Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or just ineffective. Creating your 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’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 will need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (top 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 a multi-purpose tool (offered at most craft stores).
The heat 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 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. Keep a very damp sponge inside your work area while melting the organza to clean up the tip in the tool and take away any melted organza that might otherwise stain the embroidery thread
Designs – Almost any design can be a patch. Whenever you evaluate a design, look for open areas or any parts of straight stitching that might be troublesome. Resist the obvious considered to remove tile organza around the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to withstand wear and tear, as well as 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 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 many designs. Leave the organza within the open regions of tile design to add dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still needs to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or perhaps a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Attempt 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 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 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, 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 get rid of 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 towards the garment. Utilize the heat tool to get rid of excess organza from round the edge of your design. This 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 from this heat source. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat from the tool. After 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 set up employing a narrow zigzag. Or hand-sew to secure using small overcast stitches.
On sleeves or pant legs, the circumference would 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, utilize the same technique throughout to get the best overall appearance. Once all the appliques will be in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.