Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your very 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 much like 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 should need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (good quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve as a base to stitch on. One additional item can help you make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may become a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or perhaps a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The temperature 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 away from the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can attach to almost anything. Keep a very damp sponge in your work area while melting the organza to clean up the tip of the tool and take off any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Nearly every design can be a patch. When you evaluate a design, try to find open areas or any parts of straight stitching that could be troublesome. Resist the most obvious considered to remove tile organza across the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, as well as the organza will eventually work its way out from under tile stitches. It’s also better to leave the organza within the open work areas.
Organza is very stable and stands up well to your heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so choose a neutral color organza that can work well with many designs. Leave the organza in the open parts of tile design to add dimension and stability.
Although a fantastic 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 so 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 is going to be simpler to hoop in the event you first adhere it for the backing having 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 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. Use the heat tool to get rid of excess organza from across the side 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 using this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the warmth of 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 suits the design and style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in place utilizing 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. For example, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on one garment, make use of the same technique throughout to get the best overall appearance. Once each of the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.