This is the last of my tutorials showing you how I've been constructing the Dresden Doilies Quilt.
Once the "plates" and the centers are ready to go, I appliequed them on by machine using a blind hem stitch. Many people use this technique and I'm sure that there are whole books out there on the subject, but this should help you at least visualize things a bit.
The first thing to do is to change feet from a 1/4" foot to a wider, zig zag foot. I like one with an open toe, so you can see. I didn't have an open toe foot, but my husband fixed that with his dremel--he removed the bar that ran across it, and I haven't regretted it for a minute!
Next select your blind hem stitch. It looks like this one on the right:
What the stitch will do is take around 4 straight stitches, and then jump to the left and take a "bite" by making one zig zag stitch, and the repeat with the straight stitches.
The next consideration is thread selection. I use as fine of thread as possible, so it is less noticeable. I assumed that since I was appliqueing light shapes (in the case of the Dresden plates) onto a red background, that I should use light thread on top. However, I noticed that the light straight stitches showed along the edge, so I used red instead. It is so fine, that the one little "bite" stitch really didn't show too much on the light applique. I used Invisafil thread on the top in red and a light Superior So Fine thread in the bobbin.
Here is a sample:
The star fabric represents the applique piece and the lighter fabric is the background. Set things up so that the straight part of the stitch is running right next to the applique piece, and not on. Slowly start the machine and watch until it takes the few straight stitches and then jumps to the left to take the "bite" stitch.
I am packed up and ready to head out to my retreat. There is actually a few things left in my quilt room, but not much, ha ha!
Have a great day!