When looking at machines one of the things I expected to learn how to sell was patches. That was of course before knowing anything about patches and the process honestly seemed pretty intimidating. Plus there are not many tutorials out there for creating machine embroidery patches. There are the patches that you have the border for and ones that free float. Due to the complexity of a bordered patch I decided it would be more useful to try a free float. What I mean by free float is simply that the patch is made on an alternate material that will be trimmed to size. For this type of patch I used felt since it is a webbed fiber meaning it will not fray when it is cut. Perhaps in the future I will try my hand at creating a bordered patch that is not 100% file form created to test further, but for now I hope you enjoy this first time video and find it helpful for your own projects.
Tips for Creating a Patch
- Felt Material: Won’t fray
- Stabilizer: Rip away or Cut Away for back and use water stabilizer for the front if using letters to keep threads from getting buried
- Trim or Rip off stabilizer as close as you can without cutting stitches
- Heat and Bond shiny side down on the back of embroidery
- Use heat press or iron for about 10-15 seconds. I like to iron in small circles since it starts to smell like burning plastic (perhaps turning down the iron would also help) peel when cold
- Cut around felt with fabric scissors
- Admire patch and iron onto desired project
Random Machine Embroidery Tip:
- Use a Report folder with sheet protected pages of designs with sizes to help choose projects as well as see what designs you have
- Journal with steps and colors if there is a trace layer or not, also what colors you like
- Don’t rip apart the hoop! Always unscrew or it will eventually break the screw mechanism which is why this is my second hoop.