Sometimes embroidering directly onto a garment is impractical, impossible or simply ineffective. Creating your own embroidered patches is a simple 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 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 would need – Besides general machine embroidery supplies (high quality backing, embroidery design, thread, embroidery needles), you’ll need polyester organza to serve being 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 perhaps a multi-purpose tool (offered at most craft stores).
The temperature tools have different tips, and you’ll probably realize that the main one using a very sharp point is easiest to handle. This tool will melt off excess organza around the outside of the embroidery, leaving the outlines intact and providing a soft and pliable applique you can connect to just about everything. Keep a very damp sponge in your work area while melting the organza to clean up 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 parts of straight stitching that could be troublesome. Resist the obvious thought to remove tile organza across the straight stitching. Straight stitching isn’t stable enough to resist wear and tear, and also the organza will eventually work its solution from under tile stitches. It’s also advisable to leave the organza inside 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 which will work well with many designs. Leave the organza in the open parts of tile design to incorporate dimension and stability.
Although a great base fabric for embroidered patches, organza still has to be stabilized. Use either water-soluble backing or a professional-quality, tear-away backing. Attempt to match the backing for the garment fabric and so the design will blend into the background. Usually one layer will suffice, but if the stitch count warrants a heavier backing, use multiple layers. It can still give a soft, pliable applique. Hoop the backing and organza together in a hoop big enough to allow for the embroidered design.
Note: Slippery organza will be easier to hoop if you first adhere it towards the backing using 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 advised to clip the tlrreads on tile back of any 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. Utilize the heat tool to remove 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″ from the design edges. Don’t get too close, as polyester embroidery threads will melt using this source of heat. Rayon embroidery thread can better withstand the heat of the tool. Once the organza is melted, the applique boasts stable edges and secure outlines.
Attaching the patches you’ve created – Always employ a thread color which fits the style outline. Then machine stitch appliques in place 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 how an applique is attached. For example, on the featured garment, too-narrow sleeves prohibited machine-applied appliques. When attaching multiple appliques on a single garment, use the same technique throughout to find the best overall appearance. Once each of the appliques have been in place, attach any desired trims and buttons.