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Creating a Machine-Embroidered Iron On Patches

Designing your own Iron On Patches can be both interesting and enjoyable.  While you can turn this fascinating hobby into a lucrative business, you can have all the fun of turning your creative ability into something that would cater to current trends and fad.

Creating a patch that you can sew or iron on onto caps, bags, uniforms, jacket or just anything will finally put a stamp on your ability to create something that could be symbolic, artistic, or branded.  Whatever, the reason there is for using your creation, one thing is sure, it is always something of significance.

Iron on patches could be used as an emblem, an identity, a creative artwork, or it could be something to patch on a torn garment. So if know how to create them, then you should be proud of it.  Here are the steps involved in creating Iron on patches.

Materials you will need:

  • A design
  • An embroidery machine
  • Stabilizer
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Vector Editing App (Illustrator or Linkscape)
  • Embroidery Software (DRAWings)
  • Nylon Fabric
  • Polyester bobbin thread and threads
  • Iron on backing
  • An iron
  • Scissors and parchment paper
  • Damp paper towels
  • Hotknife

Iron on Patches

Making Your Design

To start with your project, you need to create your own design.  Get some ideas on the internet and transform it into a vector DRAWing.  If you don’t know how to use the illustrator or linkscape software, take the time to get some tutorials on them.
As soon as you had managed to have your vector DRAWing, scale your design to the size you want. Note that it is easier to scale a vector than a stitch file.  After you have finally created it, save it as legacy format or the oldest version of your regular format if it gives you an error message.

Converting Drawing Into Stitches

Aside from the vector drawing app, you can also use embroidery software.  There are lots of this available software in the internet if you just browse the web.  However, since we are using vector drawing here, we need to focus on the steps that involve this application.

Import your Drawing

Import your drawing and start converting it into stitches.  In case, you are faced with error notifications, you need to go and repeat the process.  Returning to your Illustrator means fixing any open paths or issues that you have here.  Also, do some minor editing in your drawing to alter the type of fill stitch to use, pattern, underlay stitching.
If you just can’t delete something in your stitches in the drawing, then erase it when you are in the process of editing as you can edit the stitch file directly.

Custom Embroidered Patches

Changing Your Stitch File

When using the actual stitch editing software, erase any areas of stitching that you can’t remove in the vector to stitch file conversion.  You can reorder and combine colors to lessen the number of times changing the color of the thread and put trim commands.

When you’re satisfied with the stitch file, save it in a format that your machine is able to read and transfer it to your USB drive or hardware to get your files onto your machine.

“Hooping” the Fabric and Stabilizer

Get a piece of fabric large enough to stick out of the “hoop” on all sides so you can hold and be able to make some adjustments.  Cut a portion of the stabilizer, as big as your fabric.  “Hoop” your stabilize fabric and make sure that it’s tight and wrinkle-free, then attach the hoop to your machine’s embroidery arm.
Setting Up your Machine

Now, transfer your design to your machine as based on your machine instruction manual.  Hook thread of your desired color to the machine and set it going, making sure that you’re using a sharp needle.  Change color every time your machine is telling you that it’s ready for the next thread color.

Processing Patches

When your patches are done, “unhoop” the fabric and then roughly cutting out your patches, leaving some borders around the edges.  You can trim that later.  Remove the stabilizer by running the patches under hot water to dissolve the stabilizer.
For iron on patches, set the iron on the wool setting.  Place the patch backing between two sheets of parchment with the underside facing up.  Press down with some weights for about 10 seconds before flipping it and iron it.  Finally, peel off the backing paper and trim the patches leaving small border all around the edges.

“Hotknife” the Patches

Now that you’re almost done, preheat your hot knife.  While heating it up, grab a paper towel, fold it and have it slightly moisten it.  You will be using this to remove the melted plastic off your hot knife.

Using your hot knife, trim the excess nylon from around the patches and removed the melted gunk off it.
Now you’re completely done and ready to display to the world your greatest patch design.

 

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October 7, 2016     0 Comments   , , ,