design using SewArt
design using SewArt

How to digitize an appliqué design using SewArt


Regular machine embroidery styles area unit created to be sewed out victimisation simply thread. Appliqué styles dissent from regular embroidery styles as a result of they’re created to include appliqué cloth. rather than the handicraft filling within the shapes of the look, the appliqué cloth fills within the form. the look file is programmed to prevent at sure points to accommodate the inclusion of the material.


Appliqué designs almost aways start by stitching out a placement line. The placement line is intended to show you where the appliqué fabric should be placed. You want to make sure that the appliqué fabric covers the placement line.

Placement stitching for machine applique design digitized using Sew Art

The next round of stitching is the tack down stitching. The intention is to hold the appliqué fabric in place so that you can trim the outside edge of the fabric, always using appliqué scissors.

Tack down stitching for appliqué that I digitized using Sew Art

The final round of stitching is the finished satin stitching around the outside edge. This stitching should cover the raw edge of the appliqué fabric.

final satin stitching of appliqué design created in Sew Art software

Not sure how to stitch out an appliqué design? Check out my post about how to appliqué with an embroidery machine.

Already familiar with appliqué on your embroidery machine, but looking for some pointers? Check out my top 10 tips for machine appliqué.


It’s one thing to stitch out an appliqué design on your embroidery machine. But what about creating one? SewArt makes it super easy.

Of course you can make an appliqué file from any shape, but to keep it simple, I decided to make a simple circle appliqué using the built-in circle shape in SewArt. Here’s how I did it.


Start with a blank canvas

When you start SewArt, you will see a blank canvas.  Since we are going to build the file from one of SewArt shapes, there is no need to open any other file.

Digitize an appliqué design using Sew Art: a blank canvas in Sew Art

Turn on the grid

From the View menu, I turned on the grid to be able to clearly see the size of the appliqué design I was creating.

Digitize an appliqué design using Sew Art: displaying the grid in Sew Art
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