Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a straightforward alternative for such 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 just about anything. They’re simple to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite comparable 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 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 a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably find that usually the one having 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. Keep a very damp sponge inside your work area while melting the organza to wash the tip in the tool and take off any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Almost any design can turn into a patch. Whenever you evaluate a design, look for open areas or any regions of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the obvious believed to remove tile organza round the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, and also the organza will eventually work its way out from under tile stitches. It’s also advisable to leave the organza in 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 choose a neutral color organza that can 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 perhaps a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try 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 if you first adhere it for the backing with 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 remove any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not recommended 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 once you attach it to the garment. Utilize the heat tool to get rid of 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″ away from 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 temperature from 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 which fits the design and style outline. Then machine stitch appliques set up 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 instance, 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 all of the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.