Visited Jerry's Sewing (http://www.jerryssewing.com/) for some advice on machine applique. Got some great tips: 1. Use the open toe applique foot (Janome F2) if the regular applique foot (F) is blocking your view. 2. Use the needle-down setting so you can stop on the right side of the stitch and pivot on curves. Go slow, and pivot every few stitches if necessary. 3. Practice...just like FMQ, it will eventually feel natural.