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How to make patches with an embroidery machine?

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How to make patches with an embroidery machine?

Mar 29, 2022 embroidery digitizing


Who doesn't enjoy personalised embroidery patches? These are popular among teenagers and are a great way to add personalisation to clothing.

To cash in on this lucrative and in-demand market, you can start making patches with an embroidery machine. Using modern embroidery machines, making one-of-a-kind embroidery patches is simple. We'll show you how to get a head start on embroidery patches with basic low-cost supplies and an embroidery machine in this blog.

Supplies required for embroidery patches

Use sturdy twill patch fabric with a crinoline backing to make high-quality and long-lasting patches. This fabric is made for embroidered patches only. Using a lighter or flimsier cloth will result in a waste of material and labour, as well as a poor finish.


Sharp Needles 

To pierce the tightly woven twill cloth, you'll need a sharp, long-lasting needle. Round shank needles are recommended for commercial embroidery services.


Heat Seal Film Fuse-N-Bond 

The heat seal film is perfect for creating professional-looking embroidery patches. The film is long-lasting, and customers can iron it without the patch deteriorating or fading.


Transferring Embroidery Patterns to Fabric

Transferring embroidery patches to fabric can be done in a variety of ways. Thankfully, the transfer process isn't too difficult. The type of fabric (texture, thickness, and colour), as well as the resources available, will determine the best transfer method. Tracing, transferring, and using a stabiliser are all popular methods for transferring embroidery patterns to fabric.


Transfer Method

Design transfer is a popular method for tracing a design directly onto fabric. With an iron-on pen, trace the back of the design to use the transfer method. After that, you'll iron it onto your fabric until the design is completely transferred. You can periodically pull up the paper to see if all of the lines have been transferred to ensure that the design is fully transferred. You can also trace the design on tracing paper first, then retrace it on the fabric with an iron-on pen or iron-on pencil.

Remember to draw the design backwards so that when you flip it over to iron, you don't end up with an inverted pattern. To reduce the chances of a wrong side transfer, mark the right side up. Although the transfer method is simple, it is not the most sensitive method for transferring all lines to fabric.


Stabilizer Method

When working with textured cloth, the stabiliser method is better suited for embroidery patches. The use of the right stabiliser, such as Sulky sticky fabri-solvy, can greatly improve the process of transferring designs to fabric. The stabiliser is available in a variety of sizes and can even be purchased in rolls. Just make sure you get the right stabiliser from the many options available.


Tracing Method

Another popular method for making patches with an embroidery machine is the tracing method. Light-colored fabrics work best with this method. Getting the embroidery pattern printed is the first step in the process. You can also directly trace the design on the fabric using a light source behind the embroidery design if the fabric is light-colored and thin.

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