Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is an easy alternative for these 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 are simple 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 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 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 heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that the main one with a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt away excess organza across the outside of the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can connect to almost anything. Keep a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to clean the tip in the tool and remove any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can turn into a patch. Whenever you evaluate a design, try to find 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 stand up to wear and tear, and also the organza will ultimately work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also better to leave the organza within the open work areas.
Organza is quite 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 which will work well with most designs. Leave the organza inside the open regions 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 for the garment fabric and so the design will blend into the background. Usually one layer will suffice, but if the stitch count warrants a heavier backing, use multiple layers. It can still offer a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop large enough to support the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will be simpler to hoop if you first adhere it for the backing using a temporary spray adhesive.
Once 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 get rid of any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not recommended 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 as soon as you attach it to the garment. Utilize the heat tool to eliminate excess organza from round 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 out of this source of heat. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat of 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 that matches the style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in place employing a narrow zigzag. Or hand-sew to secure using small overcast stitches.
On sleeves or pant legs, the circumference would 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, use the same technique throughout to find the best overall look. Once each of the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.