Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique

Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique This is a Jam Pack Post!  Be sure to read through all the way to the end!!  There are 35 Projects to share AND a $155 Amazon Gift card giveaway!!!

I wanted to share my latest project with you!  As many of you know — the reason I was first even interested in a Silhouette Cameo was so that I could cut my machine embroidery applique files with it!  I HATE taking the hoop off the machine & trimming the fabric in the hoop!  So I’m going to show you how I made this Christmas shirt for my grandson, Noah!   And then – be sure to check out MORE Silhouette projects below!  –  A group from the Silhouette Challenge are  all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of inspiration!

I’ve posted instructions on this before — but it continues to be super popular & I get a lot of questions — so I’m sharing generic instructions here — not specific to any one embroidery program!  This darling Reindeer embroidery design is from Planet Applique.  I use her designs all of them time & they always stitch out great!

Since Silhouette Studio won’t open embroidery designs, you need to open the design in your embroidery software — whatever software you are using!  Then, in your color sequence guide, isolate the first color stop of the applique – the placement stitch:


Each software does this a little differently — so in your color sequence – you just find the way to isolate that color stop.

So now, with the applique of the nose isolated – it needs to be copied and saved as a jpg image to bring into Silhouette Studio.  This can either be done by copy/paste — or us the Snipping Tool to copy & bring it into Silhouette.

Then, using the Trace tool in Silhouette Studio – trace the applique file & after tracing, delete the original image!   (Be sure to click “Trace Outer Edge” — or you will get the double lines.)  Then size the design 1.5mm larger than the embroidery applique.  For more details on how to do this — visit an earlier post – that will give you more specifics.  Repeat this process for each piece of the applique design– and then you are ready to cut!     The fabric is backed with Heat N Bond lite — and the paper is removed.  AND — I’m using my new Low Tack Adhesive Mat from Silhouette!  I love it – because it doesn’t peel the Heat N Bond off the fabric!



Now — all of your pieces are cut & can be easily fused onto the fabric when its the appropriate place in the design.  I simply slide the hoop off of the machine, use a small craft iron & fuse it in place!  Then return it to the machine & continue the satin stitch finish!  Done!  Its awesome!

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  1. Awwww, cute shirt, and an even cuter model 🙂

  2. You just blew my mind by cutting 3 different fabrics at once. What?!?! I need to start thinking outside the box a bit more, that or start compiling all of these wonderful tricks I see people using. 🙂

    • Great, Kristy — Its easy & quicker to just cut smaller pieces & cut all at once! Works with vinyl too! Enjoy!

      • I had the same thought as Kristy did! I loved that you were so productive and did it all at once. I’ve definitely missed out on some opportunities to do with vinyl scraps. (Slaps hand to forehead.) But your embroidery work is gorgeous. And I can see why your Cameo would be such a huge help in cutting out those pieces (as well as the low-stick mat). Thanks for participating in our December Challenge & Giveaway, Terri! You helped make it a huge success!

  3. Bianca Outlaw says

    What an awesome way to learn about other crafters!! Count me in on the next raffle!!!!!


  4. Super cute shirt!!! I would love to learn to embroider one day.

  5. This is awesome, and so is your shirt!

  6. This is sooo adorable! My grands are all grown up now, and I could never do such a complicated project…Hats off to you for being ever so creative and making such a cute shirt for a handsome Grandson 🙂

  7. How adorable!! I have a two year old that I may just need to make this for! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I have been so scared to do applique but it is on my list and I look forward to using my Silhouette to help.

  9. Loved! Pinned! Want one for my little guy! :I want to make one RIGHT NOW! 😉

  10. How cute is that?! I love it!

  11. Your grandson is adorable, that’s such a cute design you’ve made for him.
    I haven’t tried fabric cutting yet, thanks for explaining it all so clearly.

    • Thanks — only way we could get him to hold still for even a minute was with the lollipop! Try cutting fabric with your Cameo!– you will never go back!! Its awesome

  12. What a cute little shirt! (And cute little model, too.)

  13. S ue Palenske says

    Help. I trying to get starter. I’ve done a few things but want to make a bunch more.

  14. Noah’s a lucky little guy. Great project!

  15. Thanks for the tutorial! Just wondering which craft iron you use??

    • Michelle — I love the little Darice Craft Iron – Its just the right size to get into your hoops & has a detachable power cord. Its fairly inexpensive, too.


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