Custom Embroidered patches

wool sweater with elbow patches

In all honesty, however there are insane things you can do with a sewing machine that aren’t sewing. They don’t utilize string or feed canines. On the off chance that this sounds thoroughly perplexing to you, check needle felting out!

Felting is a course of matting wool (or different strands) together to tie them into one strong piece of material. There are perhaps one or two cycles to accomplish this yet they all require some messing up of the filaments to inspire them to tie together. Contemplate what happens when you wash and dry a wool sweater with elbow patches in a clothes washer/dryer — besides the fact that the wool contracts however it hardens up and every one of the yarns in the long run become one strong piece of wool.

Today we will zero in on needle felting. In this technique, needles with little spikes are utilized to punch in through the layers of wool (or fiber) and back up to tie the small filaments together. Furthermore, fortunate for us, BERNINA has a machine assistant to do this for us!

Today, we will utilize needle felting to add elbow patches to a wool sweater with elbow patches. You can add patches to another sweater for more enlivening reason or utilize this strategy to fix up a long-cherished sweater that is beginning to break down. Yippee for repairing and upcycling!

Moves toward felt elbow patches

Stage 1. Mark fix position

The main thing we really want to do is evaluate our sweater to figure out where the elbow patches will go. Give your sweater a shot and imprint a point about an inch underneath the place of your elbow, level against the posterior of your arm. I utilized a straight pin to do this yet on the off chance that you’re not keen on living as hazardously as I’m, you could utilize a security pin or some washi tape.

You just truly need to stamp one arm — we’ll gauge how far that imprint is up from the edge of the sleeve and leave a matching imprint on the other arm. This is generally for the wellbeing of balance yet in addition since sticking with your non-predominant hand may be excessively risky.

On the off chance that you’re repairing a current wool sweater, you likely would have no need to do this: the sweater will let you know where the fix needs to go.

Stage 2. Cut the wool

Then, we’ll utilize a kick the bucket shaper to remove our felt patches. With regards to cutting unpredictable shapes (like these lovable hearts) it’s feasible to cut manually yet I favor the accuracy of a pass on shaper. I can believe the lines will be smooth and both of the elbow patches will coordinate!

Investigate the arrangement of heart molded kicks the bucket and pick which size is generally fitting for your sweater. I picked a medium estimated heart.

Then, layer your texture on top of the metal cutting plate (you can undoubtedly cut two layers of wool), then your heart molded kick the bucket on top of that with the state of the art down. Last, layer the unmistakable plate on top.

Change the strain on the bite the dust cutting machine. You want sufficient strain to ensure the bites the dust cut appropriately yet not such a lot of that the plates can’t travel through the machine. Then, line up the plates and roll them through!

In the wake of going through the machine, you’ll have two impeccably cut heart patches.

Stage 3. Pin set up

Take your heart fixes and set them set up on your sleeve. Adjust the base place of the heart with the noticeable point on the sleeve and ensure it’s arranged upward straight down the sleeve. Pin set up (make certain to just stick through one layer of the sleeve!) and eliminate your marker. Rehash the interaction for the other sleeve.

Stage 4. Arrangement your machine

Felting, or needle-punch, is a cycle of a flighty machine method since it requires no string! Along these lines, there are a couple of settings we need to ensure we deal with on our machine before we get to work.

In the first place, unthread your machine assuming it as of now has string in it. Amicable update: never get string in reverse through the machine (for example pulling your string spool off and hauling string out with it). Cut your string at the spool and get it through from the needle. It makes less build up in the machine and can forestall jams! While we’re unthreading, make certain to haul the bobbin out of the bobbin case as well.

Join the needle-punch assistant to your machine. This incorporates embedding the fitting needle, appending the finger watch, and trading out the join plate.

On our electronic machines, there are a couple of other setting changes to make before we start. Since we’ve eliminated all string from the machine, we need to switch off our string sensors for both the upper string way and the bobbin. On the off chance that we don’t turn these off, our machine will shut down each couple of fastens with an advance notice or mistake message.

The last step is to bring down your feed canines! This is a free-movement strategy so we need to ensure those are down.

Stage 5. Begin felting

We’re prepared to begin felting! Slide your sweater sleeve on to the free arm so the fix is under the needle. Begin felting in the focal point of your fix and work out to the edges.

Move your sleeve around in different bearings — I normally start with a speedy pass in straight lines to and fro to start getting the fix set up and afterward utilize little roundabout movements to truly get things down.

Try not to fear speed with this strategy! The quicker the needle moves, the more you install the fix’s strands into the sweater. Same thing goes for doing numerous disregards the fix. The more you work on it, the safer it will be!

Stage 6. Flip and felt once more

When your fix has a good sense of safety, flip the sleeve back to front and rehash the cycle felting from the posterior. In our most memorable pass, the felting needles punch the fix’s filaments down into the sweater yet this time, we’ll punch the sweater’s strands into the fix. Some might find this step pointless however I like the additional security.

Stage 7. Press/block

On the off chance that you’ve at any point weave with wool, this step might sound recognizable! In the wake of felting the fix set up, flip the sleeve right side out. Lay the sleeve on your squeezing board as wanted (smooth, level, straight and undistorted) and tenderly press with steam. This helps secure in your wool filaments and keep up with the state of the fix.

Ta-da! Comfortable goodness! Furthermore, in the event that you’re adding on to an exhausted, cherished sweater, a couple of additional years have been added to its lifetime!

Stage 8. Tidy up

Alright, I realize we said we were finished. In any case, the issue with needle felting is that it ruins your machine. At the point when you’ve wrapped up, make certain to clean out your machine especially in the bobbin region completely. When you open up the bobbin entryway, you’ll probably have wooly fluff surging out of your machine.

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