Use a SCREWDRIVER instead of a stiletto to compress fabric down as the needle approaches a chunky intersection. The wide flat tip does a better job of keeping fabric from shifting, or for guiding gathered fabric, etc. by janelle
The Dryer Sheet Applique Method is a quilt applique technique that recycles used dryer sheets as interfacing for appliques. Dryer sheets stabilize appliques and make it easy to turn edges under, but you will need to sew these appliques by hand.