Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is an easy alternative for such situations. You can directly sew your design into organza fabric rather than a finished garment. These can then be cut out into patches and sewn onto almost anything. They are very easy 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 would 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 will allow you to 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 discover that the one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt away excess organza round the away from 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 wash the tip of the tool and take off any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can become a patch. When you evaluate a design, look for open areas or any regions of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the most obvious considered to remove tile organza across the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to stand up to wear and tear, and also the organza could eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also advisable to leave the organza within the open work areas.
Organza is very stable and stands up well to a heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so choose a neutral color organza which will work well with many designs. Leave the organza within the open regions of tile design to include dimension and stability.
Although an excellent base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or even a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try to match the backing to the garment fabric therefore 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 is going to still give a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop large enough to accommodate the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will be simpler to hoop should you first adhere it towards the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
After 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 eliminate any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not advised 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 eliminate excess organza from around 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″ out of the design edges. Don’t get too close, as polyester embroidery threads will melt from this source of heat. 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 – Only use a thread color that suits the design 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 could be the deciding factor for the way an applique is attached. For instance, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on one garment, utilize the same technique throughout to find the best overall look. Once each of the appliques are in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.