Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is an easy alternative for these situations. You can directly sew your design into organza fabric as opposed to a finished garment. These can then be cut out into patches and sewn onto just about anything. They’re 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 (good quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve 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 perhaps a multi-purpose tool (offered at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably find that usually the one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off 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 everything. Keep a very damp sponge in your work area while melting the organza to wash the tip of the tool and take away any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can become a patch. Once you evaluate a design, try to find open areas or any parts of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the obvious thought to remove tile organza round the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, and also 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 select a neutral color organza which will work well with most designs. Leave the organza in the open areas of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still needs to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Attempt 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 can still provide a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop big enough to accommodate the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will likely be easier 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, 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 the 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. 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″ out of the design edges. Don’t get too close, as polyester embroidery threads will melt out of this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the warmth from the tool. After the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Always use a thread color which fits the style 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 based on how an applique is attached. For instance, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on a single garment, utilize the same technique throughout to get the best overall look. Once all the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.