Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your very own embroidered patches is a straightforward 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 are very easy to create and surprisingly beautiful, with results quite similar 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 would 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 can help you make perfect appliques: a heat tool. This may become a wood-burning tool, a stencil cutter or even a multi-purpose tool (available at most craft stores).
The temperature tools have different tips, and you’ll probably find that the main one using a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will disappear excess organza round the outside of the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can affix to just about anything. Have 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 become a patch. When you evaluate a design, try to find open areas or any regions of straight stitching that may be troublesome. Resist the most obvious considered to remove tile organza across 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 advisable to leave the organza within the open work areas.
Organza is quite 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 most designs. Leave the organza inside the open parts of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still must be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or even a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Try to match the backing to the garment fabric and 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 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 easier to hoop should you first adhere it to the backing with a temporary spray adhesive.
After 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 the 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 for the garment. Use the heat tool to remove excess organza from across the edge of your design. Here 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 heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat from the tool. Once 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 employing a narrow zigzag. Or hand-sew to secure using small overcast stitches.
On sleeves or pant legs, the circumference could be the deciding factor based on how an applique is attached. For example, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on one garment, use the same technique throughout to get the best overall look. Once all the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.