First-Time Machine Applique

112 pages; Softcover
Janet Pittman
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Learn machine appliqué basics in 9 easy lessons from Janet Pittman, author of the best-seller Appliqué The basics & beyond. Practice your machine appliqué skills on 5 easy appliqué projects for beginners including a lap throw quilt, an appliquéd tote bag and seasonal quilted table runner. Each quilting and sewing project uses a combination of machine appliqué techniques. Janet even shows you how to machine appliqué on purchased items such as aprons and towels.

  • Full list of machine appliqué equipment and supplies
  • Learn how to prepare fused appliqué and how to do turned-edge appliqué on your sewing machine
  • Discover the basics of appliqué layout and design
  • Cover the basics of machine appliqué stitching and the best appliqué stitches

Put all your skills together into fun machine appliqué projects. Plus – a bonus lesson on how to use the decorative stitches on your machine!


Complete step-by-step how-to photography. Accurate and concise instructions. Full-size templates. Full color throughout.

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The Appliqué Society Newsletter: March/April, 2014

Anyone wanting to learn machine appliqué will want to pick up Janet Pittman's new book "First-Time Machine Appliqué—learning to appliqué in nine easy lessons." Like the title says, there are nine lessons in this book. They walk you through the entire process. Lesson One begins with Equipment & Supplies and Lesson Nine has you putting it all together. Along the way, you will learn about fusible materials and stabilizers and how to use them. Preparing both fused appliqué and turned-edge appliqué are presented in easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions with detailed photos. Next you will learn how to arrange the appliqué pieces, including pre-fusing appliqué pieces. On to machine stitching basics and looking at stitches and finally you will learn how to prepare bias stems using fusible web. You will be able to practice on any ofthe five projects in the book, including a lap throw quilt, an appliquéd tote bag and a seasonal quilted table runner. Many include a bonus lesson on using the decorative stitches found on your sewing machine. All are presented with step-by-step photography, concise instructions, full-size templates and color throughout.

Midwest Book Review—Wisconsin Bookwatch: December, 2013

First-Time Machine Appliqué—learning to appliqué in nine easy lessons lives up to its title as a step-by-step, how-to guide to creating wonderful needlecraft decorations with machine appliqué. Full-color photography illustrating nearly every action, reproducible patterns for hands-on practice, and step-by-step instructions fill this user-friendly guide. Highly recommended, especially for needle-crafters seeking to take their hobby to the next level!

Reviewer: Barbara Rhoades: November, 2013

If you have never done appliqué, this book will walk you through the many ways it can be accomplished. It is set up in nine lessons beginning with what materials you will need.

From fused to turned edge to machine stitching to actually putting it all together, Ms. Pittman presents the how-to with the written word and lots of graphics.

After the last lesson, you will find the templates for the appliqué pieces used in book. There are five projects which include a lap throw, a wall hanging, a pillow, a tote bag and a table runner. Once you master these, you will be ready to create a project of your own choice – maybe a quilt for that favorite person in your life.

Quilters’ Digest: September, 2013

Janet will teach you how to prepare fused appliqué and to turned-edge appliqué on your sewing machine while exploring the basics of appliqué layout and design. She will also show you how to practice your machine appliqué skills on the five easy projects for beginners. These include a lap throw quilt, a tote bag, and a table runner. Learn how to machine appliqué on purchased items such as aprons, clothing and towels.

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