How to Machine Applique Convex Curves – video

This is the first in a series of videos teaching a machine applique technique that I use for all my applique quilts. In previous videos I showed you how to applique with fusible adhesive and how to do needle-turn applique. This technique is kind of the best of both worlds. It’s almost as fast as using fusible, but without the stiffness and sometimes clunky outline. It’s similar in look to needle-turn, but not as slow. It’s a great technique for snuggly quilts that you want to wash and dry in the machine without a lot of fuss.

So – in this video I’m using the technique on a specific pattern (the Peekaboo Bear Quilt) but you can use it on any convex curves. Those are curves that bow out, like the edge of a circle or oval. In future videos I’ll expand on the info here – showing you how to handle inner points, concave curves, outer points, and more.

This is the basic technique I’m recommending for the Safari Quilt – you’ll be able to use it in all those patterns. You can also use it for just about any other applique pattern you find out there in the world. The only thing it doesn’t handle really well is teeny-tiny pieces. I don’t think I’d use it for a Baltimore Album Quilt, for example. Then again – if you’re making a Baltimore Album Quilt you’re clearly not in any kind of rush (and you’re probably not reading this blog). Just go ahead and use needle-turn and settle in for some quality time on the couch. But I digress. . .

Video. Machine applique. Easy and fast with nice results. Machine wash and dryable. That about covers it.

Free Machine Applique Workshop

For all the videos and tutorials teaching you my very favorite machine applique technique, gathered up in one handy dandy post – go here.



6 thoughts on “How to Machine Applique Convex Curves – video

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Wendi,

    thank you for this site. I really like it!!! It has been so00 very helpful to me already. I want you to teach how to cut clothes patterns for sewing. U know shirts, skirts etc. Can you? Will you?

  2. Eva

    Thanks Wendy for your clear tutorials – your are such a great resource!

    I learned to make cuts before folding curves to make them fold more smoothly – is there a reason why you don’t do that, or doesn’t it really matter?

    1. Hi! I'm Wendi!

      I cut into the seam allowance for concave curves, but not the convex ones that I show here. Some people also clip convex curves, but in my experience it doesn’t make the folds any smoother and you run the risk of having little stray threads at the snips.


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