Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is a straightforward 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 just about anything. They are very 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 would 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 a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The warmth tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that the main one with a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off excess organza across 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 within your work area while melting the organza to clean up the tip in the tool and remove 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 areas of straight stitching that might be troublesome. Resist the most obvious believed to remove tile organza around the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, and the organza will ultimately work its solution 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 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 many designs. Leave the organza within the open areas of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Attempt to match the backing to the garment fabric and so the design will blend into the background. Usually one layer will suffice, however, if the stitch count warrants a heavier backing, use multiple layers. It can 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 easier to hoop if you first adhere it for the backing having a temporary spray adhesive.
Once 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 suggested 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. Use the heat tool to eliminate excess organza from across the fringe of your design. This is the exact same technique used qawntn professionally manufactured custom embroidered patches.
Run the tool approximately 1/8″ away 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 temperature from 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 matches the design outline. Then machine stitch appliques set up utilizing 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 a single garment, make use of the same technique throughout for the best overall look. Once each of the appliques are in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.