We are big lovers of applique! We like both hand and machine applique, but tend to do much more machine applique to keep up with the pace that’s needed to create samples for our pattern designs, We have come up with our own method that is a blend of several different methods, we tend to use different styles based on the applique shape, which we feel gives us the best result. But no matter the shape or method, we always secure the applique with a tiny zig-zag stitch that is as wide as it is long, and we always use invisible thread to do this. You use the invisible thread on the top, but never in the bobbin. We like the invisible thread the best because it gives an appearance most like hand applique. The only problem with the invisible thread is that a lot of them feel like fishline, not at all like thread, in other words they are a bit of a pain in the butt. If you use just any invisible thread, you probably will end of not liking it very much. We have loved YLI’s version and have used it for years, but than we found Superior’s Mono-Poly! In our opinion, its the bomb! It behaves the most like a regular thread, than any thing we have found. Plus, it comes with a little mesh net that you place around the spool when it is on your machine, that helps keep the tension correct. Before, we were making our own out of pantyhose! So make sure you do not throw this bonus item away when you open your thread. Anyhow, we love it and if you ever want to try this type of machine applique, it is our #1 recommendation! It comes in a smoke color and clear, we always use the clear.
P.S. You can purchase it from us on our website, if you want to! Click here: Mono-Poly Thread in clear