For blanket stitch applique, you actually
have five stitches, different combinations of ways this stitch works, so in row 2, stitch
number 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23, all have a different way of stitching, so you find yourself
stitching out your decorative stitches so you can see which one you like better. This
one has two stitches, then a bite, two stitches, then a bite. This one stitches multiple times
in both directions, giving you a heavier look. This one starts off really small, but it is
the one I prefer because I can make it to the size that I want based on how big of an
applique I’m going around. If I’m going around something really small and delicate, I’m going
to pick something that’s proportioned to the smaller size. Something bigger, like the heart
we’re going to do next, I’m going to pick and make it a little bit wider, so try out
all the stitches. Stitch them out. This is why you want to see what they look like before
you just jump in and pick one. Use your clear B foot that comes with your
machine, and what you’re able to do is as you stitch, you can guide and see your edge
of your fabric. You want to keep the long part of your stitch right along the edge,
the raw edge of your applique. Stop with the needle in the down position, then that way
when you get to a curve, it’s ready to pivot. Make sure that you’re on the right side to
pivot because if you’re on the inside, it doesn’t look right, so here we go. A little
pivot each time we take a few stitches, especially as we start getting around the little outside
perimeter of this heart. One more tap of the foot. There we go, and you see what I did?
I was able to tap my toe for a half a stitch, so I can inch my way around nice and slow
and controlled, and love that I can always have my fingers on the fabric at all times
because of that pivoting action. Here we go. As you can see, this particular stitch width
… We made it about 3 long and 3 wide, and that makes a nice proportioned stitch as we
go around here. That’s my preference. You can make it a little bigger, a little smaller.
You can use heavier thread. You can use a variegated thread. Have fun with it, but it
does take a little practice to really line up nice and even with the raw edge of your
applique.