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When making circle or oval shapes, do you needle turn them or use the starch/template/press method (starch the fabric, gather it around a heat resistant circle/oval template and press)?  I've been needle turning a larger oval-shaped piece and seem to do all right until the last few stitches.  Can't seem to make that as smooth as I'd like.  It tends to want to make a small bump or point.  Since this is more of a folksy piece, it really isn't too big of an issue, but I would like to know the secret, if there is one.  

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Comment by betweens on July 29, 2012 at 3:58pm

PQ, I use both techniques when appliquing it depends on the project. If it is many circles the same size...out comes KKB PC, but if it is only a few I will needleturn. That being said if you take smaller sections when turning you will find that it lies better just turn where you are working do not work ahead once you press that piece turned under with your thumb, the cotton has a memory and it is hard to retrain it...hope this helps little at a time if you are needleturning your fabric.

Comment by Joan on July 24, 2012 at 7:29am

Sorry to be late to weigh in on this.  From my limited experience with applique I've had problems with the applique piece traveling while stitching it down, resulting in a pucker in the applique piece when I get to the last few inches.  My thoughts were that it was because I hadn't basted the piece in place first....Yep!  Always getting in a hurry :-P     

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 22, 2012 at 6:01pm

Thanks for weighing in on this everyone.  I appreciate the help.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 22, 2012 at 4:57pm

Oh, absolutely right, Joana!  Mylar is the brand name for the heat resistant type, and to answer Prairie Quilter, I use Karen Buckley's "perfect circles" templates (comes with 4 of each size so you don't waste time waiting for circle to dry and cool off before you can use the template again.  Light spray of Mary Ellen's starch works for me.  I don't make ovals very often, but I'll cut my own Mylar template and use the same starch/iron process when I do.

Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on July 21, 2012 at 2:12pm

I learned this week that if the package doesn't say "heat resistant template plastic," it ISN"T heat resistant template plastic.  :/

Comment by LKC on July 20, 2012 at 10:02pm

I do what Jeani does. I have used a straw needle. Silk thread or very fine thread also helps. I have also just made yo-yo.

Comment by Janet/MO on July 20, 2012 at 8:24pm

Another thing is to make sure you take teeny tiny stitches when you are appliquing as that will also help avoid that pucker/bump thingie. 

Comment by Jeani on July 20, 2012 at 5:03pm

I use a very thin Iron on stabilizer. put sticky/bumpy side to the front of the applique piece sew round it, cut a small hole to turn then iron it where you want it and sew it down, hand or machine.  Use a very thin thread to sew them together and it's nearly an invisible seam.  Just make sure the stabilizer is tucked under well before ironing it down and sewing.

Comment by Lynne on July 20, 2012 at 1:12pm

PQ, I always gather the material with a color of thread I can use to applique it down.  Gather it around your template,, put starch or sizing on a paint brush and dab around the circle/oval.  Then press it with iron,, wait till cool to touch and dry, then gently remove the template.   You might have to gather it a little, but you should have a smooth circle/oval.  No bumps or points.   You can always lock your stitches before  you stitch it down, by taking a few stitches on top of each other,,, don't want it to thick or it will be seen as a bump

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