Modern consumer embroidery machines quickly stitch appliqué designs by following a program. The programs have a minimum complexity of two thread colours, meaning the machine stops during stitching to allow the user to switch threads.
- First, the fabric that will be the background and the appliqué fabric are affixed into the machine's embroidery hoop.
- The program is run and the machine makes a loose basting stitch over both layers of fabric.
- Next, the machine stops for a thread change, or other pre-programmed break. The user then cuts away the excess appliqué fabric from around the basting stitch.
- Following this, the machine continues on program, automatically sewing the satin stitches and any decorative stitching over the appliqué for best results.
- In the modern sense, appliqué refers to using fabric shapes/designs usually on the trim of a garment. This can either be sewn or glued. Many appliques are exported from China since many designers use appliques that are mass-produced.