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Can Embroidery Machines Make Patches?

If you are looking to buy your first embroidery machine because you want to get deeper into the world of arts and crafts, there are a couple of questions you probably have. Hopefully at this point, one of those questions isn't “what is this machine?”

can an embroidery machine make patches, it's not a dumb questionIf you are going to the trouble of thinking you need to get one, we all hope you know exactly why you should get it. That doesn't mean you need to know everything there is to know about the device. There are all kinds of things these machines can do that you might not have known about. There are also some things they can't do you might have come into the situation believing they could pull off. So, when you ask the question, can an embroidery machine make patches,” it's not that dumb a question.

The simple answer is that yes, these machines can indeed make patches if you know what you are doing and how to use them. The key here is that you do indeed have to know what you are doing and how to use these. This isn't something you're going to be able to do once you first turn on the machine. It's also not something that you will have to study for years and years in order to get. Practice, of course, does make perfect but we're going to lay out a few ways in which you can use these machines to make some patches through embroidery.

What an embroidered patch really is?

The first thing to keep in mind is that embroidered patches are not new. They have been around pretty much since patches, in general, have been around. You might know these items by another name though. Cloth patches are actually embroidered patches. They used to be made by hand but not there are plenty of machines that can speed up the process and even lead to a situation where you are basically mass producing these kinds of additions to your clothing, or furniture or whatever else you want to use the patches for.

The most well-known use for these designs is by those in the military. Medals can get a bit heavy and they can get a bit impractical at some point. Various military units started realizing that people should be able to wear identifying markers on their clothes without needing to find a way to pin everything or hang everything off their sleeves, lapel or pockets. This is where these patches have come in handy because they can be affixed in a broad number of ways.

There are embroidered patches that can be affixed to clothing by sewing them on. There are patches that have a glue backing that can basically be ironed onto the clothes, or they can be affixed the same way you would a medal if you so choose by pinning them on. The important thing to remember is that no matter what kind of patch you go with, that patch is going to be one that can be created by hand, or it can be created by an embroidery machine.

The process of making embroidered patches

These days, computer technology and even home machines are good enough that it's quite a bit easier to make these patches faster, but the process in which they are made largely stays the same. The first step is to cut a fabric backing, on which the embroidery will go. This backing is cut to shape and the edges of the backing are heat sealed so that there isn't any kind of fraying. If you are wanting a patch to look as good as it possibly can, this is going to be important. Some machines will come with the ability to heat seal the backing and that starts the whole process.

sewing is much easier today than it was before the embroidery machineOnce the backing has been completed, the stitching is put into place. There are some patches that actually incorporate the backing while others lay the thread entirely on top of the base of the patch in order to do this. It's not hard to realize that the process of making the patches have become quite a bit easier.

This is the same kind of way that sewing is that much easier today than it was before the sewing machine. In quite a few different ways, there are some very real comparisons. embroidery machine takes quite a bit more detail than simply sewing but the process is very similar. What once took hours, and even days by hand takes only a few hours or a few minutes.

Just how detailed the patches are is one of the ways you can tell just how long it's going to take. There is still a bobbin that you will need to load up. Where these machines can be quite a bit more helpful is that they are able to weave back and across the base of the patch much quicker than a human pair of hands could do it on their own. There is also the fact that you don't have to keep stopping in order to make sure you are laying down the layers the right way. The embroidery machine is going to help guide you through what you need to do.

When you are talking about some of the more tops of the line embroidery machines, you are talking about devices that can do things all at once. They will be able to not only allow you to put yarn on top of the patch, but the machine will also help you cut the patch shape and size as well. As mentioned earlier the machine might be able to actually melt and bind the side of the patch base so that when you are working, you aren't having to constantly work around what the frayed edges might have put in front of you in order to cause problems. You might even have a machine that can put on the backing if you are creating one of those that are able to be ironed on rather than knit into the fabric that the patch is being applied to.

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