The best time to stabilize backing fabric is before attaching your appliqué and by doing this you give your appliqué a very professional look - no more puckering, uneven stitching or fabric movement!
It does this by;
When you use starch in your applique project the end result is very pleasing and one that you will be proud to add to your quilt.
There are several methods that can be used to stabilize your fabric.
Tear Away: This can be purchased from your quilting fabric shop. I find this method less than satisfactory as it tends to pull the stitches when you are removing the tear away.
Plain Newsprint: This as above has similar drawbacks to tear away. It is also another layer added making it difficult to manage while sewing.
Spray Starch: This is my preferred method. Most supermarkets stock spray starch, making it readily available. You can also make your own starch - I have a recipe for this at the end of this post.
I find some fabrics only require 2 applications but others may require 3. By the time you have assembled your quilt top your spray starch will have all but gone. If you decide to add further appliqué once finished and need to add extra spray starch then spray this onto the wrong side of the backing fabric.
When you have made up your starch, place it in a spray bottle that you have labeled with the recipe you used and remember to shake well before use.
Great! With your fabric now stabilized you are ready to learn how to use steam-a-seam to make the sewing on of your appliqué design a breeze!
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