I came home from my applique class yesterday with the assignment of making my bias stems and having my applique pieces all positioned by the time I go back to class next Tuesday. As I was trying to get the stems ironed in place, I vaguely remembered a purchase I “had to have” about five years ago. I started digging and look what I found in the bottom of my drawer…
… Press Bars. I had been to demo class and had seen how easily the gal demonstrated making applique stems so I bought a pack….did I applique? No. … but just in case I ever decided to applique, I would need them. So, I bought them. Did I ever use them….NO. During the past five years, I almost gave them to Goodwill two different times…but didn’t.
Well, I am proud to say, I finally, after five years, used my press bars….and they are WONDERFUL!! Here’s how they work.
To make 1/2 ” bias stems cut a piece of fabric on the bias that is 1 1/2″ wide (it must be cut on the the bias to make applique stems that can curve). Sew a scant 1/4″ seam allowance with the WRONG sides of the fabric together.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″. (Dig through your drawer and find your pressing bars that you bought 5 years ago and forgot you had) Slide the 1/2″ bar into the fabric tube, positioning the seam to the middle and press. Continuing pressing both sides.
Slide the pressing bar out. Press again and Wa-La…you have an applique stem. It’s all beautifully even and ready to go.
Check out my progress…..
I’m just starting to get the pieces positioned….
I am beginning to think I just might be able to applique! The technique they are teaching in my class is really very “do-able”. I’ll tell you more about it next week.
But for now I am wondering what other “well intentioned purchases” that I ”had to have” are sitting in the bottom of my drawer….I seem to remember a tailor tack foot for my Bernina…now what was that for?