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Alignment and Placement Applique Hooping Lettering & Monograms Multi-Needle Wearables

Multi-Needle Monday: Fast & Easy Applique

Aprons are the perfect accessory – whether you’re cooking in the kitchen, tending a garden or stitching in your sewing room.  I recently purchased these oh-so-cute aprons and knew they’d be the perfect accessory to wear at our Stitching Sisters events.  As I’ll show you – you don’t need to shy away from large print fabrics.  Applique is the key!

First, find the center of the apron bib by folding the apron in half or use a target ruler. Place a target sticker on the apron to mark the center.


Prepare the applique fabric by fusing fusible webbing to the wrong side of the applique fabric. Let the fabric cool and remove the protective paper.


Hoop the bib with tear-away stabilizer in a 5” x 7” hoop. I used Multi-Needle Snap Hoop Monster since the flat top makes trimming applique very easy.


Retrieve the embroidery design. On the editing screen, touch the multi-spool icon. Travel through the design and place a stop (touch the hand) at color 2 and 3. Assign the proper colors if necessary. Touch close.

If you have a camera on the multi-needle machine, use it to center the needle over the target sticker.


Touch the camera icon again to close the camera and touch Sewing. Stitch color 1, the placement guide.


Lay the prepared applique fabric over the outline. Stitch color 2, the tackdown.


Touch the hoop icon at the bottom of the screen to move the hoop out for access to the applique.


Trim the excess applique fabric close to the stitched outline. Apron7

Stitch color 3, the satin outline, color 4, the inner satin accent, the bean stitch outline and the text.


Here’s my Stitching Sister and me at our recent event in Sacramento with Meissner’s Sewing & Vacuum. What a great event! I wonder if it was the aprons!





  • Teresa Moffitt

    It was a great event! You girls make it look so easy! Thinking that I should order one of your magnetic hoops for my Bernina! Good idea??

  • Jody Burks

    It was another great event the both of you put together. I always walk away learning more than I thought I would. You two share everything in your bag of learned tricks. Now all I have to accomplish is registering and learning the calligraphy software. Having trouble with registering it.

  • Sharron Prickett

    Good lesson. I knew how to appliqué but did learn some features if machine I hadn’t used and was very helpful. Always get a lot out if your blogs Eileen. Thanks for all you do.

  • Robyn Morris

    You and Marie looked fantastic in your aprons!! Like the above posts stated,it was a great event and I am always so happy to be able to attend. I forgot to ask you….will you be doing another cruise??
    THANK YOU (Marie too) for sharing your love with us.

    • eileenroche

      Hi Robyn, thanks for your kind words! We do not have a cruise on the schedule at this time…but you never know what the future holds!

  • Carolyn Havens

    Thanks for the blog on doing this. I am looking forward to giving it a try. I love your blog, especially since I got this 6 needle and don’t know much about using it.

    Have a great day and keep those blogs coming!

  • 2loosethreads

    I haven’t embroidered for a few years personal problems, I’m getting my life back so now I can start embroider again. I can’t believe what is on the news letter, I can’t wit to star up again. Thank you for all the ideas.what a help your going to be in my life I love how u show in detail. I just want to buy everything.

  • Lulie Felder

    I use my emp6 pro by BabyLock. Do I have the “hoop icon” which is at the bottom of the screen and which will move the hoop out for me to access it easily and trim the appliqué?

  • Shirley

    Where did you get the pattern for the aprons? I just bought a new bias binding foot for my machine and am looking for patterns like that one.

  • Shirley

    Never mind, I see you purchased them.

  • Christy Rapcan

    What kind of stabilizer do you use on the back?

    I love these and cant wait to try it out!