Appliqué can be used anywhere that a design calls for large enough filled area such as names and numbers on jerseys. When we use applique, we custom-cut a piece of applique fabric, usually polyester twill, to fill a large area with an embroidered design. These pieces are applied to a garment during the process of embroidery. Our machines trace an area on the garment where the cut piece is to be applied, then after the piece has been placed with a small amount of tacking spray, the machine tacks down the edges with a zig-zag stitch. For those who prefer a very clean edge, a tightly spaced satin stitch then sews to completely cover the edges.