Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a simple alternative for these situations. You can directly sew your design into organza fabric rather than a finished garment. These can then be cut out into patches and sewn onto almost anything. They are very easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite comparable 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 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 at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that the main one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will disappear excess organza round 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 clean the tip in the tool and remove any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Nearly every design can become a patch. Once you evaluate a design, look for open areas or any regions of straight stitching that could be troublesome. Resist the obvious considered to remove tile organza round the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, as well as the organza will ultimately work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also best to leave the organza inside the open work areas.
Organza is extremely stable and stands up well to some 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 within the open areas of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still needs to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Attempt to match the backing towards the garment fabric therefore 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 will 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 much easier to hoop in the event you first adhere it to the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
After 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 the 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 get rid of excess organza from round the fringe 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 heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the temperature 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 style outline. Then machine stitch appliques set up utilizing a narrow zigzag. Or hand-sew to secure using small overcast stitches.
On sleeves or pant legs, the circumference could 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, use the same technique throughout for the best overall appearance. Once all the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.