Updated: Apr 11, 2020
When basting fabric to the papers you often end up with tails of fabric that stick out.
These tails need to be tucked in and not cut off when appliqueing your shape to the background.
Use a thread colour that matches your applique piece not your background fabric
Use a a very fine needle, size 10 to 12. There is a lot of advice about needles, use what is most comfortable for you. I prefer a Bohin size 12 Applique needle short.
As I am not doing a traditional applique, my edges are already turned under, I do not need a long needle.
However if you have a long applique needle then use what you have.