Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a straightforward 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 almost anything. They’re easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite similar to 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 will 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 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 (available at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that the one using 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 connect to just about anything. Have 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 regions of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the most obvious believed to remove tile organza around the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to stand up to wear and tear, and also the organza will eventually work its way out from under tile stitches. It’s also better to leave the organza inside the open work areas.
Organza is extremely stable and stands up well to your heavy stitch count design. Dark colors will show through with light colored thread, so choose a neutral color organza that can work well with most designs. Leave the organza inside the open regions of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a fantastic base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try to match the backing to the garment fabric so the design will blend in 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 should you first adhere it towards the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
When the design is stitched on the organza, remove it from 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 to the garment. Utilize the heat tool to remove excess organza from around the edge of your design. This 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 source of heat. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the warmth in the tool. Once 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 position utilizing 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 a single garment, make use of the same technique throughout for the best overall appearance. Once all of the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.