How Can You Create Custom Embroidery Patches

How Can You Create Custom Embroidery Patches

What Is an Embroidery Patch?

Embroidery Patches are made by using backing fabric and thread. It features a logo or design that identifies a nation. There is a long tradition of hand-embroidered patches but advancements in digitized embroidery have made them accessible to the public. 

Simple And Quick Process Of Making an Embroidery Patch

You can create Custom Embroidery Patches in almost any form you can imagine by using any thread for edging, from any base material. Although specialty equipment like cutter/plotter machines and purpose-made materials highly speed up their creation. You can embark on a project with a bit more than water-soluble sacking and a pointed, sharp scissor.

If you are a laser-cutter wizard or a plotter user, I will not tell you how you can cut materials by supplying vector art to your favorite machines. It is unnecessary to say, whether you begin with a technological solution, work entirely in the hoop, or use patterns for manual cutting, the process of creation is within your reach.

In all cases, making a custom-cut piece starts much with the same method that is outlined for stock patches. The only difference is – you will be edging the patch with your digitizing machine. This means you need more than just a placement line in your files. 

You have to find and digitize your patch shape with the placement line, a zig-zag tack-down stitch narrower than the finished edge you want, and finish with a 3 mm wide dense stitch border that is only a millimeter larger than the base material you have cut.

To get an extra-clean finish, use a same-colored bobbin thread for the final border and that wrap-around look.  

4 Easy Steps Involved In The Process 

  • Using Water Soluble Backing

Both in-the-hoop and pre-cut patch-making begin with solid water-soluble backing. I personally recommend a “fibrous” water-soluble backing instead of a film. Thin film as topping for textured clothes will not be stiff enough to support heavy stitching without loosening or tearing.  

If you are not able to find fibrous water-soluble backing, make sure to use layers of thick films, especially marketed for the creation of embroidery patches or badges.

  • Make Your Placement Stitches

To manage the sewing steps on your machine, the easiest way is to place each element on a new color change in your software, causing the machine to stop between stages.

The first color of the design with pre-cut material should be used as a standard placement line, later which you should lightly attach your cut piece to the backing.    

Before you run the outline for hand-cut, in-the-hoop patches, put a fabric piece larger than your finished area on the backing. After the first outline runs, you can take the hoop out of the machine, leaving the backing hooped, and then carefully cut away the excess material of the patch outside of the line.  

Placement Stitches

  • Use Tacking Stitches 

The processes converge from here out. 

Sewing the wide zig-zag tacking element is the next step. After your material adheres to the backing, you will stitch your central design, leaving the final color change for the satin stitch around the edges. So, this makes it less possible that the final border’s dense stitch cutting will release the piece too early from the backing. 

  • Dissolve The Backing Of Your Patch

After finishing that, all you need to do is dissolve the backing. 

To save time in the rinse phase, remove the excess water-soluble backing as much as possible from your patch before rinsing.  

Once it washes clean, with no foam or residue, or it may be sticky/stiff later, you will have a clean finished edge along with thread wrapping cleanly to the back of the emblem. 

For such a simple process, patch creation provides a world of possibilities for expression. There is nothing like a patch unsized, an easily shipped way to create wearable artwork you can trade with your fiber-art friends. However, you can easily achieve this work through our Embroidery Digitizing Services. We will be glad to help you in simplifying the process.   

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *