(This week I thought we’d revisit some posts that have appeared on this blog over the past year. I know we get new readers often, so I thought I’d point out some posts I thought shouldn’t be missed. This post about embroidering single blank patches first appeared in February of 2008.)
Yesterday, we discussed how to decide on the size and type of patches you want to embroider and offer to your customers. Today we will be discussing how to embroider single patches. We have gotten some questions on this subject, so I will do my best to provide you with some good tips on the best way to easily create embroidered patches one at a time.
The first thing to keep in mind is the fact that, if you are starting with already created blanks to which you will add a design, you are way ahead of the game. It is possible to create your own blanks from scratch and then add your design, but the process requires more cost and more time than buying blanks from a supplier.
Once you have received your blanks, the next thing you need to do is add your design. The first thing to do is create a patch template. If you know you will be using the same size patches regularly, scan one patch and then digitize a running stitch around the edge of the image. Be sure your stitching starts and stops at the top of the patch. Once that is done, create another file for the design to go on the patch using your template file as a base.
The best way to embroider a single patch is use a large piece of sticky backing, like EnMart’s Peel-N-Stick backing, and hoop the backing with the adhesive side up. This will hold the emblem in place. Once you have hooped your backing, program your machine to stop at the end of the first running stitch. This is the stitch that defines the outline of the patch. Once the machine has sewn the outline stitch it will stop. Place the blank emblem on to the adhesive backing using the running stitch as a template for placement. Restart the machine. It will then sew the rest of your design. When the machine is finished sewing, simply unhoop the backing and tear off the excess.
Some Helpful Links
Impressions Magazines has two great articles on the subject of embroidering blank patches. Some of the information included in this post was from those articles. If you have a moment, please go and read these articles. They are:
Also, there is a patch holder attachment for embroidery machines manufactured by a company called Kormak. We are not affiliated with this company, nor do we offer this product for sale through EnMart. We also have never used this attachment. Basically, we know nothing beyond the fact that such a thing exists. I just thought, in the interest of information, I would pass the link along.