Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is a straightforward 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 very easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite similar to their traditionally embroidered counterparts. And with this technique 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 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 perhaps a multi-purpose tool (offered by most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably realize that the one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will disappear excess organza round the outside of the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can connect to just about everything. Have a very damp sponge inside your work area while melting the organza to clean the tip of 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. Whenever you evaluate a design, search for open areas or any areas of straight stitching that could be troublesome. Resist the obvious thought to remove tile organza across the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, and also the organza will eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also best to leave the organza inside 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 choose a neutral color organza that can work well with most designs. Leave the organza within the open parts of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a fantastic base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or perhaps a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Attempt to match the backing towards the garment fabric and so the design will blend in to the background. Usually one layer will suffice, but if the stitch count warrants a heavier backing, use multiple layers. It will still provide a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop big enough to allow for the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will be easier to hoop if you first adhere it to 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 remove any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not suggested 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 as soon as you attach it to the garment. Utilize the heat tool to remove excess organza from around the edge of your design. Here is 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 out of this source of heat. 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 – Always use a thread color which fits the style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in position 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 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, make use of the same technique throughout to get the best overall appearance. Once all of the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.