Today’s book is Mastering Machine Applique: The Complete Guide Including Invisible Machine Applique, Satin Stitch, Blanket Stitch & Much More by Harriet Hargrave. This is the second edition, copyright 2001; the original edition is copyright 1991 and is less thorough than the second edition.
So here is my disclaimer on this – I have not yet tried any of the techniques in this book. I am still a piecer, but when I get ready to appliqué, this is the first book I will work my way through to learn the necessary skills.
This book covers everything! Everything! I now know way more than I ever thought I wanted to know about needles and thread types and stabilizer types. Harriet Hargrave is very thorough! This book covers several different types of machine appliqué and the different stitches used for them. She also covers all of the equipment used in machine appliqué, including how to use the items and how to care for them. I can’t imagine that there is anything to do with machine appliqué that is not covered in this book, but I haven’t tried machine appliqué yet, so I make no guarantees.
This book covers techniques and equipment and includes a few basic patterns, but for most of your appliqué projects, you’ll want patterns from somewhere else. This is the book that tells you how to do the projects, not which projects to do! And, yes, I highly recommend this book.