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First Machine Applique Embroidery Project with Silhouette CAMEO and Brother SE600

If you own an embroidery machine and a Silhouette machine you can combine the best of both worlds!

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Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Plus or higher will open embroidery files which means you can cut fabric applique with your Silhouette then finish the machine embroidery applique on your embroidery machine!
This Silhouette tutorial combines several other techniques - all of which we also have tutorials on. To keep the focus on how to do machine applique embroidery with Silhouette-cut fabric I have linked to the lead up tutorials in case you need a refresher at each step.  

Start by saving the PES file on a thumb drive that you can later open on your embroidery machine.

How to Open Embroidery Files in Silhouette Studio

Open the same size PES embroidery file in Silhouette Studio. Remember not to change the size at all. If you're not familiar with how to open the embroidery files in Silhouette Studio, get a step by step refresher here.

I am using this adorable potted cactus applique embroidery design

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Once you have your placement stitch separated and a small offset created around your design return here.

How to Cut Fabric Applique with Silhouette CAMEO 4 and Rotary Blade

The placement stitch from the PES can be used as the cut line in Silhouette Studio to cut the fabric applique with the Silhouette machine.

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It's easiest, fastest and you'll get the best results cutting fabric with the Silhouette CAMEO 4 and rotary blade.  The rotary blade can also be used in the CAMEO Plus and upcoming Silhouette CAMEO Pro.  Read a full tutorial on How to Cut Fabric with the Silhouette Rotary Blade

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You can also cut fabric with older model Silhouette machines including the Silhouette CAMEO 3, but you'll need to use a stabilizer on the fabric and use a new ratchet blade or fabric blade.  Read a full tutorial on How to Cut Fabric without a Rotary Blade.

How to Machine Applique Embroider with Fabric Cut on Silhouette CAMEO

Now it's time to move to the embroidery machine. I have a Brother SE600 which is a great beginner level embroidery and sewing combo machine.

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Insert the thumb drive with the PES design into the sewing machine's USB port on the right side to open the embroidery design on the Brother SE600 Embroidery and Sewing machine..

Tap the touchscreen then click the Embroidery hoop button and then click the USB drive button. Find your design and tap it to select. (Read a full tutorial on how to open embroidery files without embroidery software here.)

Hoop your fabric and thread the machine then get ready to stitch ensuring the design is correctly rotated. The screen will tell you exactly which part of the design is going to stitch next and it will pause between stitches.

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The first stitches are the placement stitch. They are used so we know where to place the fabric applique.

Stitch them out.

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Once they are stitched look at the screen on the sewing machine to see which part of the design is going to stitch next.

If it's the tackdown stitch for the same shape, you need to first place your fabric applique.

Raise the presser foot (red light with up arrow).

Spray the backside of your fabric applique with a light layer of spray adhesive then lay it on your hooped fabric over the placement stitch. The adhesive spray will help keep the fabric piece in place while you stitch out the tackdown stitch.

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Make sure the fabric is security in place before your lower the presser foot and continue stitching.

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In this example, the third stitch is the placement stitch for the pot so I repeat the above steps:  stitching that out then placing the fabric applique for the pot then stitching the tackdown.

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Once both pieces of fabric applique are in place continue through the stitches to finish your first applique embroidery project.

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If you want the satin stitches to be different colors on a single needle embroidery machine you'll need to pause between stitches to re-thread the machine.

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When you're done snip all the little threads to clean up your design and pull off the tear away stabilizer on the back and you're done!

Congrats! You just completed your first machine applique embroidery project!

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