, but since this was simply an applique design and not too stitch-dense, I skipped this.
If your applique fabric has a nap or pile (for example, terry cloth, velvet, faux fur), float one layer of water-soluble topping (ex: Sulky Solvy) on top after youve hooped your fabric. Youll just tear away and then wash away residual topping when youre done with the project.
Next, place the hoop into your embroidery machine. Make sure to pull all fabric out from underneath and around the embroidery area if youre embroidering on a two-sided embroidery blank. I usually use hair clips, clothespins, or even painters tape to hold excess fabric out of the way.
2. Stitching the Placement or Outline Stitch
Now, double-check that you have the right needle and thread in your machine. Load your design and center it with your markings.
Then, lower your presser foot, and press start to have your machine stitch the placement stitch. I use the same color thread for the placement stitch, tacking stitch, and satin stitch when Im appliqueing and match it to my applique fabric. You can use any color you want for the placement stitch, though, since it wont be seen on the finished product.
3. Prepping the Applique Fabric
Meanwhile, cut a piece of applique fabric an inch or two larger than the dimensions of the stitched design. Then, adhere your chosen backing to the applique fabric.
For me, this meant placing a piece of HeatnBond Lite with the textured side down onto the back of the applique fabric. I then pressed it on medium heat (the iron goes over the paper part of the backing) and let it cool. The paper layer then peels right off, leaving the backing remaining on the fabric.
Gently place the cut fabric on top of the placement stitch. Make sure all the placement stitch lines are covered. If you think the fabric will slip around, you can add a little spray adhesive to adhere it better.
4. Embroider the Tacking Stitch
Next, use the tackdown stitch to create the cutting line and secure fabric in place. Sometimes this will be a running stitch or zigzag stitch. If its a straight stitch, sometimes the designer will also follow up with a zigzag. So, just check your design.
Remove your hoop from the machine, and use a pair of sharp embroidery scissors, duckbill applique scissors, or even double-curved embroidery scissors to clip the fabric away from the side of the tacking stitch.
Snip as close to the line as you can without accidentally clipping any of the stitches or base fabric, usually 1/8 or closer. Make sure not to shift the fabric within the hoop, as this will mess with alignment. No need to be too perfect if youre using a wide satin stitch as a border, though.
If you have a mini-iron (I think mine is one of the best mini-irons!), go ahead and press the appliqued fabric to adhere it permanently to the shirt. If you dont have a small iron, just make sure to press at the end to adhere permanently!
5. Finishing Up With the Border Stitch
Next, replace your hoop and stitch the satin stitch (or another decorative outside stitch) to finish the outside of the applique. The little V stitch you see below is just another tacking stitch this design has before it stitches the satin stitch.
Repeat this same process for any other parts of a multi-fabric applique design, and continue stitching with other colored threads until the design is completed.
6. Finishing Touches on the Appliqued Project
Remove your finished project from the hoop, and pat yourself on the back!
Tear off any water-soluble topping, and tear or cut-away your stabilizer from the back of the project.
Trim jump stitches that you hadnt already removed with embroidery scissors, and get rid of any extra fabric fuzz that came when you snipped the fabric. Its easy to do this with a lint roller or piece of tape.
Since I appliqued a t-shirt with my embroidery machine, I needed to make sure the itchy stitches wouldnt rub my daughters chest. Thus, I ironed on a piece of Tender Touch backing to the inside of the shirt behind the embroidery design.
Give the applique a final press from the back, if needed, to remove any wrinkles and make it look extra pretty! I also remove any hoop marks and chalk marks with Magic Sizing Spray or water.
How to Create Your Own Applique Designs on Your Embroidery Machine
Now that you know the steps for machine applique, lets talk about creating simple designs using your machine. If this process below is confusing, let me know, and Ill make a video for it.
If you have a Brother embroidery machine (Brother PE, SE, SE, SE, for instance), youll have built-in frames on your machine that you can combine or use in succession to make applique designs. With other brands of embroidery machines, you may also have this capability, so check out your user manual!
Just know that creating an applique on your machine to stitch bigger than your max hoop size is not possible. So if you have a Brother PE, SE, or SE, this means the biggest applique you can make is 4x4. Thats why I eventually upgraded to the SE, which has a 5x7 embroidery area,
To access frames on your Brother embroidery machine, press the embroidery button and then the frames icon. Choose your desired shape.
Within this shape, well want to combine 3 frames. Scroll through the options for your chosen shape, and press Set to select the running stitch version of the shape. (Just a straight stitch around.)
Then, add a second running stitch shape the same size and shape as the first. Finally, end by adding your decorative stitch. I chose a satin stitch here, but there are many fun options if you check them out!
Press Edit End, adjust your shape, and press Embroidery. You should then see the three shapes set to stitch in three different sections like below.
If your machine doesnt combine frames, just stitch them one by one in succession without making the combination. How fun is it to be able to make your own applique designs without embroidery software?
How to Applique With an Embroidery Machine Conclusion
And, thats it! I hope this beginner machine applique embroidery tutorial has taught you how to applique with your embroidery machine. I love how I can personalize outfits for my daughters and make super cute embroidered gifts for friends and birthday parties.
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