|Fused applique finished with hand embroidered stem stitch|
I prefer the stem stitch to the blanket stitch because 1) it's much faster and 2) you can vary the length to accommodate a tip or inner corner without it being noticeable.
I begin with a fused applique project. I then select embroidery thread; variegated colors are my favorite. I tend to stick with DMC floss because it's good quality, inexpensive, and readily available. Typically, I use two strands of floss. Sometimes I use 3 strands if I want to make sure the edge is completely covered.
Referring to the diagram in the link, stem stitch., stitch A comes up through the background and fused fabric. Stitch B goes down into the background only and then comes up at point C through the background and fused fabric.
I'm using this technique to finish one of my UFO's, Baltimore Row. I could finish the project on the sewing machine using a blanket stitch or satin stitch, but with all these tiny pieces, I just can't imagine dealing with all the color changes and re-threading.
Until next time...
Mercy in Miami