Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is a simple alternative for these situations. You can directly sew your design into organza fabric instead of a finished garment. These can then be cut out into patches and sewn onto almost anything. They are easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite similar to 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 will need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (high quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve as 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 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 disappear excess organza round the outside the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can attach to almost anything. Have a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to wash the tip from the tool and take away any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can turn into a patch. Once you evaluate a design, try to find open areas or any regions of straight stitching that could be troublesome. Resist the most obvious considered to remove tile organza across the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, and also 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 very 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 that will work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza within the open areas of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a fantastic 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 for the garment fabric therefore the design will blend 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 give a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop large enough to allow for the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will likely be simpler to hoop in the event you first adhere it towards the backing having 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 eliminate any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not recommended 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 as soon as you attach it towards the garment. Utilize the heat tool to eliminate excess organza from round the fringe of your design. This 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 from this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat in the tool. After the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Always use a thread color that suits 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 will be the deciding factor based on how an applique is attached. For example, 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 get the best overall appearance. Once each of the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.