When digitizing a design for applique, use the following steps as a guide:
1. Create a stitching line for the pattern, outlining the desired area for applique design. This line also indicates the applique fabric placement. A color change is needed after this first stitching line, so that the machine will stop, allowing the operator to place the applique fabric witchin the marked (stitched) area.
2. Digitize the next stitching line just inside the previous stitching line. The purpose of this "tackdown" line - the only purpose of this line - is to secure the applique fabric so that it stays in place properly. It can be the same color as the fabric or as the final stitching. A color change at the end of this stitching line may be desired to give the operator a chance to check that everything is correctly cut and positioned before proceeding with the design.
Note: Omit Step 2 if a blanket stitch will be used to finish the applique fabric. Simply use the blanket stitch as the tackdown. This is a little on the risky side since there is no "edge check" as there is when using a satin stitch outline. Normally one can tell when the tackdown sews whether the satin stitch will cover the edge of the fabric properly and steps can be taken at that time to correct any discrepancies.
3. Once the applique design securing stitches are digitized, the remainder of the design can be completed. when planning the stitch sequence, the rest of the design can be arranged in any order after the applique stitch lines.