I tried stitching as close to the edge of the applique shape and only biting the very edge. It is ok, but I still like the hand look better. I just don't have all the time I would like to get everything done I would like to do.
I think with practice I could perfect it more. I was advised to use thin thread and maybe the one I chose wasn't as thin as I would like in the future. I used a 50wt. and maybe a 60wt embroidery thread would be better. I will have to look for that the next time I get to the fabric shops. This is stem work on a center medallion for the Sampler UFO.