EMBROIDERY MACHINE FOR PATCHES
Making your own patches with an embroidery machine takes time and thread, but once you understand the process, it’s a surprisingly simple project. However, the process can be a bit confusing for embroidery beginners. For example, how to turn a patch into an iron-on? Can you use stabilizer only or do you need to embroider onto the fabric? How do you even create a patchwork design or set the correct patch size? No matter what type of patch you want to embroider, here’s how to make embroidered patches using a machine.
CATEGORY OF PATCHES FOR EMBROIDERY MACHINES
When choosing consumables, it is crucial to distinguish between a thread-only patch and a fabric-based patch.
Using fabric as a background Advantages of this type of patch include less thread used and shorter sewing time.
Patches for threads only
In contrast, fiber-filled patches have a main image and a background created entirely by fiber. No base fabric is visible and the number of stitches required is much higher.
You can still use the base fabric for a stronger, more durable patch (and I recommend it). Even with a well digitized small design, sometimes you can only use stabilizer when embroidering.
EMBROIDERED BORDERS EMBROIDERY MACHINE OPTIONS FOR PATCHES
In both types, the base fabric may be contained within the hem (as in pith or thick satin stitch) or may extend beyond the edge (common in bean stitch or thinner satin stitch).
- All fabric inside the border
The base fabric is covered with a hemming stitch and does not come off.
If you want to embroider this type of applique as an amateur embroiderer, you should cut the base fabric to the desired size before starting the edging stitch.
- Cut the edge of the fabric outside the border
So this type of patch can be trimmed to size before, during or after the final hemming stitch.
EMBROIDERY MACHINES FOR PATCHES IN THE MODERN WORLD
The embroidery machines patches has been around for quite some time. In recent decades, embroidery has been used mainly in uniforms. School logos can be seen on the breast pockets of several schools across the country. American soldiers have it differently too.. There are also many companies that require their employees to wear uniforms with an embroidered pattern depicting the company logo.
Recently, however, embroidery has been used for purposes other than uniforms. If you’ve ever seen a racing driver on a track, you’ve probably noticed the colorful embroidery on his jacket. They are actually the logos of his sponsoring companies who have found that embroidered patches are a great way to promote your company in style.
The nice thing about embroidery patches is that you can easily sew them on and take them off when you get tired of the design. If you have a denim jacket, you can easily change its look by sewing a new set of embroidery on it. It’s also useful to keep some extra embroidery pattern for different looks as it doesn’t cost much at all.
While jackets and shirts are the most common places for embroidery, you can attach them to other items of clothing as well. In fact, the next time you’re on a busy street or in a shopping mall, you might notice a few people wearing things embroidered on their jeans, caps, or even bags.
The backs of these patches are heat sensitive and all you have to do is iron them onto any garment you wish to decorate and they will be permanently attached. It’s definitely more comfortable, but the downside is that the patch can’t be removed even after you get tired of it.
THE BEST FABRIC PATCHES OPTIONS FOR EMBROIDERY MACHINE
Patches are easy to embroider because the base fabric is stable and won’t twist easily. As a general rule, choose a stable, firm fabric (NOT stretchy and knit) that won’t fray or deform during the embroidery process. Fabrics with a non-woven (or applique) reverse face less fraying and provide more support. You can buy fabrics made directly for patches already with a backing, or you can add your own backing to a suitable sewing fabric.
- Patch Twill
The best base material for patches is patch twill. Patch twill is made especially for patches and has a non-woven backing. As such, it provides the popular “feel” of the patch and does not fray. (It is important not to fray the edges of the patch, as tiny threads can sometimes come out of the edge of the patch, creating an untidy patch edge. Since it doesn’t have a backing like twill, I add my own fusible to the back to make the fabric more stable.
Felt is cheap and easy to find. Plus, you’ve probably already felt somewhere in your craft room. Of course, you can use materials such as leather, denim, wool, densely woven cotton and even canvas as patching fabric. Many of these options will work better with support.
There are many ways to work embroidery for appliques. The first is through the app. In this type of embroidery technique, a decorative pattern obtained by cutting pieces of material is stitched over another fabric. The purpose of appliqué is to reduce the number of stitches in large patterns or to create a bolder look. Another way to customize your logo embroidery is to use custom embroidered patches. To create logo embroidery patches, first trace your design onto a piece of paper or canvas. The embroidery digitizing software comes with a specific design program that allows the user to convert the original image into a digitized file that will guide the embroidery machine in stitching the patches.