The machine applique of my Kim Diehl Idaho LIly project is done! It wasn't too bad, really. My skills are not the greatest, but I think with practice I could be a lot better. The thing that makes this thing pretty fool proof is 1) getting your machine zig zag stitch just right, 2) getting your applique piece edges turned under perfectly, and 3) using Sulky Invisible thread in the color Smoke (for the dark fabric pieces). I swear the combination of those three factors makes the stitch truly invisible.
Tips: (1) machine stitch settings for most sewing machines are- zig zag stitch width "1", stitch length "1", and tension "1". Kim said if you have a Bernina, thread the bobbin thread through the little eye of the bobbin cover and you may not need to adjust your tension. "1"s across the board worked for my little Janome.
Steady Betty helped me with tip (2). Also I really liked using a regular glue stick to make those crisply pressed edges stay put.
As for the thread Tip (3), --Sulky Invisible Smoke (I got mine at Joanne's) is absolutely invisible. You may want to ask a grand child to thread your needle. I seriously could not see the thread to put it through! It is like sewing with a hair or spider web.
So, if you follow those guidelines, even if you are an amateur like me, you will get good results!
In much sadder news, did you hear that Rosie of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company passed away a week or so ago? She had been Carrie Nelson's faithful companion for 15 years. Carrie named her company for Rosie, took her just about everywhere, and if a dog could have been any more beloved by its owner, I just can't imagine it. I was greatly grieved to hear that Rosie is gone.