What is the “trim in place setting” for machine appliqué and why is it so important?

By on March 16th, 2013
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I have learned a few things about digitizing appliqué designs over the past few weeks. I realize that it was only the end of January when I created my first applique design But in these few weeks, I have learned a lot. When I made that design I pre-cut the heart shape. Unfortunately I cut the heart a bit small and had trouble catching it with my top stitching. I actually had to move the shape over a bit and restitch it to catch the edge of the heart.

Since then I have changed my methods a bit. One setting I discovered in my Bernina software is the “Trim in Place” option under the Object Properties menu. This is a context sensitive menu as it only appears when you have an appliqué design selected.

Here is why you want to use it. When you create an appliqué design with this setting, the sewing machine puts in an extra layer of stitching. First it stitches out a placement line so you know were to lay the appliqué on top. Then it does another layer of regular stitching to give you an opportunity to remove the hoop from the machine and trim the appliqué fabric around that stitching line. Finally it finishes the satin stitching normally.

The only caveat with this method is actually remembering to trim in place. On the project I was working on over the weekend – I forgot to trim my shape and I ended up ripping out the stitching in order to get back to the single line of stitching so that I could actually trim in place. Duh!

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