LESSON NO. 4
                                                                   More Embroidery/Applique - Part 1
                                                               by Ellen Mason - JOY Designs - l0/200

NOTE:   Please  read all instructions  before  beginning.
     Do a test stitch first before embroidering on your blouse.

This month’s lesson is a step further in embroidering and appliqueing on a
blouse or shirt.   You may download the provided large designs (Large Designs page)
Or you may choose any design from your own personal library.  
The large design includes applique - instructions below.
This lesson is in two parts: the first part is working on the blouse back.  Refer to the drawing above for placement.  You may
place the designs however you wish — YOU be the designer.


Purchased blouse without a yoke and pockets - if you can’t find a plain basic blouse, you may want to remove the pocket
and take the stitching out at the back yoke seam.  If it has pleats, press them out and re-do small tucks on each side of the
back after embroidering.
Download  large design and the leaves or use any fall theme design in your library
Sewing machine and all accessories
Embroidery attachment and hoops
Embroidery threads: Light, medium and dark in browns, greens, olive green.  Light orange, medium yellow, dark yellow,
medium and dark red, light gray, black.  (Hint: look at fall colors in trees, leaves, etc., and use those colors for your embroidery.
Bobbin thread
Stabilizer for embroidery - a cut away or tear away
Solvy water soluble stabilizer
Fabric spray glue
Fabric pieces - 5" square pieces of fall theme solids colors/small prints, i.e., oranges, rust, browns, greens, etc.  Red for the
Basic sewing items


1. Download designs to a floppy/card suitable for your machine.
2. Prepare blouse - laundry and iron item, if necessary.
3. Set up machine for embroidery.

APPLIQUE INSTRUCTIONS:   When the machine displays the color gray, place a small piece of fabric over the
embroidery area.  Stitch the gray “lay downâ€� stitching.  The machine should stop for a color change.  At this stop, Do
not turn machine off, carefully remove the hoop from the arm and cut the fabric close to the stitching - but do not cut any
stitching.  Then replace hoop to the embroidery arm.  Continue embroidery with the next color.   Do a test stitch.

BLOUSE BACK: Use your embroidery template and mark the back of your blouse for the large embroidery.  See drawing
for blouse back
1. Using chalk or fabric pen, mark places on the blouse back for the falling leaves applique.
2. Hoop stabilizer.
3. Lightly spray fabric glue on the hooped stabilizer.
4. Attach the hoop to the embroidery arm.
5. Place blouse on the stabilizer lining up the marks on the blouse to the hoop marks and place a water soluble stabilizer on top
if necessary.
6. Thread your machine with the first thread of the design.   Stitch around using a built-in
7.  basting stitch if your machine has it.
8.  Stitch the large design.  
NOTE: Read instructions about the “gray� color stops.
9. Upon completion, cut all jump stitches and remove excess stabilizer.


1. Hoop stabilizer and attached hoop to the embroidery arm.
2. Spray stabilizer with fabric spray glue.
3. Place blouse on the stabilizer in one area for the applique.
4. Baste stitch blouse to stabilizer.
5. Place one piece of fall fabric (your choice) on top of blouse and under embroidery foot.
6. Thread machine with a complimentary color embroidery thread.
7. Select leaf design.
8. Stitch the lay down outline stitch of the applique - it will indicate gray thread but you can use the color of the applique satin
10. Carefully cut excess fall theme fabric away from underlay stitching.
11. Re-attached hooped blouse to the embroidery arm.
12. Stitch the satin applique stitches.
13. Upon completion, un-hoop and cut all jump stitches.  Cut away excess stabilizer.
14. Continue doing the falling leaves applique on the back.

Next class will be the blouse front.