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E-Stitch or Satin?

Do you like to finish the edges of your applique with an e-stitch or a satin?  I have to admit I like both finishes.  In fact, in some projects, I mix them.  I’m working on a quilt – a large quilt – that features five embroidered blocks in a modern composition. Each block has four flowers, stems, leaves and some sort of center design to link them together. I opted to include one block with e-stitch edges.  It’s the center block so it works in the overall layout.

When deciding what type of edging to use in an applique project, remember satin (and motif) edges introduce another element to each applique. The edging can blend with the applique fabric, the host fabric or contrast with both. 

E-stitches usually blend with the applique fabric and of course, there is no applique fabric beyond the e-stitch edging.

The key to success for e-stitch applique is to apply a fusible web to the wrong side and pre-cut the applique pieces. Since a tack down stitch would be visible in the final applique, don’t include a tack down on e-stitch appliques. Instead, use a tacky fusible web such as Steam A Seam. The tacky adhesive will hold the applique in place while the e-stitch is applied. It can be fused permanently after removing the project from the hoop.

The applique feature in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro and My Quilt Embellisher gives you control over placement guides and tack downs.  Follow along in your software so you can see how easy it is to remove a placement guide.   Select a leaf from the Applique Shapes menu.

The default applique is a satin edge.

Change the type in the Properties Box to E-Stitch. Notice the check marks in both the Placement line and Tack down line boxes. 

Remove the check from the Tack down line box.

When you stitch the design, apply the tacky fusible web to the pre-cut applique pieces and you’ll have a beautiful applique.





  • Kaiti

    I really appreciate the info about tack down now my appliques will look more professional. Thank you for the hint!

  • Renee

    SATIN@!!!Holds much bettrr

    • eileenroche

      Renee, I agree that without the use of a permanent fusible web, the e-stitch applique can easily separate from the host fabric. I’m amazed at the products we have today that allows us to do whatever we want. When I use a fusible web, I have no problem with the applique pulling away from the host fabric with an e-stitch edge. To me, the decision is based on the look – do I want the prominent satin outline or an invisible e-stitch?

  • Sara Redner

    I like the finished look of the satin. I will admit the yellow E-stitch on the pink flower in your example adds to the design, but the rest of the flower looks “unfinished” to me.

  • Karen Poole

    Why is it called an E stitch?

  • Edenfantasys

    I follow you on youtube and Facebook. Now I saw your Embroidery lessons in this blog. Great!! In a few months I become for the first time, a grandmother. Am so grateful! Am sewing for the new baby and embroider sheets and other stuff for it. Thanks for all your tips and lessons! (Is this book and cd also available in Holland??)