Hand or Machine Applique?

Which do you prefer – hand or machine applique?  Machine applique is faster, and if you get your machine settings right, you can get that hand-appliqued “look.”  Hand applique looks nicer, especially if your stitches are small and neat, but it takes more time to do.  This method is also portable, but it can be hard to do in places where the light is poor or there is limited space.

Sweetheart Vine Applique Runner

This is my first non-wool applique project and I am experimenting with both the hand and machine method.  I think both methods look fine, especially when you are not looking at it closely, but so far I have enjoyed the process of hand applique better.  It’s just very soothing to sit down in a chair and work on this in the evenings when all is quiet.  What do you like to do?

Keep it Thimble!

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8 responses to “Hand or Machine Applique?

  1. You should hand applique your sweetheart vine! 😉

  2. Pamela Carpenter

    I prefer the hand appligue. It is just the way to do the work. It is the same thing as wearing nice underwear. No one knows but you, however in your heart it makes a difference.

  3. Okay, if I can stop laughing at Pamela’s comment, I would like to say that I love to hand applique. I am preparing a powerpoint presentation for a college speech class on needle turn – points and curves. I was web surfing for ideas on presentation when I found your blog. Needleturn is what I know and what I love so the speech will be a piece of cake…. or like wearing nice underwear.
    Advice: Use liquid starch on the edges of your pieces and let them dry or run an iron over them. They will turn real easy and not fray.

    • Full disclosure – Pamela is my mom ;), so she knows a thing or two about nice underwear! I’m glad you found my blog, please stop by again. Also, thanks for the tip about starching for needleturn – I haven’t heard that one before.

  4. For me if a project is “important” (to me) I do hand work . If I am in a hurry or it is not an “heirloom” piece hello ‘Nina!! Your applique piece is just beautiful!!!!

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