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Appliqué Your Knits With Machine Embroidery

with Lisa Archer
Appliqué Your Knits With Machine Embroidery
Get a handle on tricky knits and learn expert tips for embroidering flawless appliqués!

Explore various appliqué styles and discover an array of innovative techniques guided by designer Lisa Archer. Create a chic knit skirt as Lisa walks you through choosing the best materials as well as stabilizing and prepping your fabrics. Dive into reverse appliqué with a trendy infinity scarf, and learn how to trim away the interior shape without nicking the appliqué fabric. Customize a split appliqué with a name or phrase of your choice — the options are endless! Add a pocket appliqué to a child’s shirt, and make an adorable in-the-hoop monster to pair it with. Finally, create a colorful t-shirt quilt, and use part of a design file to do the quilting, too. Conquer knit fabric and add another dimension of style to gifts and apparel with raw-edge, reverse, split and pocket appliqué!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Raw-Edge Appliqué Skirt

  • Meet your instructor, appliqué designer Lisa Archer, and dive into your first project as you add a darling appliqué design to a skirt using the raw-edge method.


Lesson 2. Reverse Appliqué Infinity Scarf

  • Continue to develop your hooping, stitching and trimming skills as Lisa walks you through the steps to make a reverse appliqué infinity scarf that incorporates a gorgeous fleur-de-lis design in any fabric of your choosing.


Lesson 3. Split Appliqué T-Shirt & Onesie

  • Customize a sweet crown and message before embroidering a t-shirt or onesie using Lisa’s techniques for split appliqué. Audition, hoop, embroider and complete your design with Lisa’s expert tips along the way.


Lesson 4. Pocket Appliqué

  • Create an adorable children’s t-shirt with a monster pocket that holds a small monster stuffed animal. Lisa explains how to create the pocket and shares ideas for adding pockets to other appliqué designs.


Lesson 5. In-the-Hoop Monster

  • Add some fun to the appliqué you made in Lesson 4 by bringing a stuffed monster to life. You’ll be amazed at how quickly and easily you can create this project, all done entirely in the hoop!


Lesson 6. T-Shirt Quilt, Embroidery

  • Highlight nostalgic t-shirts with a cute twist on a t-shirt quilt. Adorn your favorite tees with satin-stitch appliqué and learn to deconstruct your tees to create the quilt blocks.


Lesson 7. T-Shirt Quilt, Construction

  • Sew the quilt blocks together with simple straight stitching, then add backing and batting for extra softness. Use just one part of the appliqué design to quilt the layers together for a unique design that will be treasured for years to come.

"Doing appliqué on knits can be tricky, but she explains things so well. If you are new to machine embroidery this class is invaluable."
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Colleyville, Tx

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