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Old April 30th, 2006, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everybody. I now have a commercial machine and i must say it's quite amazing. It's a used 1 head Tajima. I was wondering if someone would be kind enough to provide an overview of how to go about doing embroidered patches. You don't have to go to extreme details explaining everything, just enough so that I can start figuring things out myself. I guess I just need to start on the right direction. Thanks so much.
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Old May 16th, 2006, 07:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi there
Jagan has given you some good detail on making patches.

1) You should have all revelent material such as base cloth, fusing.
2) Digitize the design keeping the professional digitizing techniques in mind.
3) Run a sample on normal cloth before you go into production.
4) Press or Lazer cut the patch base cloth and apply to fusing.
5) Embroidery and remove patches from the fusing sheet.

There are alot of free digitized patch available, study the digitized patches before you try your own ones.

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Old February 11th, 2007, 04:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi, Can you tell me about fusing? Is that the heavy stuff on the back of the patch? How do I apply it? Where do I buy it? I have been doing a lot of charity embroidery on my home machine. Now my husband is ill and I need to move up a step . I've been asked to do patches... for money! but I'm not sure how. I've been reading your directions and can follow to a point. .. Make the applique on WSS and fabric... Stuck on direction #4 what is press or lalzer cut? then the fusing. Please help if you have time. I only have a home machine Ult 2001 , do I need to purchase this thing to cut them? Yikes, very confused! Thank you Tickleberrync
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Old April 7th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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1) The fusing is a high temperature plastic applied to the back of the patch. Think of an iron on but you'll have to use a commercial heat press to generate adequate temperature and even pressure. This can be made out of polyester, vinyl, or PVC. Everybody has their favorite flavor. Large thread distributors and manufacturers usually carry this in the backing section of their catalog. I buy mine from Madeira since I buy my thread through them.

2) Laser or press - both are expensive. A cheap laser, which is typically a carbon dioxide laser cutter/engraver (CO2 Laser) starts at $10,000 (ours was almost $30,000 with accessories, air filtration, etc.). You use a laser to cut the patches from the material. it creates a nice edge as it fuses woven twill. The press is a die press. This uses a die cutter with shaped dies. The press is usually a heavy table with a pad on top. A die the shape of what you want to cut is laid over the embroidered twill and the press is swung over the die and pushes down to cut the perfect shape every time. Again, VERY expensive and you have to have a die for every shape. We do mostly custom work so we laser cut everything.

Quite frankly, you're probably better off buying blanks and embroidering on them. This can be a challenge as you have to clamp them or affix them in some way so that they are stable to be embroidered on but you'll spend a fortune otherwise and the learning curve is a big one.

Hope this helps.
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