Creating Seam Allowances

You have probably heard the term of seam allowances before, but didn't know what it meant. Seams can be used in traditional quilting but also in appliqué works, which represents works where several layers and materials are combined together on a background fabric.

The pieces of fabric are sewn together to form the pattern. To make an appliqué, you need to use manual sewing work or machine sewing. You also have to document yourself more on needles, threads, thimbles and other tools you need to create shapes and designs for the quilt.

Stitch the strips of fabric onto the background fabric. The first thing you will have to do though, will be to prime edges of the fabric or of the appliqué. Use the quarter of an inch seam allowance for the appliqué and then stitch it accordingly, so that it fits well with the backdrop. After that, if you feel like doing the work faster and easier, learn to use fusible webbing appliqué techniques.

The design style you will use depends on your own choices. The strategy offers the advantage of not having to use seams and stitches that don't look very good in the quilt. The appliqué work will be place behind the main design, in an insidious way that will create a special effect.

What you have to do in order to make this appliqué only refers to placing the seam allowances below the design. For patterns, use templates and cut the appliqué shape along the lines that you need to mark beforehand, so that no mistakes will appear.

You have to cut one quarter of an inch per shape so if your templates uses outer and inner lines in a complementing fashion, then your design will look interesting. The solid rows can be combined with softer ones for great visual effects.

After you do the cutting, the shapes will push the seam below. Turn and bast the material, by using glue or freezing paper. Adjust the seams if you see that the seam allowances aren't flatly pressed, so it is best to mend the curvatures.

After the work on the seams is done, turn it up again so that the seams fit together. You are then finished in what regards seaming issues.

Now for working on appliqué works, the process is a little different because it will take some time before you figure it out. Firstly, start by tracing the appliqué, cutting it to give it a shape and then starting to modify the seam allowances. They must be turned on the left, to be ready for clipping and checking.

Bast the folds manually but you will have to use a needle and thread to deal with the material. Stitch around an area of half a quarter of an inch to the shape. Continue with the stitching process also on the edges of the material. The final step in stitching is to work on the background, to ensure it will match the appliqué. After that, you can remove the thread from the appliqué and your work with stitching is largely done.

When you start working on the appliqué, you could use the freezer paper techniques, which basically means you will have less work to do thanks to the paper. The final touches to the design will become smooth and even very easily, and you will certainly be satisfied by the quilt. Freezer paper, represents a type of paper that is available in local groceries and it used to wrap meat in the freezer. Of course, there are various types of paper to be used for appliqué, but the freezer one is the most popular.

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