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How to Attach Appliques Across Curved Seams

In “Appliqué on Net,” published in Best of Threads: Embellishments (on sale April 7), Anna Mazur teaches how to cut and stitch appliqué motifs onto net and mesh fabrics. If you’re appliquéing a net garment and want any of the appliqués to overlap the garment seams, and the seam is curved, there’s a special method for attaching them. This technique isn’t limited to appliqués on net, however. Use it when stitching appliqués to a garment made from any kind of fabric.

To affix appliqués across curved seams, first sew only the section of the seam where the appliqué attaches; this enables you to flatten that section while sewing the appliqué. With a stitching template as a guide, sew the appliqué in place. You may have to sew smaller sections of the curved seam and the appliqué at a time. Then, finish sewing the curved garment seam.


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  1. scottie335 | | #1

    That would make it easier to sew the appliqué without puckers or weird hand contortions.

  2. beadembroiderer | | #2

    I will definitely doing appliques over curved seams because I am making a new wardrobe in small sizes, which means more curves with more severe curved lines. I need the help right now!!!

  3. gailete | | #3

    I'm not sure I'm understanding this. One photo and two short paragraphs isn't a whole lot to truly understand and see how this technique works.

  4. user-1152782 | | #4

    Not clear. What do you mean by "use a stitching template as a guide"? And what do you mean by "you may have to sew smaller sections of the curved seam"? In what instance? Sounds like a great technique if there were more details.

  5. Carly_Sue | | #5

    this looks like a great idea and methods to do it right.

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