Using double sided fusible material, the applique fabric is fused to the background fabric. This method is called raw edge machine applique because the edges are not finished before decorative stitching is added.
Here are the steps for preparing a piece for raw edge machine applique:
- Transfer the applique design onto the paper side of the fusible material.
- Using a hot iron, fuse the paper to the wrong side of the applique fabric.
- Cut out the applique design.
- Remove the paper backing.
- Fuse the applique to the background.
Stitch around the raw edges of the applique to secure it to the background. See the article, Machine Applique Stitches,for information about stitching the applique.
Preparing Raw Edge Machine Applique
The video below is a demonstration of how to prepare for raw edge machine applique using Heat N Bond Lite.
Tips for Raw Edge Machine Applique
The Fusible Product – You will need a double sided fusible product such as Heat N Bond Lite used in the video. Choose the lite version for cotton quilting fabric.
Transfer the Design – For symmetric designs, such as the heart, the design can be traced by placing the rough side of the fusible paper on top of the design. For non-symmetric designs, such as a number or letter the transfer process is different. Turn the design over and place the rough side of the fusible paper on the back. Use a light box or window to trace the design.
Fuse to Applique Fabric – Follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the product.
Using the Scan and Cut
Here are instructions for using the Scan and Cut from Brother to prepare raw edge machine applique.
Scan the design.
Fuse to wrong side of fabric.
Scan the fabric.
Position the design over the fabric.
Cut out the design.
Remove the paper backing.
Fuse applique to background fabric.
NOTE: Many quilters stop at this step. I recommend that you stitch around the edges to secure the applique to the background. I have seen many fused applique pieces come off the fabric after washing.
The next step is stitching around the edges. Read the article, Machine Applique Stitches, for more information.