These are instructions on how to embroider the Sun Mandala Applique.
There are 2 files in the set, called "Appliq_SunMandala" and "Appliq_SunMandalaFoam". They are basically the same design. The first file is used to embroider a flat, regular, applique, the second one to embroider a Trapunto-style applique, using Puffy Foam (by Sulky).
You will need
Step One: Upload the file "Applique_SunMandala" into your machine. Stabilize the base fabric and hoop it. Start the machine. It will embroider the outline of the design.
Step Two: Stabilize the applique fabric. Cover the outline with the applique fabric. Start the machine. It will embroider the same outline over the fabric.
Step Three: With a pair of sharp scissors, cut away the applique fabric around the outline:
Step Four: Return the hoop to the machine. The last color will finish the raw edges of the embroidery.
To have the embroidery with trapunto look, use the file called "Appliq_SunMandalaFoam".
Step One: Upload the file into the machine. Stabilize the base fabric and hoop it. The first color embroiders the position of the design.
Step Two: Cover the outline with a sheet of foam. Start the machine, it will embroider a second outline over the foam. Please note that the second outline will be slightly narrower than the first one.
Step Three: Gently rip away the excess foam around the embroidery.
Step Four: Cover the hoop with a piece of applique fabric. You can pin the applique fabric to the base fabric outside the embroidery field.
Step Five: Start the machine. It will embroider the outline over the fabric.
Step Six: With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric around the embroidery.
Step Seven: Return the hoop to the machine and embroider the next color, which will finish the raw edges.
We made the second file with Puffy Foam on a denim vest. We did not finish the raw edges with satin-stitch. Instead, in step 6 we trimmed the fabric around the embroidery 1/8" (2-3 mm) away from the stitches and let the edges fray.
Very Important: before embroidering any design on a ready made item, first make a test stitch!
The Sun Mandala Applique is done. Enjoy!