How To Applique On Jersey

At times, you want to redesign your jersey or wish to give it a change. In this category, pasting an applique on a jersey can be a good choice. A cool applique can change the entire look of your jersey and make it new.

Putting an applique on a jersey is easy, and you can do it independently. A few days ago, we tried different ways to paste an applique on a jersey. We are sharing the process here, and you can follow anyone to get it done.

Machine applique is a great way to add excitement to the project. But if you do not have a sewing machine, you can also look for other ways. If the material is a bit stretchy, then the process becomes difficult.

But once you start, you can easily do it. Through this article, we are discussing the different ways to apply appliques. Besides that, a few FAQs are also there, which you can go through for more details.

How To Applique On Jersey?

To applique on a jersey, first, you have to stabilize the background fabric and the applique fabric. After that, you have to treat the edges and attach them to the background.

Usually, people find the process a bit fussy and time-consuming, but it is not difficult. Sometimes, it becomes the best way to get the optimum result and give a new touch to your jersey.

Here you will come to know about the different ways to applique on a jersey. Read through the steps one by one and then go with the easiest one.

Materials Needed To Place Applique On A Jersey

You must keep the checklist ready and get all the things before placing an applique on a jersey. They are:

Buying Appliques: It is readily available in the market in different patterns and designs. You can buy and get it according to the shape to paste it on a jersey.

Fusible Web Or Stach: Depending on which method you are following, you can use starch or fusible web. Both options are good, and you can prefer anyone that you are comfortable with.

Get Jersey: You must also get the jersey where you have to place the applique. You must wash and get it dried so you can start working on it.

Method 1: The Basic Method

Step 1: Stabilizing The Surface

First, you have to prepare the surface, and it needs to be strong to support the layers of applique. If you have to add more applique layers, you need to have a strong background.

Thinner fabrics need strong permanent support, and you should continue it for all additional layers. It must be strong to support the weight as the applique can get heavy after stitching.

If the material is of not good quality, after sewing, the finished item can break. It happens when the cloth has a loose weave. Also, remember that the background does not get stretched or distorted while sewing.

Temporary Support: Soluble and tear-away stabilizers are a good choice for adding temporary support. Afterward, you can remove it after washing it out. In some areas, tear-away may leave the stabilizer.

Before you start sewing, you must stiffen the cloth. For preparing the starch, you can do it at home or get it from outside.

Permanent Support: Cut-away is the permanent option, and it will stay in the same position after sewing. Here, as a stabilizer, you can also use a second layer of fabric.

For other support, you can go for wadding in a quilt, and a loose weave can benefit you from a fusible interface. It helps to hold the things together and prevent weakening the cloth.

Step 2: Stabilizing The Applique And Treat Edges

The applique fabric should be stable to eliminate shifting while attaching. It must support stitching, and the layer should be lighter. Different ways to stabilize the applique are:

Washing the stabilizer will support shapes when you start sewing, and by using a fusible web, you can keep the shapes proper. It also does not require much support, and you can use the double-layer fabric and treat two layers together.

Doing this is the easiest way to stick both together using a temporary fabric. When you turn the edge applique fully, it allows extra support to the shapes, and you can have clear edges.

The fabric edges can be sealed using fusible web edges, and stitching over edges with a satin stitch will cover raw edges.

Fray check will help stop the unraveling, and by turning edge applique technique, you can finish shapes to eliminate raw edges.

Step 3: Attach The Applique

It includes two things; the first thing is you want temporary hold pieces to keep it in position. It won’t let the things shift when sewing, and the next thing is you have to sew permanently. The options available are:

Fusible Web: It helps in stabilizing the shapes, but you have to iron the cloth.

Temporary Adhesive Fabric Spray: It is also sold as a quilter and useful for all sewing projects.

Pins: It is an option but not so great as the pieces get shifted while sewing.

Glue Stick: It will hold all pieces tightly in place and will wash out quickly.

Hand Basting: It gives full control, but the pieces must not shift when sewing.

Step 4: Different Types Of Stitches

The different types of stitches are hand sewing stitch, invisible stitch, satin stitch, stretch stitch, and straight stitch for attaching the appliques. This method will help you to work in different areas while pasting appliques on a jersey.

A fusible web can help in stabilizing the edge, fabric and will hold the applique in place when you are stitching it.

Method 2: Apply An Applique Without Using Fusible Webbing

Step 1: Preparing The Background

Cut out the applique that you want to paste on a jersey and sew the seams it will cross. The next thing is to prepare the starch that you will use to put the applique.

Make sure you do not use too much starch. You have two options, either you can starch and iron it, and again starch it till the fabric soaks. After that, leave the cloth-like that to air dry, and you can also iron it.

Starch is a suitable method to deal with a jersey as it is not so stiff. After that, you will need pins to pin it.

Step 2: Pin All-Around

If the jersey lays flat where you will sew the applique, you can stretch and save some trouble. But you can face difficulty in getting a smooth fit on curved seams of the fabric.

Another way is you can place the applique, pin it all around until you cannot do so anymore. Every ½”, you must pin it closely on the fiddly curves. When you pin on a surface that does not lie flat, you must pin in stages.

For the surface that’s flat, you must pin first and then fold it until you get a flat surface. It is a time-consuming process but will give you a better result.

Step 3: Start Sewing Slowly

Now you can sew the applique slowly following the regular zig-zag stitch. Do it slowly so that the cloth does not get wrapped while passing between the feed dogs and the presser foot.

You should be able to see each pin, remove it before you sew over. If you sew over without removing the pin, the needle will break. So, you have to be a little careful while sewing and let it feed.

Do not stretch or pull the fabric, and if the needle catches the seam, you must stop there. Now raise the pressure foot and the needle and feed the jersey and needle for a few more stitches to get over the hump.

When you complete the task, you will find that the seam looks a little wavy. Do not worry, and you must follow the next step.

Step 4: Wash The Cloth

Now you must wash your jersey to take out the starch, and after that, you will notice that the waviness on the finished applique has also got removed. The surface has become flattened, and if you need, you can iron the cloth.

You can put on the garment to check the waviness, and you will find it’s perfect. Now that you have sewn using a zig-zag stitch, you will retain the natural stretchiness.

Which Process Is The Easiest One From The Above Two?

Both processes are easy, and you have the complete freedom to choose anyone. You have to get the products following which you can start the process.

Make sure you keep in mind that the fusible web is of good quality; otherwise, the appliques will come out.

Which Type Of Stitch Should Be Followed To Stick The Fabric?

Any stitch can be followed, but a straight stitch is the best one. It is easy to do, and many people prefer to go with it.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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