You can cover up a monogram if you don’t like it anymore. Different types of garments have monograms. You can find monograms on bags, hats, swimsuits, shirts, dresses, and sweaters. If you have a hand-me-down garment with a personalized monogram from the person who gave it to you, you can easily cover up the monogram.
How Do You Cover Up A Monogram?
You can use applique to cover up a monogram. Depending on the size of the monogram you want to cover up, design an applique of the same size or slightly larger. Place the applique on the monogram and sew it on. This effectively covers the monogram like wit wasn’t there.
Method 1. Use An Applique Patch
Step 1. Check the construction of the monogram. This will help you to decide on how to cover up the monogram. If the monogram has too much thread on it so that it is raised, you will need to remove some part of the monogram until it can be covered up easily. If the monogram isn’t and raised, you can go ahead and make an applique to cover it up.
Step 2. Measure the size of the monogram. This helps you to decide on the size of the applique that you will make.
Step 3. At this point come up with the design of the applique that you want to cover up the monogram with. You can make the initials of your name your applique.
Trace, draw or download the design you want on your patch onto a tracing paper or freezer paper. Fix this design onto a fusible web and cut it out to form a template.
Then, place the cut out onto another fabric. Sew the applique template on this fabric that is the applique fabric. Then cut out all the excess fabric to leave the applique that you will use to cover the monogram.
If your monogram is round, make sure to make a round piece of applique patch to cover it up. Also, make sure that the applique patch is slightly larger than the monogram it is covering up.
Step 4. With your applique patch ready, you can now sew it on the monogram to cover it up. Depending on the fabric of your garment, you can sew it on directly. Or, you could easily hoop the part of the garment with the monogram, a tear-away stabilizer, and your applique.
Bring your hoop onto the sewing machine. Set the hoop and its contents to align to the needle on the sewing machine. Also, make sure that your applique is properly aligned to cover the monogram.
Start sewing the applique patch onto the monogram.
Step 5. When you have finished sewing the applique onto the monogram, remove the hoop from the sewing machine. Loosen the hoop, then tear away the excess stabilizer. Then check how well the monogram is covered. Turn the garment around and check whether the stabilizer is properly covered and not noticeable.
Method 2. Cover The Monogram With Iron-On Patches
Step 1. Take the garment with the monogram that you need to cover. Check the fabric of the garment so that you can know how much heat you need to use when fixing the iron-on patch. If you use too much heat, you may damage the garment.
Step 2. Identify the type of patch you need to use for your garment. You can make a patch for yourself. Make or buy a patch that blends properly with the fabric of the garment you will be fixing it onto.
There are different patches you can buy for this task. You can buy a decorative patch or a patch with paper backing that you will remove as you fuse to your monogram.
Step 3. Considering the size of your monogram also decide on the size of patch that you need. When you have the right patch for the job, it is now time to cover your monogram with an iron-on patch.
Get a patch that is slightly larger than the monogram you want to cover. Also, consider how you will place the patch on the monogram so that it doesn’t look out of place.
Step 4. Place the garment with the monogram you want to cover on a flat surface. Expose the monogram so that it is the most prominent position to apply your iron-on patch.
Step 5. Turn on your iron and iron the monogram to heat it. This allows the iron-on patch to easily settle and stick on the monogram when you place it.
Step 6. Place the patch onto the monogram. The side of the patch with the adhesive should sit on the monogram. When you iron the patch the adhesive will melt and hold the patch in place.
Step 7. Adjust your patch so that it sits well on the monogram and covers it completely. Then place an ironing cloth over the patch. Set your iron to the highest heat settings. Keep your steam settings off and your iron without water.
Step 8. Place the iron over the ironing cloth and directly on top of the patch. Press the iron on the patch for about 15 seconds. This ensures that you don’t burn your patch and the garment with the monogram. With the iron at high heat settings, the adhesive on the patch melts and fastens the patch onto the monogram.
Step 9. Let the patch cool for about ten minutes. Then lift the ironing cloth and confirm that the patch is properly stuck on the monogram. If not, you will have to repeat the ironing process to make sure it sticks.
Iron-on patches are permanent solutions. If you will have to remove some threads from your monogram, make sure to cut them off completely so that you don’t have threads visible under the patch.
Also, you can sew the patch onto the garment after you have ironed it. This is important to ensure that your patch stays in place even when your garment is washed or the adhesive dries after some period.
How To Remove Embroidery From A Garment?
Once the embroidery is done on your clothes, it is supposed to be permanent. Many professional seamstresses do not advise and will not willingly remove embroidery from a garment or piece of fabric. With the thousands of stitches made when embroidering, your fabric or clothes weaken. Removing the embroidery exposes the weak area.
However, there may be instances when it is appropriate to remove embroidery from clothes. You may have old T-shirts from companies you were previously employed. While the T-shirt may be good, you don’t want to advertise the company and you want to remove its embroidery.
The best way to remove embroidery is to cut the stitches holding the threads of the embroidery onto the fabric. There are several types of tools you can use for this task. Some manual while others are automatic and easy to use.
The most basic tool to use to remove embroidery is a seam ripper. Turn your garment inside out to easily access the stitches of the embroidery. Cut the stitches as the base with your seam ripper. Then turn to the right side and pull out the threads. If you find any threads not loose enough, go back to the wrong side and cut the stitches.
For a mechanical tool, use a stitch eraser. This is similar to a shaver. It is an electric tool with sharp teeth. Plug into power and turn it on, place the teeth on the stitches and it will cut all of them quickly. With this tool, you can easily and quickly remove embroidery from clothes.
How To Remove Needle Marks On Clothes After Removing Embroidery?
When you remove embroidery or stitches from a piece of fabric, you will leave needle marks on the garment. These are the holes that were made in the fabric by the sewing machine needle in the process of embroidery. These holes go deep into the fabric. So, if stitches are removed the holes will be left visible.
When you wear clothes from which you have removed embroidery, you don’t want to have needle marks visible. You can easily remove these marks to make sure that your clothes are neat and they don’t have needle marks.
To remove the needle marks you can move the fibers of your fabric back in place. There are a few ways to do this. The easiest method is spraying water over the needle marks. This relaxes the fibers that were pierced and the get back in their position and cover the needle holes,
You can also scrape a spoon over the needle holes. Hold the fabric in the grain of the fabric. This allows you to see the direction of the fibers. Then scrape a spoon over the holes to shut them by placing the fibers in their correct position.
You can also iron your garment or fabric to remove these needle marks.