This close-up shot gives you a clearer image of the veins I've been stitching onto each leaf for added detail to my finished project.
In case you've never used your machine to free hand embroider ( in my example I did the leaf veins and also appliqued the leaves onto the background using this method); this is how I go about it:
1. I set my machine to zig-zag and then shorten both the width and the length of the stitch to close in the stitch
2. I use an embroidery needle on the machine along with a special foot which is meant for embroidery work
3. I drop the feed dogs (this last step allows me to move the fabric in any direction as the machine stitches - which is important for freehand embroidery)
* I also stabilize the back of the applique by putting some tracing paper underneath which after I finish stitching over, gets torn off. The paper seems to help form neater stitches.