Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is an easy alternative for these situations. You can directly sew your design into organza fabric instead of 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 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 should need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (top quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve as a base to stitch on. One additional item will allow you to make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may become a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or even a multi-purpose tool (offered by most craft stores).
The heat 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 round the away from the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can affix to almost anything. Keep a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to clean the tip of the tool and take away any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can turn into a patch. Once you evaluate a design, try to find open areas or any regions of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the obvious believed to remove tile organza across 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 advisable to leave the organza in 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 select a neutral color organza that will work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza within the open parts of tile design to add dimension and stability.
Although an excellent base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Make an effort to match the backing to 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 give 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 simpler to hoop in the event you first adhere it for 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 remove 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 once you attach it for the garment. Use the heat tool to get rid of 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″ out of the design edges. Don’t get too close, as polyester embroidery threads will melt using this source of heat. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the temperature of the tool. When the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Only use a thread color that suits the style outline. Then machine stitch appliques set up 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 for how an applique is attached. As an example, 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 find the best overall look. Once all the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.