Practicing the art of embroidery is a good way of spending one’s free time. One of its strengths is that it is a very versatile hobby. If you have been doing this for a while and you wish to level your game, then learning how to make embroidery patches is the way to go.
Patches can be used to decorate a lot of items, mask tears, or just transform a piece of fabric into something spicier. Actually, if you come to think of it, the art of making patches all boils down to learning how to embroider on different materials.
In this article, we will provide you with what you need to know in order to learn this new skill. Now, you might think that it is a hard one to learn, but with this step-by-step guide, we are confident that you will be making patches in no time.
Embroidery is an art form that has been with us for hundreds of years. Thus, it is only our duty to learn it and pass it on to the future generation. However, what was once embroidery done by hand is now being replaced by digital embroidery for one simple reason—efficiency.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make embroidery patches using a machine.
The first thing needed to embroider a patch is to find or create a design. It is very important to find a crisp, high-quality image, especially if you plan to digitize and load it into an embroidery machine. The better quality the image is, the better the overall product will be. So, do not settle for anything less than the best.
The second step is to digitize the design. This means that from a PNG or JPEG file, the image must be converted into machine language that is compatible with the type of embroidery machine that you have. There are many online websites that offer software programs to finalize this step.
Digitizing the design will provide you with estimates on how long the project is going to take, how many stitches that need to be done per color, and a lot more info. As we have just said, it would allow you to become more efficient in doing your project.
Make sure to have the thread required for the project. Go through size and fabric compatibility with caution. In addition, you should also pick all of the colors that you will go into the final design. Try to be as accurate as possible and use the color codes that are posted in your software program of choice.
Aside from that, make sure that the machine is fully-equipped to carry on the entire embroidering process too. Check for the right needle, proper setup, and proper sizing to ensure that the patch will be made effortless and without error.
Next, pick the right base for the design. There is no rocket science involved in picking the right fabric. Anything from plastic film to reflective fabric will do as long as the outline of the patch is clear.
You might also want to make sure that it can be carefully removed from the excess afterward. All in all, pick something that will match the threading, and you will see that finding the right base should be easy to come by.
First off, if the machine in question is used for both embroidering and sewing, then make sure that the needle is suitable for embroidering. Afterward, hoop two layers of stabilizer. We recommend choosing thicker, heavier, and water-soluble stabilizer since they are easier to work with.
Once done, set the hoop on the machine, turn it on, and select the design. The machine will then first outline the die-line, which is set on the hoop and outlines where the satin border of the patch will be sewn.
Now, take a piece of the material of choice and iron it. Denim is a surprisingly good fabric for making machine-embroidered patches. It’s light and flexible, but it’s also sturdy and can endure the strain put by the needle on the fabric.
Take the ironed fabric and use some adhesive to place it on the layers of stabilizer so that it covers all of the die-line. Make sure to give it a bit of space for the edges too. The material should also have a smooth surface, so avoid making any wrinkles when sticking it to the stabilizer.
After having everything in place, put the hoop in its original place and resume the process. The machine will now start stitching the pre-selected model. For multi-colored models, note that when the machine finishes stitching with a certain color, it will stop. The thread must be severed, and the floss must be replaced.
Make sure that the bobbin is also with full spool since the machine will also stop working if it runs out of bobbin threading. Pick a nice, light color like white for the bobbin threading. There’s nothing left to do than to wait for the machine to do its thing.
After the machine stops stitching, there’s not much left to do but to take a pair of scissors and trim down the excess fabric from the edges. Make sure to be very gentle in doing so because damaging the threads in the outline might ruin the design. Instead of cutting the stabilizer, make sure to use a bit of water and dissolve it if it was the wash-away kind.
And, that’s it! You have just finished your very first embroidery patch using your reliable machine!
There are a lot of things that you can do with an embroidery machine. For more custom designs, you would have to purchase a digitizing software. This software will allow you to make virtually anything in terms of embroidery patches.
That being said, more logos and models can be found online for a one-time fee. Some models can even be found for free on the internet, so getting a bigger collection of models and logos is mostly a matter of searching.
Lastly, make sure to practice using different materials to achieve the most desirable result. The quality of your materials will also affect the finished project.