Applique is a great and fun way to add decorations and embellishments to projects stitched on sewing machines. There are different applique techniques you can use from more complex reverse machine applique to the simple raw edge method.
Raw edge applique with Juki sewing machines is a great choice when you want to add some fun to a project you're sewing on a machine like the versatile Juki HZL-F300 but don’t want to spend too much time doing it.
What Is Raw Edge Applique?
Appliques done either by hand or with sewing machines are finished in two ways: the edges are turned under or stitched over so they’re not visible or the applique is stitched where placed and the edges are left exposed or raw.
Raw edge applique is faster than any other method as it only involves positioning the applique and sewing it onto the main fabric. It skips the tedious and time-consuming way of stitching over edges to completely conceal them.
Raw edge applique does not necessarily look messy or unfinished when done correctly; it just looks different than other applique styles done using Juki sewing machines. It’s a great technique for those just learning how to machine applique or when you want to add something to a project but don’t want to deal with the intricacies of covering the edges.
An Easy Raw Edge Applique In A Few Steps
Raw edge applique is a fast and easy technique you can do with your Juki HZL-F300 and get great results by following just a few simple steps:
- Cut out your applique leaving at least ¼-inch of extra fabric around the applique's focal point.
- Lay the applique over a sheet of fusible web interfacing and cut it to the same shape and size of the applique.
- Following manufacturer instructions, fuse the interfacing to the opposite side of the applique fabric.
- Trim closely to the applique design, cutting through both fabric and interfacing. As you prefer, cut up to the edge of the design or leave about a â -inch border around the applique motif.
- Position the applique design onto your project.
- Stitch around the applique and it’s done. Keep it with only a straight stitch just inside the edge of the applique; a satin stitch for a thicker and more finished line; a zigzag stitch either inside or over the raw edge; or any other stitch that provides the look you like.
The beauty of this type of applique attachment is that once it is sewn on, you don’t have to worry about covering the tiny ragged fabric edges as they have become part of the design.
Whether you’re new to applique and want to try your hand at it using sewing machines or just want to add a quick and simple design to a project, try raw edge applique. It’s as easy as cutting out your applique design area, fusing it to interfacing, and stitching it on using Juki sewing machines.
You can get as fancy as you want with this technique or keep it really simple. Either way, you’ll love how effortlessly you can add applique to your arsenal of sewing skills for making beautiful and unique projects with your Juki HZL-F300!