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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Applique Made Easy with Slice

Hello Sewing Enthusasits.  Melissa Corry here from Happy Quilting.  I am so excited to be guest blogging here at Sew We Quilt and to have the opportunity to share with you a little machine that I have fallen in love with.  It turned my idea of applique from a pain to a joy!!!  But before I start, I just want to say that I am not a Slice product manager or anything like that.  I don't get paid by them to advertise for them, in fact, they probally don't know I am posting this.  I simply want to share with you this handy little tool for applique.  

So, with that said . . . Let's get to the fun.  A while back I saw a post on Sew Cal Gal about this little machine called a Slice.  I learned that it was originally intended for scrapbookers but many were moving on from it to the Cricut.  (I mention this, because if you are interested, you can find some great deals for used machines on ebay, and normally you can get them with a few extra cartridges :)   The nice thing about the Slice is not only did it cut paper but it will also cut fabric!!  Wonderful!!!  So, I bought one (on ebay) and found a screaming deal for the machine and 7 extra cartridges.  And thus my love of applique began.


So I thought I would show you just how easy this little machine is to use.  Ready . . .  Here we go!!


Start by getting your cutting plate ready.  To do this, simply apply your tack adhesive.  Now the machine comes with a bit of glue that you can use, but it runs out quick and is a little pricey to replace.  So I found Krylon Easy-Tack at my local hobby store and with a 40% off coupon it is way cheaper.  And it lasts for a long time.  Let this sit for about 10 minutes so it gets nice and tacky.  (oh, and you can cut about 20 appliques before you need to wash your mat with warm water and re-adhere more tack spray :)

Now decide what applique shape you want to use and insert the matching cartridge into the machine.  The machine comes with the Basic 1 cartridge, but like I mentioned before, you can often find them used with several cartridges.


Now it is time to get your fabric ready.  Simply adhere Heat n Bond to the wrong side of your chosen applique fabric.  I like to use charm squares as they fit perfect onto the cutting plate and are all around just easy :)


Once your fabric is cooled and your Heat n Bond set, remove the paper backings from the wrong side of the fabric.  That's right, no need for drawing on paper with this little guy :)


Lay your prepared square of fabric onto your cutting place and press lightly to adhere it to the tacky surface.


Now simply find the design on the easy to view screen of your slice machine and select.  (Sorry, no matter how I tried, this picture just kept wanting to import side wards, what ya gonna do??)


Select the size of your applique.  The slice will do anywhere from 1" to 4" in 1/2" increments.  And then just hold down your machine with light pressure while it does all the cutting work.


When it is finished cutting, remove the background fabric and Wha La!!!  A perfectly cut applique in seconds!!!  Oh, I just love this machine!!


And all you have to do is iron it on to the surface of your project and then add a decorative stitch around it to anchor it.  So cute!!

 I have just loving having this machine and have so many projects lined up for it.  I thought I would show just a few that I have already done with it.

This quilt is one that I did for the Moda Bake Shop.  Don't you just love those flowers!!!

Could you imagine cutting those center circles out by hand, yuck!!  But with the slice, it is fun and fast!!


This was a little baby boy quilt that I put together.  The Slice makes adding words to your quilt a snap.  And they just look fantastic!!


And as a special treat, I thought I would show a little sneak peak of an upcoming project.  This little project won't be shown in full until July but I couldn't help showing what great fun you can have with this machine.



So that's it for my little guest appearance for today.  Thanks so much to Madame Samm for having me.  I hope that I was able to shed a little light on some possibilities to make applique less of a chore and more of a joy!!  Happy Quilting!!

23 comments:

  1. Oh Melissa...from the time I saw this machine or cutter or thingamagig...I have been over the top excited at the minis you could make with this..nice to see it in the hands of a quilter...ohhh the possibilities..thank you sew much for your post and ps...that quilt is beautiful...how you do it all is beyond me?

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  2. Melissa, I have a slice and I just love it. I am glad you mentioned the spray, I will need to get some....definitely...I use the glue and well...if you can use the spray for up to 20 cuts, I am sold. Thanks for the wonderful information...

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  3. Since the first time I saw this machine I loved it!!!It's a pitty that it's so difficult to find it here in Brasil.
    Hugs.

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  4. I have seen this, but did not know what it was for. Good on you for showing us here. Thanks a heap.

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  5. It was really interesting to read about this and the shapes can be made bigger than I had thought. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I really would love one of these cutting machines, its the fiddling about cutting everything out for applique that I don't like.... just need to save up now...LOL.

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  7. Thank you for the tutuorial and sharing!

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  8. Thank you! I would have never known about this wonderful machine without your helpful tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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  9. It looks like a really fun little tool. Thanks for the review.

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  10. Wow - off to ebay I go! This is great! I can't believe you can even change the sizes of the appliques! GRRRReat!! Thanks for the super tutorial!

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  11. What a cool tool. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  12. Thank you for the info. I went on ebay and saw they have one (green) for fabric. Do you know if there really is a difference between the machines & if they would use the same cartridges?

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  13. Melissa, Thanks for such a great tutorial! This is yet another cool tool for us quilters! I bet there are a lot of us watching ebay like hawks, now!! LOL Love your projects - thanks for sharing with us!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Thank you so much, Melissa! I have a Slice (the original) and thought I would have to upgrade to be able to cut fabric, but you have shown me how. I can't wait to give it a try! P.S. loved your quilt-along earlier this year.

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  15. Great post, Melissa, you make it look pretty easy. Thanks!

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  16. Okay, I'm going to ask a tacky question....how much did you pay for the Slice?

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  17. i've heard about slice but had a faint idea on how it works..thanks for the tutorial and tips.

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  18. Great post Melissa. Love what you have created with your SLICE too. Sure a fun tool for quilters, and reasonably priced too.

    Just sent out an email to Quilters with Tools (Slice) about some giveaways for SLICE and SLICE memory cards too. I recently won the Paris memory card and am excited to create with it.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  19. To Debbie J : I don't know if there is much of a difference between their new fabric one and the regular old slice as I have only used the one pictured aka regular old one. But it works great for my purposes.

    To Deborah in Atlanta: I payed $140.00 with shipping. That included the 7 extra cartridges and the embossing set (which I doubt I will use but the option is available.) I know that last Day after Thanksgiving they had them on sale at JoAnne's for $50.00

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  20. This machine is really amazing!

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  21. Oh gosh I think we will all be off to eBay!! This looks like a "must have" tool!

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  22. Amazing little machine. Thanks for the demonstration. On my Christmas list now!

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  23. Love your tutorial on this, but I am not sure on pulling off the stabilizer on the letters. How do you do that when it is sewed on from doing the first outline? I hope that makes sense. I know I did something wrong.

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