Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a simple alternative for such 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 almost anything. They’re simple 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 would 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 help you make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may become a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably find that the one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off excess organza round the outside the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can connect to just about everything. Keep a very damp sponge inside 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 be a patch. When you evaluate a design, search for open areas or any areas of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the most obvious considered to remove tile organza round the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, and the organza could 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 select a neutral color organza that will work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza inside the open parts of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although an excellent base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still has to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Make an effort to match the backing for 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 give 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 to the backing having a temporary spray adhesive.
Once 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 any 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 round the edge 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 heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat 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 that suits the design and 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 will be the deciding factor based on 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, use the same technique throughout to get the best overall look. Once each of the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.