How to Make Patches With an Embroidery Machine

    by Sherry Snider

    About the Author

    Sherry Snider is a technical writer/editor specializing in instructional/educational material, hardware and software manuals and multimedia learning. Most of her work is published in government/training, corporate, and manufacturing industry materials. In addition to technical documentation, She contributes to online and print publications related to travel, technology, crafts and hobbies.


    Creating really clean, slick embroidered patches almost requires professional equipment. Quality base cloth, fusing and laser cutting equipment are key concerns for professional machine-embroidered patches, but it's an expensive proposition if you only want to create a few patches for special projects or occasions. There are much more economical options using your home equipment with simple steps and preparation.

    Things You'll Need

    • Embroidery machine
    • Embroidery pattern
    • Thread
    • Stabilizer
    • Base fabric or patch blanks

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    Cut "tear away" adhesive backing material/stabilizer for your hoop size. For simplicity in hooping and for patch blanks, self-adhesive tear away backing/stabilizer is highly recommended. By using self-adhesive stabilizer, you can hoop the stabilizer without having to hoop the base cloth.

    Hoop the stabilizer and peel away the adhesive paper.

    Place the fabric or patch blank on the hoop and press it to the adhesive stabilizer. Use the marks on your hoop to center your patch. This is especially critical for alignment when using patch blanks. Pin the fabric or patch blank to the stabilizer to further secure the position.

    Raise the presser foot on the machine and place the hoop into position.

    Select your embroidery image; lower the presser foot and allow the hoop to center to position on the machine. Press the "Go" button to begin stitching.

    When the pattern is complete, lift the presser foot, exit the pattern, move the hoop position out and remove the hoop from the machine. If the machine doesn't do this automatically, you may need to cut the thread from the needle.

    With the hoop removed, trim strings as needed and remove pins. Remove the hoop from the adhesive backing material/stabilizer, and remove the backing material from the fabric or patch blank.

    If you used your own base cloth, send your patches out to be laser cut or use good quality scissors to cut the machine embroidered patch from the fabric taking special care not to cut the thread or stitches.

    • For extra protection, apply fabric glue to the edges of the patch to prevent unraveling.