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Date: 11/10/12 0:44 AM

I have only just started sewing and havn't yet used appliques on clothing, except for a couple of small iron-on motifs.

I am making matching aprons for my nieces and their mum for Christmas. I wanted to put their names on them but not sure what to use to do this?

Iron-on motifs here (Australia) aren't cheap and at approx $3 per letter it works out a little expensive.

Is there another way to put their names on the aprons? I have seen a bit about making your own appliques and sewing them on - is this easy for a beginner?

I also considered fabric paint, but again I have not done this before - don't want it to look too tacky!

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Date: 11/10/12 8:47 AM

Making appliqué letters and names is a simple matter, but it requires the right supplies. If you can access a fusible web product such as WonderUnder or Steam-A-Seam, that is the most important notion and it's not terribly expensive here in the U.S.

Harriett Hargrave has a wonderful book Mastering Machine Applique which I highly recommend. I was able to learn how to machine applique from this book!

As for the letters, you would buy a nice fabric that coordinates well with the apron color, draw or trace letters (mirror image of course) on to the back of the fusible web after you have fused it to the lettering fabric,. Cut out, arrange to your taste on the apron, fuse, and then satin stitch around the edges.

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Date: 11/10/12 8:52 PM

Thank you - it doesn't sound as complicated as I thought. I have read a few different places about using the fusible web. I guess its just a matter of finding a template for the letters.

But I don't need an embroidery machine do I? Sounds like I can do it with a normal sewing machine?

Thank you very much :)

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Date: 11/10/12 9:20 PM

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But I don't need an embroidery machine do I? Sounds like I can do it with a normal sewing machine?

No, an embroidery machine is absolutely not necessary. Machine appliqué with a sewing machine is how we all did it for ages. If your machine has "needle down" feature, that makes it even easier.

Definitely practice first, using the satin stitch on your sewing machine and similar type fabrics that mimic the apron and lettering fabric.

If you can use a thinner (finer) bobbin thread and loosen the top tension a bit, the stitching will look much nicer.
DEFINITELY do some practicing.

You'll also want to stabilize the apron fabric, so that the satin stitching does not cause any puckers.

If you can get hold of that Harriett Hargrave book (check your local library), it is full of excellent information that will be helpful to you.

ETA - - - I just now ran a "Google" search on the phrase
how to machine applique and found a lot of good blogs, videos, etc.
-- Edited on 11/10/12 9:22 PM --

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Date: 11/10/12 9:27 PM

You can paint the names on the aprons using acrylic paint, if you are nervous about your lettering you can print out a nice font and then use that to make a stencil out of Bristol board or a manilla folder or an index card you can use paint in the stencil or you can trace the lettering on the aprons using dressmaking carbon and then embroider over the letters using a machine satin stitch....this will look much classier than an iron on.

If you are nervous painting directly on the apron you can embroider the names on a separate piece of fabric and then stitch that on to the apron.you can also outline your acrylic paint letters with machine stitching ( either a straight stitch or a satin stitch.

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Date: 11/10/12 9:41 PM

Awesome, will have to look up some more blogs and videos. And sounds like practise, practise, practise is the key Thank you

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Date: 11/10/12 9:44 PM

This is a great alternative to the "normal" way I have been reading about. I have a few different ideas now - thank you so much for your help

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Date: 11/10/12 11:55 PM

Just saw this on pinterest ... Tought I would share the idea... http://pinterest.com/pin/83809243037106362/?e_t=55a23baf9dea4c2486204b26b5fc5680&e_t_s=pin-liked&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=activity_aggregation

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Date: 11/11/12 0:15 AM

I do lettering on fabric all the time. Practice If you have ever done calligraphy on paper...it's essentially the same thing. use a square tipped brush with not too much paint on it.

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