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Learn how to sew a patch directly on a cap using your embroidery machine! Click Here
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Step 1 >> Create your patch design with three things in mind >>>
Step 2 >> Hooping: You have two directions in which you can go >>> You can hoop Patch Material without any stabilizer/backing/topping, but this can sometimes lead to the material moving within the hoop. We recommend using HeatSPUN, to the backside of the PatchMat with your heat-press(use parchment, silicon release paper or teflon), then hoop. Press the HeatSPUN material for 10 seconds at about 320 degrees F. Adding the HeatSPUN glue keeps the patch material from moving and sliding within the hoop. This HeatSPUN glue will become your stabilizer when you use the PatchMat material.
NOTICE: HeatSpun stabilizer is recommended for best results.
Step 3 >> Sew out patch/badge design. ALWAYS sew out more than what you need for mistakes.
Step 4 >> Un-hoop and trim off excess Patch Material, keeping all patches together if sewn out as a group.
Step 5 >> Attach Patch Material to the HeatSEAL (this step is essential to good patch making) >>>
Step 6 >> Roughly cut out the sealed patches, removing excess patch/seal material, leaving quarter to half inch of material surrounding satin stitch border.
Step 7 >> Heat up Hot Knife with Universal Tip for 10-15 minutes use safety stand.
Step 8 >> Cut out individual patch/badge with Hot Knife >>>
Finished Patch/Badge can be applied directly to garment with heat-press, hand iron or sewn on. If you choose to sew-on, you could omit the step where you add the HeatSEAL glue after the sew out.
If using heat-press, use 320-330 degrees for 10-12 seconds, then turn garment over and press from the back-side for 15-20 seconds more. If using a hand iron, use setting between Wool and Cotton, no steam. Use same dwell times. Youre done!
* Helpful hint is to heat patch/badge briefly on top-side of garment for proper placement then to turn garment inside-out and apply heat to back-side of patch so heat is directly applied to HeatSEAL side of patch/badge.
For the nostalgic, here is Michael's original patch video
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