Since my post last month about learning to use the Zing to cut fabric applique pieces, I’ve been using both the Zing and Force to practice and learn more about that. The most important piece of information that I can share with you is that you MUST have a sharp blade to get clean cuts!!! I struggled for a long time one day and was getting very frustrated trying to cut some fabric pieces until I used a new blade. What a difference that one thing made! And, yes, I can see exactly what pieces I cut by the markings on my mat since I neglected to reduce the blade settings when I put in the new fabric blade.
This is a picture of the finished applique on the back of my shirt jacket. Isn’t he a cute little guy? Actually he measures just a bit over 7″ square.
Quilting weight cotton fabrics with Steam-A-Seam Lite fused to the wrong side.
Machine used: KNK Force, blade: Fabric, Blade Tension: 2.5, Passes: 1, Starting/Ending Depth: 10, Cut Speed: 25, Blade Offset: .75, Overcut: .5
The embroidery design is from an Anita Goodesign collection “Casual Friday” that will be released in December. I am fortunate to work at a store that gets previews of soon to be released designs.
In order to prepare the applique piece cutting files, I open the design in my Viking Premier+ software and manually trace the applique piece shapes. Then I export those shapes as SVG files. The shapes are imported into Make The Cut and cut directly to the Zing or exported as SVG files to be used on the Force. That description makes it sound as if it is a complicated and involved process but after the first couple of times it really goes quite quickly and since I have a background in computer programming, I enjoy doing it.
Here is a screen shot of the applique pieces as they appear in MTC. As you can see from the picture, a lot of the fabric is overstitched with threads in the embroidery process.
In order to introduce the store customers to the “cool” way to create perfect applique pieces, I am teaching two classes this week in which they will be making an embroidered pot holder with pre-cut pieces. They will prepare their fabrics ahead of time by fusing Steam-A-Seam Lite onto the wrong side. During class, we will cut the applique pieces for them to use in their embroidery using the Zing.
This is what they will be making.
And these are the pieces we will be cutting.