When you stitch applique designs, you will notice that the first few color changes are not part of the finished design. They are an outline stitch that marks a template for you on your project. You don't even need to change your thread color unless you want to. The thread color changes are put into the design so that the machine will stop and allow you to complete the following steps.
The first thing you will want to do is prepare your fabric for hooping. The best stabilizer to use for this is a fusible tearaway that you will fuse to the back of your fabric, and then you will hoop your fabric. If you decide that you'd rather use a tearaway stabilizer, hoop both the fabric and the stabilizer.
Now it's time to stitch your first outline. This will show you exactly where your design will be stitched. After the outline is stitched, cut a piece of fabric that is larger than the outline and allows plenty of space to completely cover it. Place this right side up over the outline.
Stitch the next outline, which will tack the fabric to the background around the design. Remove the hoop and cut close to the stitches around the shape. You want to get as close as you can, but be careful not to cut the fabric!
The next stitch will usually be a satin stitch, which will put a nice finish around the applique piece
If there is more than one piece to be appliqued, just follow the previous instructions until all of the pieces have been stitched down.
Some designs will also have some decorative stitches that are stitched on top of the applique, which adds a nice touch of detail to your design.
That's it...wasn't it simple!?!
You now have a gorgeous applique design finished in no time at all. Applique takes far less time than a typical filled design, and with all the choices of fabric available you will have a ton of fun now that you know how easy it is!