I began appliqueing the Winged Whimsies panels today. For this technique of satin-stitching the edges, the stitching begins on the pieces that sit behind/under other pieces. In this case, the leaves are stitched first.
Due to using a 28 wt. thread for stitching and various layers of fabric, I am using a 80/12 Microtex Sharp needle. The majority of the stitching is done with a zigzag stitch set at a width of 4.5 and a length of 0.75.
As the stitching gets closer to the leaf point, I reduce the width in increments from 4.5 to 3.0. I have mentioned previously that I use the free-motion zigzag often as it's my favorite stitch to do. I decided to use the traditional zigzag stitch with my feed dogs up for this project to maintain a consistent stitch. The stitch is as I had expected although stitching is much slower than with a free-motion stitch. I'll have to practice my free-motion zigzag a bit more to gain the stitch consistency I like for a project like this and yet be able to keep the speed. :)
Until next time,