Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is an easy alternative for these situations. You can directly sew your design into organza fabric rather than a finished garment. These can then be cut out into patches and sewn onto almost anything. They are simple to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite much like their traditionally embroidered counterparts. And with this method of embroidery, you can precisely position without opening seams, embroidering over lumpy seam allowances or worrying about exact placement when hooping.
What you should need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (good quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve as a base to stitch on. One additional item will allow you to make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may be a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or perhaps a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The temperature tools have different tips, and you’ll probably realize that usually the one with a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off excess organza around the away from the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can connect to just about anything. Keep a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to wash the tip from the tool and take off any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can turn into a patch. When you evaluate a design, search for open areas or any parts of straight stitching that could be troublesome. Resist the most obvious thought to remove tile organza across the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, and also the organza could eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also better to leave the organza in the open work areas.
Organza is very stable and stands up well to your heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so select a neutral color organza that will work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza within the open parts of tile design to include dimension and stability.
Although an excellent base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or perhaps a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Make an effort to match the backing to the garment fabric therefore the design will blend in to the background. Usually one layer will suffice, however if the stitch count warrants a heavier backing, use multiple layers. It is going to still provide a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop large enough to support the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will likely be simpler to hoop should you first adhere it for the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
When the design is stitched on the organza, take it out of the hoop, and gently remove excess backing from tile back. Remove all backing before melting the organza. The backing will leave a gummy residue on the heat tool and can mar the embroidery. Use tweezers to remove any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not advised to clip the tlrreads on tile back of a design, clip any that may show on the front. Leave some thread tails that can be tucked behind the applique when you attach it for the garment. Use the heat tool to remove excess organza from around the fringe of your design. Here is the exact same technique used qawntn professionally manufactured custom embroidered patches.
Run the tool approximately 1/8″ out of the design edges. Don’t get too close, as polyester embroidery threads will melt using this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the temperature of the tool. Once the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Only use a thread color which fits the design and style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in position utilizing a narrow zigzag. Or hand-sew to secure using small overcast stitches.
On sleeves or pant legs, the circumference could be the deciding factor for the way an applique is attached. For example, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on one garment, utilize the same technique throughout for the best overall look. Once all the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.