Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a straightforward 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 are easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite similar 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 would 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 be considered a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or a multi-purpose tool (offered by most craft stores).
The warmth tools have different tips, and you’ll probably find that the main one having 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 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 – Nearly every design can be a patch. Whenever you evaluate a design, search for open areas or any areas of straight stitching that might 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 also the organza could eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also best to leave the organza within the open work areas.
Organza is quite 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 will work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza inside the open parts of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a fantastic base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still needs to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try to match the backing towards the garment fabric 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 is going to 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 much easier to hoop should you first adhere it for the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
When 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 eliminate 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 for the garment. Use the heat tool to get rid of excess organza from around the fringe of your design. This is actually 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 heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the temperature from the tool. Once 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 style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in position 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 for the way an applique is attached. For instance, 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 find the best overall appearance. Once each of the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.