How to Make an Embroidered Patch

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Make an embroidered patch to fix worn-out clothing.
Make an embroidered patch to fix worn-out clothing. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Embroidery is hot. You can't look at any fashion magazine without seeing it everywhere so it's natural to turn to embroidery when you think of repairing your favorite outfit that has seen just a bit to much wear. With a computerized embroidery machine you can create a patch in no time and be assured that it's going to match the style of clothing you are using it on. Jean pockets or scuffed up knees can all benefit from the magic that an embroidery machine can bring to a simple patch job.

Select a fabric for your patch that will complement the clothing or item that you need to fix, and select one of the built-in embroidery patterns in your machine. When you have these choices made select a wide and tight satin stitch design to frame your chosen image and make the correct selections for this function in your embroidery machine. Now let the design run.

Select a wide and tight satin stitch design to frame your chosen image and make the correct selections for this function in your embroidery machine. Let the design run on the machine.

Remove the fabric from the hoop and examine your embroidery machine design. Look carefully at the satin stitch to make sure it's nice and smooth. Cut out your design and framed area, leaving a 1/2 inch or more border of fabric.

Cut out a piece of heavy-duty, double-sided iron-on adhesive sheet the same size as the patch and attach it according to the manufacturer's directions. Be sure to leave the side with the backing paper so it doesn't stick to iron it your iron or ironing board! This process will bond the design made by your embroidery machine to the fabric gluing the back side of the stitches in place.

When the backing is on and cooled take a pair of very sharp scissors and cut very close but not up to the boundary of the satin stitched frame. When you are done with that pull off the baking paper and attach the patch to the garment of your choice. Your embroidery machine patch is now in place and you are ready for any fashion layout there is showing off your oh-so stylish embroidery!

Tips & Warnings

  • Tone on tone embroidery can look very nice on those who feel they are to old for flashier colors
  • Today's embroidery machines are able to upsize and down size your design so it's just right for where you need to put it.
  • Always be careful when small children are around an embroidery machine, they find them fascinating and can get rather hurt sticking their fingers in the wrong places!

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