Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a simple alternative for such 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’re easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite much like 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 (high quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve as a base to stitch on. One additional item will help you make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may become a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or even a multi-purpose tool (offered at most craft stores).
The heat tools have different tips, and you’ll probably discover that usually the one having a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt away excess organza across the outside of the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can affix to just about everything. Keep a very damp sponge within your work area while melting the organza to wash the tip in the tool and take off any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Just about any design can turn into a patch. Whenever you evaluate a design, look for open areas or any parts of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the obvious thought to remove tile organza round the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, as well as the organza could eventually work its way out from under tile stitches. It’s also advisable to leave the organza within the open work areas.
Organza is extremely 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 can 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 must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or perhaps a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try to match the backing to the garment fabric therefore the design will blend to the background. Usually one layer will suffice, but 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 accommodate the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza is going to be much easier to hoop in the event you first adhere it towards the backing having 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 remove any backing caught in small areas. Although it’s generally not recommended 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 towards the garment. Make use of the heat tool to eliminate excess organza from round the edge 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 using this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the warmth of 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 which fits the style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in place employing 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 the way 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, make use of the same technique throughout for the best overall appearance. Once each of the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.