How To Make Embroidered Patches With Sewing Machine

The cute embroidered patches from the ‘90s are making a grand comeback. With most celebrities slaying the outfits with quirky embroidered patches, it has become clear that the creative fad is here to stay.

From oversized denim jackets and monochrome formal shirt to torn, old jeans and trendy pin-stripe trousers to pretty sneakers and fancy shoulder bags, the patches are easily available everywhere, even in the internationally established retailers!

While many rely on the embroidered machine to create the patches, they can effortlessly be made using the standard sewing machine.

How To Make Embroidered Patches With Sewing Machine

They can be sewn on any standard sewing machine that features zigzag functions. Once the groundwork has been done, you slide the traced fabric under the machine foot, lower the feed dog, adjust the stitch width, and fire up your sewing machine.

Now that you’ve unraveled the secret to making embroidered patches with a sewing machine, gear yourself up, conceptualize the designs, and stitch the custom patch. 

Be the creative fashionista bringing the cool trend back as you learn how to make embroidered patches with sewing machines as we walk you through the easy compilations of rounded-up procedure.

How To Make Embroidered Patches With Sewing Machine

What are Embroidered Patches?

While this ultimate fashion statement has created a lot of hype across the globe, there are individuals who are unaware of what they actually are.  Embroidered patches are the pieces of art to decorate the fabric with contrasting colored yarns and needles for the creation of an artwork!

Also, known as cloth badge and appliqué, there are various kinds of embroidered patches created using a fabric backing and embroidery threads. From the fully-embroidered badge to the bullion embroidered badges to the felt-backed layered badge,   no matter what type of embroidered patch it is the objective remains the same.

Originally used as an identification medium of the military and uniformed personnel, the finely-detailed, edgy, and top-notch embroidered patches connote a symbol that represents the hierarchy of particular rank. They were also designed to emblazon the beautiful embellishments on the royal robes and religious artifacts.

How To Get Started With The Making Of An Embroidered Patch?

To be prepared is half the victory is a very well-known saying that one should stick by when it comes to customizing the embroidered patch!

In fact, nothing puts your creative mode into overdrive more than having all tailoring tools, accessory, and fabrics you need before creating the patchworks.

What all do I require, you may wonder? The answer: a sewing machine, fabric of your choice, fusible interfacing, embroidery floss and needles, and a pencil.

Once you have everything you need, start the embroidery venture by ironing the basic fabric on which the patch is to be sewn. Always remember that iron is your friend when it comes to creating the groundwork for the best patches.

How can I strengthen the fabric prior to stitching?

While creating the patchwork without using an embroidery machine, one has to be extra careful with the choice of the fabric. It is preferable to pick the rigid textile for the prevention of fabric from either puckering up or stretching. The solution for this is laying the fusible interfacing on top of the base fabric to ensure that the rigidity of the beautifully textured cloth is retained.

Also, it provides body to the fabric by adding strength to the area where the patchwork is to be sewn. While this addition is completely optional, it’s recommended as it maintains the crispness of the sturdy fabric and guarantees the durability.

This already brings to mind the fine-looking imagery of haute couture, glamour, sophistication, and excellence, doesn’t it?

P.S. Before proceeding to the next step it’d be wise to stick the fusible interfacing and the fabric using the adhesives to avoid the layers from shifting during the entire procedure.

How To Make Embroidered Patches With Sewing Machine

What Is An Easy Way To Trace The Design?

Once equipped with all the necessary ammunition it’s time to trace the design on the fabric piece so that you have a great layout for the stunning appearance of the masterpiece. To prevent the cloth from getting inked, it’d be a judicious choice to mark the design with a pencil or any other washable marking device you have.

This is followed by popping the contoured fabric in the hoop and keeping it as taut as possible before you start filling in a design. One important thing that has to be considered is adjusting the hoop ridge up instead of down, unlike the fixture for normal embroidery to create a finely-tailored patch.

P.S. Yet another thing to be ascertained is that the hoop is large enough to hold the piece tightly but small enough to fit through the shaft of the sewing machine to have stable needlework.

How Can I Set My Sewing Machine To Make The Embroidered Patches?

Any sewing machine with smooth zigzag functioning fits the bill to create incredible patchworks. You just have to strike the dos from the checklist given so you face no difficulty.

1. The first step is sliding the fabric under the machine foot while taking the foot off of your shaft and then putting it back on.

2. Also, you should think through lowering the feed dog as it will help you have free movement while sewing, and avoid pulling and moving of fabric during the procedure.

3. When it comes to adjusting the width of the stitch, it is completely based upon what best fits your design like 2.7 or 0.5 stitch widths. For filling in design it’s should be set to the widest width for the production of a great innovative creation.

4. You should make sure that you have used a fully wound bobbin thread so you won’t find the bobbin empty in the middle of the stitching. If you are in a dilemma on what color of thread you should insert in the bobbin, fret not! You have the liberty to fix the thread of any shade that you otherwise would not use for other purposes.

P.S. Using a rayon embroidery thread is preferable as it gives a fine finished look and also provides strength to the fabric. However, you can also pick either cotton or polyester thread rolls if the rayon is not in store.

Witness the magic happen!

Now it’s time to fire up the sewing machine and let the free motion create magic using the colorful and vibrant threads. Make yourself comfortable on the chair, drop the feed dog and start to fill in the designs as the sewing machine runs with back and forth motions.

Is it important to have the border in the embroidered patch?

The dimension of the border has to be checked in addition to ensuring the fray check. This is done so that the stitches do not unravel and the border perfectly complements the customized design that you have just created.

Now all you have to do is carefully cut out the desired shape as per the design without loosening the stitches. Once this is done you have the patch that is completely made by you, from the scratch!

Get Wowed By The End Product!

Now that you have designed and made the state-of-the-art embroidered patchwork, you can use fabric adhesives or sew it into the place of the fabric.

Why get into a hassle of sewing when you have already used the sticky back glue, you may ask?  The answer: while adhesives and peel off sticker increases flexibility, sewing extends the life of the applications so you are assured the stitches won’t come off any time soon.

It’s time to be on the cloud as nine as you receive praises for the tailor-made embroidered patch that adds aesthetic value to the apparel as well as showcases your ingenious craftsmanship.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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