I got a new book! I have a bunch of stitches on my Janome that I do not know how to use. Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder is a great book. It has machine stitches and hand stitches and how to use them properly!
I needed to applique cup handles onto my blocks for this month's BOM. I knew I should use the blanket stitch, but I was not quite sure the proper way to use it. The last time I tried, it looked awful. I looked up applique in the index and there were several listed so I looked them up to see which one I wanted to use.
I decided to go with the applique stitch or blanket stitch. There were clear photos and directions on how to use that stitch and applique something. The next page even shows how to do a reverse applique stitch!
I had sewn this block together before I had thought about adding the handle, so it does not look as "connected" as I would like.
However, I did remember not to finish sewing the rest of the handles. I think the applique stitch turned out pretty good this time!
You see in the picture below, that when I sew the handle on, it will look more connected to the cup.
If you would like some more information about the book and it's author you can go here or here. It really is a handy resource for different stitches, it has 50 different machine stitches and 20 different hand stitches and tips to choose the correct needles, threads and sewing machine accessories. I'll be using it a lot more!