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Has anyone used flannel for raw edge applique?  I am making a monkey quilt for my great nephew and trying to put the monkies on with machine applique, except I am finding that the edges ravel, am I doing the stitiches too small? should I make the stitches a little larger?  I thought if I made the stitches smaller I would hold the ends without raveling. 

What results did anyone get when they tried raw edge flannel appliques, that is if anyone did.  HELP!

Picture of monkey attached just stitched around the nose and eyes, not happy with the way it looks.

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 12, 2011 at 6:49pm
Since the flannel is a looser weave, I agree with Jennie and GAB, use the wider satin stitch to keep those edges from fraying.  It's gonna be great!
Comment by Patricia, VA on October 12, 2011 at 5:09pm

Thanks, for you suggestions, I will try all, except the hand applique (ugh).  Irene,  I thought of fray check, do you think it will work?

Everyone is so helpful on this site, I am really thankful for all the great people here.

Comment by Irene Gallway on October 12, 2011 at 4:00pm
 Cute monkey, would using fray-check along the edge help?
Comment by GAB on October 12, 2011 at 8:41am

PS.  If you use a tighter satin stitch, be sure to use a stabilizer under your background fabric, to eliminate puckering.  (I'm cheap, and just use paper.  Works great.)  If this will be laundered a lot, tighter satin stitch is the way to go. 

Comment by GAB on October 12, 2011 at 8:37am

Did you use fusible (like WonderUnder) on the wrong side?  That will help eliminate the raveling while you are zigzagging.  I would use a satin stitch setting: 3 Width, and .5 Stitch Length.  (as per my Bernina settings). Then you would have no ravels showing. 

Also, I would try tucking the upper portion of the face under the lower portion.  Then you would have a smoother, neater area. 

This is a cute monkey.  Hope this helps. 

Comment by Jennie Steward on October 12, 2011 at 7:23am
If you want to machine applique then use a bit of a bigger stitch.  I think you might do better to use hand applique. 

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