Creating embroidered patches is both an art and science. Not only do you consider the creative aspects of creating patches but also look into its production technicalities. But just like any other process, the first step to making patches start with the learning part of it.
Being a new embroiderer, it may make take you a while to learn the macro and micro details of making beautiful patches and this is why we are here.
In this article, we are going to share step-by-step process of creating a fancy patch that will look beautiful on any kind of fabric:
1.Use a High-Resolution Artwork
Any embroidered patch is as good or bad as its design. So the first step to produce an eye-catching patch is to create a high-resolution image that has the clarity and sharpness to look beautiful in an embroidery design. Try to use vector-based artwork that has a crisper result and that you can easily resize.
In other words, you should use a high-resolution artwork that you can translate into a masterpiece design once you embroider it in the form of a patch.
2.Digitize the Design
Once an artwork is ready, it goes into the digitizing stage where you convert it into a digitized form which is readable by an embroidery machine. At this step, you will set the colors of threads along with types and number of stitches that you will use in the patch.
The type of stitches defines the different stitches that are used in an embroidery work. There are three basic types of stitches in any embroidery job: run stitches, satin stitches and fill stitches. You have to apply these three different stitches along with the specific stitch count for each type of stitch.
3.Choose the Thread
Using the right kind of thread is equally important for creating patches that can really pop. Your choice of thread will depend on the color and quality that you want to create in an artwork.
Since thread colors breathe life into a design, you need to be as precise in your color selection as possible else you might spoil the spirit of a design. To be accurate in your color selection, you should use pantone-based color codes so that you can get the desired color effects on a patch.
As for the quality of thread, you should pick a brand that match the soul of your design. Madeira is one brand that ranks top on quality and durability.
4.Pick a Fabric
At this step, you will need a fabric onto which you will embroider a patch. This will again depend on the type of your patches, threads and type of stitches. For example, twill material is considered the best material for making custom embroidered patches for uniforms.
Besides, you need to know the total number of threads and types of stitches so that you can pick a material that is as heavy as the embroidery and can withstand the weight of stitches. Too light fabric tends to sag if you embroider heave stitches on it. It will result in a patch that doesn’t look taut and smooth.
Therefore, you should make selection of your fabric after giving enough thoughts to the overall design of your patch as well as the number of stitches that you intend to sew on it.
5.Hoop the Fabric
Now that you have chosen the right fabric for your specific type of patch, you need to hoop it using an appropriate stabilizer. A water-soluble stabilizer is the most commonly used stabilizer for creating patches and it helps keep the fabric taut and firm in order to produce a wrinkle-free embroidery.
Always iron the fabric before using the stabilizer so that it doesn’t have any wrinkles. Make sure that the fabric is firmly attached to the stabilizer and there should be no creasing in it. Once you properly hoop the fabric with stabilizer, you need to set it its layout before you start the embroidery and this what we will discuss in the next step.
6.Set the Layout
Before you set the cloth on the machine, you need to choose the right template to create the required layout on the fabric. Similarly, if you are making an applique work, you need to first produce the appliques using the required design. You will need a laser cutting machine to get appliques in the desired shape.
Next you will set the dieline to help the machine direct stitches within a specific sewing field. Once you set the required layout, you are good to go to the production process.
7.Configure the Machine
Now before you press the start button on your machine, you need to prepare it for this job. Make sure that the needles are in sound condition to produce a good embroidery and thread spools are put in the required colors on the bobbin. Check the bobbin case for any lint that might break the thread during the stitching process. Finally, you need to set the stitch speed on the machine to complete the job within the set timeframe.
8.Do the Final Touches
Once you get the design on the fabric, you need to do the final touches on the patch to make it look refined and clean. To serve this purpose, you will need a scissor to help you cut the patch out of excessive fabric. However, you need to be very careful when doing this job and avoid cutting into the outline as it can ruin the stitches and botch your entire design.
Finally, you need to remove threads from the patch to give it a clean look. Don’t use the domestic scissor and only use the embroidery scissor that comes with a pointed edge and thinner blade to help you remove threads very closely from surface of the fabric.
And here you are. You have just made a fantastic patch that you can proudly show to your colleagues.