Tip: Trimming Applique In the Hoop Designs

October 9, 2017By Anna AldmonAppliqué, DIY, Tips & Tricks 2 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

When stitching out an applique design in the hoop, trimming the applique fabric after Tack Down is key to having a nice finished edge around the applique. Here are a few quick and easy tricks to trimming the applique fabric.


  • First, make sure you have a tight hoop, so the hoop does not pop open when you remove the hoop from the embroidery unit to trim the applique fabric.
  • Remove the hoop fully intact from the embroidery to trim the applique fabric and place on a flat surface.

Trim Applique in Hoop Designs

  • Gently pull up on excess fabric, with curve tip scissors, trim the applique fabric using the Tack Down Stitch as a guide. It is ok to nip these stitches, as they will be covered by the cover stitch.
  • Turn hoop as needed to follow the Tack Down stitches to continue trimming the applique fabric.

Trim Applique in Hoop Designs

  • Use scotch tape to pick up loose threads and fabric fuzz after trimming.

Trim Applique in Hoop Designs
This is a block from Art Deco Fan Pattern which is available from Anna’s Awesome Applique Designs.


  • I’d be interested in knowing more about the scissors. Mine are big and clunky and these look like they’d do such a better job at precise trimming.

  • The best applique trimming scissors are double curved applique scissors and/or duck-bill applique scissors. I purchased Gingher double curved and absolutely love them.

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