Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a simple alternative for such situations. You can directly sew your design into organza fabric as opposed to a finished garment. These can then be cut out into patches and sewn onto just about anything. They’re simple to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite much like their traditionally embroidered counterparts. And with this process of embroidery, you can precisely position without opening seams, embroidering over lumpy seam allowances or worrying about exact placement when hooping.
What you would need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (good quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve being a base to stitch on. One additional item can help you make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may be considered a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or even a multi-purpose tool (offered at most craft stores).
The warmth tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that the main one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off excess organza across the away from the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can attach to almost anything. Keep a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to clean up the tip in the tool and remove any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can be a patch. Whenever you evaluate a design, look for open areas or any regions of straight stitching that could be troublesome. Resist the most obvious believed to remove tile organza around the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, as well as the organza will eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also better to leave the organza in the open work areas.
Organza is extremely stable and stands up well to some heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so pick a neutral color organza that will work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza in the open parts of tile design to include dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still needs to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or even a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Attempt to match the backing towards 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 accommodate the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza is going to be easier to hoop should you first adhere it towards the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
Once 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 get rid of any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not suggested to clip the tlrreads on tile back of the design, clip any that may show on the front. Leave some thread tails that can be tucked behind the applique when you attach it towards the garment. Use the heat tool to remove excess organza from round the fringe of your design. This is actually the exact same technique used qawntn professionally manufactured custom embroidered patches.
Run the tool approximately 1/8″ away from the design edges. Don’t get too close, as polyester embroidery threads will melt using this source of heat. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat in the tool. Once the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Always employ a thread color that matches the style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in place using 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 how an applique is attached. For instance, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on a single garment, make use of the same technique throughout to find the best overall appearance. Once all of the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.