Lately my points haven't been as nice and pointy as I would like. Then lightening struck last weekend and I changed how I do the prep. The first steps are the same... it's the final one that made the BIG improvement and I have a block to prove it! lol.
* Make FP template & cut out [smooth edges with emery board if necessary... go lightly here!]
* Iron FP to WS of fabric
* Cut out around template adding 3/16 - 1/4 " seam allowance by eye
* Press s.a. over template all around... a smidge of starch is really helpful here! I use spray starch or spray sizing that I spray into the cap and dap on with a small brush.
|Diamond on left prepped NEW way; the one on right, the old way|
* Points... carefully fold just the 'ear' of the point back over on itself... please see pic below ... you might have to nip off a few threads. Carefully add one drop of Roxanne's Glue Base-It and press in place. Voila! Perfect point and ready to applique. Remove the FP either before or after appliqueing... both work equally well. I prefer to remove it and then sew.
|Left point prepped & right one is not... yet|
|This looks acceptable to me and is ready to be sewn down|
|Sewing the point... NO ends to fight or tuck under! Love it.|
[don't mind the needle 'parked' off to the side... I needed both hands to take picture.]
Previously I had always needle-turned the final edges of the points which sometimes looked great and other times a bit wonky! See the upper diamond on the triangle below? Now that's one wonky point! Yuck... but I'm not doing it over.
|Wonky/wobbly point on top little diamond.. the others are ok|
That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed reading how I prep my points for applique. Thank you so much for dropping by.
Linking to: Kathy at Slow Stitching Sunday.