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!!