Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is a simple 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 very easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite comparable to their traditionally embroidered counterparts. And with this technique 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 (top 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 a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or even a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The warmth tools have different tips, and you’ll probably find that the main one with 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 just about anything. Keep a very damp sponge inside your work area while melting the organza to clean the tip in the tool and take off any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Almost any design can become a patch. When you evaluate a design, search for open areas or any areas 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 stand up to wear and tear, and also the organza will eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also advisable to leave the organza in the open work areas.
Organza is extremely stable and stands up well to your heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so pick a neutral color organza that can work well with most designs. Leave the organza in the open areas of tile design to add 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. Make an effort to match the backing towards the garment fabric and so 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 offer a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop large enough to support the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will likely be much easier to hoop in the event you first adhere it for the backing having a temporary spray adhesive.
When 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 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 towards the garment. Utilize the heat tool to remove excess organza from round the edge of your design. This 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 from this source of heat. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat in 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 outline. Then machine stitch appliques set up employing 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 how an applique is attached. For instance, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on one garment, use the same technique throughout to get the best overall look. Once all of the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.