Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply 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 just about anything. They are 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 will need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (top quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve as being a base to stitch on. One additional item will help you make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may be considered a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or perhaps a multi-purpose tool (offered at most craft stores).
The temperature tools have different tips, and you’ll probably realize that usually the one using a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off excess organza around the outside of the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can affix to almost anything. Keep a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to clean up the tip of the tool and take off any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Almost any design can be a patch. When you evaluate a design, search for open areas or any areas of straight stitching that might be troublesome. Resist the most obvious believed to remove tile organza round the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, and the organza will ultimately work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also advisable to leave the organza in the open work areas.
Organza is extremely stable and stands up well to your heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so pick a neutral color organza which will work well with many designs. Leave the organza within the open areas of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although an excellent base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still has to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or perhaps a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Make an effort to match the backing towards the garment fabric so the design will blend into the background. Usually one layer will suffice, however, if the stitch count warrants a heavier backing, use multiple layers. It can 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 to the backing using a temporary spray adhesive.
After the design is stitched on the organza, remove it from 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 any design, clip any that may show on the front. Leave some thread tails that can be tucked behind the applique once you attach it to the garment. Make use of the heat tool to eliminate excess organza from across the edge of your design. This is actually 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 out of this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the warmth in the tool. Once the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Always use a thread color which fits the design 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 will 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 one garment, use the same technique throughout for the best overall appearance. Once all the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.