As soon as September rolls around, the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air and you know fall is almost upon us! Even if you’re not a fan of the autumnal treat, you may find this sketch-style pumpkin applique cute enough to stitch for some harvest-themed home decor. Digitized using StitchArtist, by our friend Lisa Shaw, this quick-stitching design features a wealth of techniques you can learn from for your next applique creation!

Though StitchArtist‘s ‘one-button’ applique stitch type is a super-time saver for conveniently making shapes into machine-ready appliques, Lisa decided to go old school, digitizing each applique step manually to teach some applique fundamentals. For example; the first run of a “trim in the hoop applique” is a positioning stitch. It’s a “lazy stitch” in that its only job is to mark where applique fabric should go. She increased the stitch length for quicker stitching, since these stitches would be hidden, saving time by reducing stitch count.

The second or ‘cut’ line, however, must hold fabric securely. This allows you to trim away excess material before the finishing stitch covers the edges. On this run, long stitches may get snagged or pulled out as you lift your applique and trim away the extra fabric. Keeping the stitch length short on this ‘cut line’ is the way to keep these stitches in place.

The sketch style design was also featured in our Lunchtime Learning video on multiline text controls. Check out the video to see how to alignment and use the slider controls to adjust the line spacing on your multi-line lettering objects! Featured in the video is another vintage-styled favorite; the 5 Pass Bean Stitch Script from our Romance Collection.

This design is provided in our native .BE format, enabling you to save a stitch file for any embroidery machine. If you aren’t already an Embrilliance owner, we provide a free method to use our software called Express Mode that will not only allow you to use any of the wonderful free designs found in our project blog, but also enables you to install and create basic text treatments with fonts distributed in our popular .BX format produced by many embroidery design creators.

To learn more about Embrilliance Express and for the instructions and links you need to download, install, and use our software with our free project files, please click here.

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