Top Five Tips for Using Cutting Machines with Applique

Whether you have a Cricut, Cameo or ScanNCut, cutting machines make embroidered applique quicker and easier. These tips will help even more!

A couple of weeks ago, I asked people in the Sew Inspired by Bonnie Facebook page if they had both an embroidery and cutting machine. From everyone's replies, it is safe to say cutting machines have fast become an extension of the embroidery world. Of those that responded,

These machines cut your fabric and GlitterFlex applique shapes to size, so it can really save you time from hand trimming. It is also easier on arthritic hands. Here are five tips for cutting applique fabrics with your cutting machine.

1. It Starts With an SVG File

Sew Inspired By Bonnie designs include SVG files for your convenience. That way, you don’ have to create one to cut shapes. They are included in a folder called "Cut Files" with your design downloads.

2. Prep Fabric

Press applique fabric and fuse HeatnBond Lite to the back. This is one time that you do not want your fabric to be soft. The more stiff your fabric, the better your cut. Some people use starch. I prefer Terial Magic. Spray it on the applique fabric and let it dry. When it is crisp, it’s ready to cut.

3. Use the Carrier

When cutting GlitterFlex, keeping the plastic carrier attached provides a more solid base for cutting. Place GlitterFlex carrier side down on the cutting mat. It gives you a firm surface to cut on.

4. Mirror Image the Design

When cutting GlitterFlex, because the carrier side is down and the back side of the vinyl is facing up, you must remember to reverse or mirror image your SVG file before cutting it. That way, it will cut correctly. When the shape is right side up, you can properly position and fuse it to the base fabric.

5. Leave the Carrier Attached

After cutting, the carrier helps hold the GlitterFlex shape(s) in position while you take it to your embroidery machine. You can easily see through the clear carrier for placement. The carrier can also be used as a pressing cloth of sorts, so just flip it over, situate it in place, and press.

May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!

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  • Bonnie Welsh - October 12, 2019

    Sue—Awesome! You’ve made my day! Let us know how it goes. =)

  • Sue Reiss - October 12, 2019

    Thanks you have given me inspiration to start using my cutting machine 😃

  • Bonnie Welsh - October 11, 2019

    Diane—Thank you! What kind of information are you looking for? =)

  • Diane - October 11, 2019

    Love your tips! How can I get more info? I have a Brother scan n cut.

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