A number of different companies are in the business of making embroidered patches and most of them use the best machines and the finest threads to do so. These are the ones who supply thousands even millions of patches to different clients year in and year out. Patches are commonly used for advertising purposes but they can also be utilized for other things such as satisfying the need for personal customization.
Especially for those who are in the age bracket of seven to fifteen, embroidered patches create a bold fashion statement. This has been shown in past decades where top designers utilized these patches on everything from jeans to sneakers. There are other types of clothing and accessories that have not escaped the patch fad including backpacks for example.
There are different designs that these patches come in. People can easily find embroidered patches carrying the logos of their favorite music groups. These are some of the more popular options. They come in round patches that can either be stitched onto clothing or ironed on. Brands showcasing pop culture can also be found on patches. These come in varying shapes and designs. Some have text while others carry simple images.
Although purchasing ready-made patches is the easy thing to do, there are people, hobbyists mostly, that prefer to make their patches from scratch creating the ultimate customization products available to man. Not only are these uniquely theirs but no two patches are alike. Unlike the machine-generated commercial patch offerings, these ones are made by hand sans the embroidery machine.
Most people think that it is difficult to make a patch without the fancy gadgetry but for as long as they possess basic sewing skills, achieving a desirable result is not far from impossible. Less than a dozen materials are needed for this project starting with the design. This is the basis for all materials to be measured.
Two layers of cotton cloth slightly wider than the design are needed. Sandwiched between these layers is a tougher piece of cloth. Gauze-like barege cloth will do just fine. If the patch is intended to be ironed on, an additional layer of interfacing fabric is necessary. Needles, pins, varying threads, and an embroidery hoop are the last few materials on the list.
The first step is to prepare all fabric layers. Press each one using the medium setting of an iron and then stack them up in this order from top to bottom: cotton, barege, cotton, interfacing fabric. The patch maker then has to lock them in place using the embroidery hoop. This is a wooden two-layer hoop. The cloth is fitted into the larger hoop with the smaller one pressing against it. The hoop is then secured with a screw-type lock.
The next step is to set the design onto the fabric sandwich. It is best to have it traced directly onto the cloth using washable pencils or sewer’s chalk. When the design has been drawn onto the fabric, it is now time to stitch. No other stitch type other than satin is to be used. It will take some time but this is best done with a slow and steady hand.
Embroidered patches can be fabricated section by section using one color of thread at a time. The patch maker should start with darker and more solid colors as supplementary ones can be added on top of the base design. To ensure that the colors will not run, prewash the finished patch and allow it to dry under the heat for twenty four hours. Press the patch on low heat afterwards.
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