Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply just ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is an easy alternative for these 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 easy 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 should 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 will allow you to make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may be considered a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or a multi-purpose tool (offered at most craft stores).
The warmth tools have different tips, and you’ll probably find that the main one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt away excess organza around the away from the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can attach to just about anything. Keep a very damp sponge in 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 – Nearly every design can become a patch. Whenever you evaluate a design, look for open areas or any areas of straight stitching that might be troublesome. Resist the most obvious thought to remove tile organza across the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, and the organza will ultimately work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also better to leave the organza in the open work areas.
Organza is extremely 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 that can work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza within the open parts of tile design to include dimension and stability.
Although an excellent base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still needs to 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 in to the background. Usually one layer will suffice, however, if the stitch count warrants a heavier backing, use multiple layers. It can still give a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop big enough to support the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza is going to be much easier to hoop if 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 remove any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not advised to clip the tlrreads on tile back of any design, clip any that may show on the front. Leave some thread tails that can be tucked behind the applique when you attach it for the garment. Use the heat tool to get rid of excess organza from across the edge of your design. This 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 using this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the warmth from 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 design and 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 will be the deciding factor for how an applique is attached. For example, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on one garment, use the same technique throughout to find the best overall appearance. Once each of the appliques are in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.