Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just 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’re simple to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite much like 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 would need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (high quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve 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 even a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that usually the one with a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off 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 remove any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can turn into a patch. When you evaluate a design, try to find open areas or any parts of straight stitching that might be troublesome. Resist the obvious considered to remove tile organza round the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, and also the organza could eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also better to leave the organza inside the open work areas.
Organza is quite stable and stands up well to a 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 inside the open parts of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or perhaps a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Make an effort to match the backing to the garment fabric therefore 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 will still give a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop big enough to accommodate the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza is going to be simpler to hoop in the event you first adhere it for the backing using a temporary spray adhesive.
After 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 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. Utilize the heat tool to get rid of excess organza from across the side 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 using this source of heat. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat of the tool. When the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Only use a thread color which fits the design and 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. As an example, 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 are in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.