Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is a straightforward 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 almost anything. They’re simple 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 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 perhaps a multi-purpose tool (offered by most craft stores).
The temperature tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that the one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will disappear excess organza around the outside the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can attach to just about everything. Have a very damp sponge inside your work area while melting the organza to clean up the tip from the tool and take away any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Nearly every design can turn into a patch. When you evaluate a design, try to find open areas or any areas of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the obvious considered to remove tile organza around the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to stand up to wear and tear, and the organza will eventually work its way out 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 your heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so select a neutral color organza which will work well with a lot of designs. Leave the organza in the open regions of tile design to add dimension and stability.
Although an excellent base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still has to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or even a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try to match the backing towards 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 will still provide a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop large enough to accommodate the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will be simpler to hoop if 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 eliminate any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not advised 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 as soon as you attach it towards the garment. Utilize 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″ out of the design edges. Don’t get too close, as polyester embroidery threads will melt using this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the warmth in the tool. When the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Always use a thread color that matches the design 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 for how an applique is attached. For instance, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on one garment, utilize the same technique throughout to find the best overall appearance. Once all of the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.