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Back Basting: A Needle Turn Tutorial

This is one of my favorite techniques!


Prepare the Sewing Machine:
1. Set the machine to a stitch length of 4-5.
2. Insert a large sized needle, such as a 90/14.
3. Thread the machine with a heavy thread in a contrasting color.


Prepare the Applique:
Use the templates and an erasable fabric marker to trace the complete design onto the wrong side of the background fabric.


If you design is layered, be mindful of which pieces will need to be on top becasue those will need to be

basted down first. In this sample the pieces are close together, but they do not overlap at all.

Decide on your starting point. Lay a piece of fabric (large enough to cover the area plus a generous 1/4'' on all sides)

under the first area to be appliqued. Both the background and the foreground fabrics should be face down.

Position the foreground fabric so that is is under the tracing and the seam allowances are accounted for.



Pin to hold.



Take the entire piece to the sewing machine and baste the fabrics together, sewing right on the drawn line.




Cut the excess foreground fabric away, leaving a 1/4'' seam allowance.



Prep the next area(s) to be covered in the same way. If the seam

allowance from the first piece is in the way, pin or press it back.





Continue with these steps until all the applique areas have be basted in place.


Here are a few of the benefits of this technique:

1. Nothing falls off or shifts.

2. No pins required.

3. Turning a bias problem. Nothing shifts.

4. Because the applique shape has already been perforated with the basting

needle/thread, it will more easily turn under right where you want it to go.

5. The basting leaves a line of needle holes on both the foreground and

the background fabrics, which makes it easy to know where to turn the edges under.

6. It is a perectly portable project.




Choose an area to start stitching.

Pop several of the basting stitches (about 2’’) and clip the threads free.


The holes left by the basting process will serve as the seam line.

Turn the fabric under, to the ‘‘seam line’’ and begin the process of needle turn applique.



Continue to pop stitches and applique until the piece has been completely stitched down.

Fold the seam allowances of other pieces out of your way as you work.




Follow the same process to applique all of the pieces in place.

Give it one final press and you are done.