First of all I have joined Sew Cal in her Christmas Challenge, to make something for Christmas each month as gifts. Notice my side button...it will take you there for the rules if you want to join.
Here is what I have learned during the course of my Raw Edge Applique learning.
1. Of course, I use a blanket stitch.
2. For one, I used to tie my loose threads. In my horror I had given a quilt to someone and when they held it up I noticed that the stitches were coming out. How embarrassing is that?
So..........now I take about eight to ten straight stitches before I begin my blanket stitch and then when I come to the blanket stitches at the end of my stitching I take eight to ten more stitches (trying to make them tiny). This seems to work.
3. I have found that using a mechanical pencil to trace my patterns onto the paper back of my fusible works the best for me.
4. Always follow the instructions for your Fusible of choice.
5. Sometimes using glue is just as good. My favorite glue is Elmers Glue Sticks, I have tried about five other kinds and have found that Elmers is what works best for me. Also, you may have a few tiny puckers using glue so if the project means a lot to you, I would stick with the fusible.
6. I have also found that it is easier to do a continuous stitch, meaning that when I start my blanket stitch I continue on....when I come to a part that does not need to be blanket stitched I put my machine on straight stitch and just go around until I find the next spot that needs to be blanket stitched.
7. Never be afraid to lower your stitch length when going around smaller parts, you can always return it to the regular stitch you were using when done with the small part.
8. Try not to be too heavy footed when blanket stitching, sometimes when you go to fast you get the "V" shape especially when you go around the curves.
9. When I first started Blanket Stitching I thought that it always had to be in black thread. I think any color you want...there are no rules (are there?)....if so, I have probably broken all of them.
10. To save time I have sometimes blanket stitch through the quilt sandwich. (the top, batting, and backing)
11. If by chance you accidentally iron the piece in the wrong place, quickly pull it up. Use a paper towel or a scrap of fabric, place over the spot and iron. Keep ironing until you get all of the adhesive up. It really does work (don't ask me how I know).....
12. I you are familiar with my blog you will know that I was in love with Steam a Seam, then the Steam a Seam was becoming harder and harder to find. That is when I switched to Heat N Bond Lite (make sure it is lite and not heavy for you appliqueing). I love Heat N Bond and have found that is is cheaper than Steam a Seam.