Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is a simple 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 just about anything. They are easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite comparable to their traditionally embroidered counterparts. And with this process 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 (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 (available at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably realize that the main one using a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt away excess organza across the outside the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can affix to almost anything. Keep a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to clean up the tip from the tool and take away any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Nearly every design can be a patch. Once you evaluate a design, search for open areas or any parts of straight stitching that might be troublesome. Resist the obvious thought to remove tile organza around the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to stand up to wear and tear, as well as the organza will eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also best to leave the organza in the open work areas.
Organza is very 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 will work well with most designs. Leave the organza in the open areas of tile design to include dimension and stability.
Although a fantastic base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still has to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or even a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try to match the backing towards the garment fabric therefore 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 large enough to support the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will be much easier to hoop should you first adhere it towards the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
When 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 get rid of 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 when you attach it to the garment. Make use of the heat tool to eliminate excess organza from round the side of your design. Here is the exact same technique used qawntn professionally manufactured custom embroidered patches.
Run the tool approximately 1/8″ 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 from the tool. After the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Always employ a thread color which fits the design outline. Then machine stitch appliques in place using 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. 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 to find the best overall look. Once all the appliques are in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.