Reverse appliqué

The reverse appliqué differs from the classic one which is sewn over the garment, because it appears from below the fabric or garment to be decorated.

With this technique you can get multiple effects and you can easily play with transparencies. You can create inlays of lace or of fabric of any texture.

How is the reverse embroidered appliqué created?

You have to think in the opposite way to the classic application, that is, first the application is fixed and cut and then the base garment / fabric is laid and cut.


Here is an example of a sequence of operations:

1- place the fabric that will appear in the inlay on the support material

2- sew the the inlay material (eg lace)

3- cut with the laser bridge

4- lay down the fabric or garment and make another boundary sew

5- cut the fabric inside the seam, taking care not to damage the underlying material.

You can apply this decorative technique to any fabric and leather material.

In the case of genuine leather or non-homogeneous materials, we advice to protect the underlying material. You can place a sheet of aluminum or aluminum coupled with paper, between the base material (negative application) and the overlying material to be cut.

For a cleaner tear, we recommend making on the protective state, a seam with a very short stitch and slightly larger than the cut that will be performed later.

After sewing and before laying the top fabric, the protective part outside the cut must be removed. After cutting the inlay, it will be very easy to remove the remaining protection, because it will have been “sawn” from the short embroidery stitches.

The technique is refined. It requires a minimum of care in finding the cutting parameters suitable for the materials to be cut.

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