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Thread: I want to make IRON ON PATCHES by EMBROIDERING. What do I embroider on?

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    Hey, all. I have been wanting to make iron on patches with my embroidery machine. These would be especially great for areas on clothing that can't fit in the hoop. BUT I don't know what to embroider the designs onto. I know something like the iron on stabilizer would be great if I could get it double-sided and iron one side to the back of the material with the embroidery, then I could iron the back of it onto the shirt or whatever. BUT...if it was 2-sided, would it get hot when I ironed the design on and not stick when I wanted to iron it on the project? I've also thought about using the iron on stabilizer backward. For example, I could use the iron-on stabilizer like you use the tear away kind. keep the sticky side on the bottom, then embroider. That way I could iron the entire "patch" on. BUT....I don't know if the iron-on kind would be strong enough. I've also thought about putting some fabric glue behind the "patch" before ironing, but how would I do that? Would I need to glue it, then let it dry, then iron it? I could also stitch a little here and there around the edges by hand to make sure it stays. This all seems like a lot of work, and there must be something out there I could use. OR maybe there is something out there specifically for this. I am not very familiar with stabilizers and these things. I'm just getting started with those. BUt, does anyone know what the ! I'm talking about!? :lol: TIA!

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    this is toooooooooooo easy. embroider onto any sturdy fabric. let the type of fabric used in the clothing be your guide. (sewing something thin to thick fabric is ok. sewing something thick and heavy to lightweight and delicate, not such a good idea.)

    cut up a sheet. or get some innerfacing. then use a double sided fusing product to attach it to the clothing. or glue it on. or sew it on by hand. if you embroider onto fusible innerfacing, it might even stick on its own, although i doubt it.

    it's like any other applique. different methods will work best for different projects. embroider; cut out; attach. simple as that.
    :D

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    PatriceJ: I like the idea of using the double sided fusing product. ;)
    Do you know, personally, if this stuff is really sticky? I mean, would I really need to stitch around it or use glue, too?
    Thanks for your help! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtercreamCakeArtist
    PatriceJ: I like the idea of using the double sided fusing product. ;)
    Do you know, personally, if this stuff is really sticky? I mean, would I really need to stitch around it or use glue, too?
    Thanks for your help! :D
    there are several different weights and strengths available in fusing products. if you pick one that looks like plastic on sheets of paper, check the package to see whether or not you need to do anything else to ensure it survives washing. the heaviest products tell you right on the package that you shouldn't or can't sew through them.

    i'd try fabric glue first, i think. for what you have in mind, it's a lot quicker. check the bottles carefully. look for things like "dries clear", "doesn't change the color of the fabrics", "washable", etc. if i don't forget by the time i get home i'll get the name of the kind i use.

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    Hello, I'm new on this site. But not new to making patches. I make and sell patches to customers and a local store that sells a particular kind of motorcycle and leather clothing.

    I will share what I use to make my patches for sew on. But there's plenty of products to use for iron on. I buy most of my supplies at the local Wally World. 1. I first hoop black or white interfacing...depending what color I will be sewing the patch on. 2. I cut a piece of heavy duty stabilizer to fit inside of my hoop. 3. If this patch design is completely filled with embroidery then you need to spray the heavy duty Stabililzer and place on the hooped interfacing. 3. if the design does not have embroidery covering the patch...then you need to have a a fabric or felt in color to harmonize with your embroidery design threads. 4. When finished place the iron on material on the back of finished patch...I personally use Heat Bond on my patches, but of course mine are for sell and the backing is only for appearance. This method is great because you only hoop one time and it is the the first one of interfacing. I have found that hooping through heavy duty stabilizer was to hard on my shoulder (tendoniitis!)

    I hope this isn't to confusing. One more tip...if you use the white stabilizer a permanent marking pen in the color of the zigzag border use the permanent marking pen to touch up the white to keep in from showing.

    Hope this helps...I will also be happy to share information. Hope you can get through the above tips.

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    Txlady!!! Thank you so much! That's exactly what I was looking for! I'm mostly looking to do this embroidery for my daughter's and son's clothing...like on the arms/legs where it's impossible to hoop! BUT...I would like to open my own shop....someday when the kids are bigger...
    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

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    Miranda, your welcome. Good luck on your embroidery patches for the children's clothes. You can also open the seams on most jeans and shirts and embroidery straight to the garment using a patch design and a good cut or tear away stabilizer. I wish good luck to you for a future embroidery shop.
    Txlady

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    This is not a big deal

    Henry

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    you are welcome

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    I bought some stuff at my local dealer that Floriani came
    out with, although I have not tried it yet.

    It's called Press n Bond
    Louise - I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world . Also collect homemade pincushions, and sewing/quilting themed fabrics.

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