Embordering Jean Patches




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Using recycle jean material to make one-of-a-kind patches.

embordery machine
pair of old jeans
embordery thread
funny sayings or designs

Step 1: Setting Up Embordering Hoop

I have a brother SE -400. It is good for small projects.
1. Cut the jean material into the size you want and a tear away sheet.
2. Place the the tear away sheet on the bottom part of the hoop. Then the jean material.
3. Last the top piece of the hoop.
4. Snap hoop into place with the fabric and tear away sheet. Fabric should be taunt in the hoop.
5. Adjust by tightening hoop
6. Lift footer and slide hoop under needle.
7. Snap into machine.
8. Hoop and material are ready to be embordered.

Step 2: Programing Machine

In this step the pictures show how I programed the design on my patch. my machine is smaller and can only do certain sizes. Each embordery machine has different steps on how to complete this task.
1. programed first word.
2. Adjusted
3. Layout
4. move up. down. left or right depending on your design.
5. shows the position I like
6. programed and ready. just press start button.
7-12. doing the same steps as 1-6 for each word on my patch.
13. other stich designs I could use as a boarder around patch.

Step 3: Choosing Thread

1. Using embroidery thread from brothers company the design possibilities are endless.
2. Teal
3. Gray

Step 4: Embordering the Patch Design

Pictures 1-11 show the machine completing the program designs I had shown you in step 3.

Step 5: Removing Embroidery Hoop

Once machine stops. Unhook hoop from the machine and snap the hoop open and take out patch.
1. Back of patch with tear away.
2. Rip backing off.
3. Back of Patch after tear away sheet has been removed.

Step 6: Finished Patches

Cut patches to your desired size. They are ready to be sewn on to other items.

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Something that might help for your patches is an iron on backing that you remove the paper from it and you can just iron the patch on, I personally haven't gotten the chance to try it yet so I'm not sure just how well it works.

    It's amazing all the things that can be done with embroidery machines, I have the Brother innovis 4000D (I'd like to upgrade the innovis 1250 to a multiple needle machine since the 4000D has me spoiled lol) and I love being able to design stuff on screen.

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    I forgot to mention, there's a pen out that you can erase off of fabric by using your iron, it's great for placement on items! They're called FriXion and they're put out by Pilot, I highly recommend them!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, cool!

    I have the same machine. I use software to design my "gamer" patches, then dump the files to the machine memory via USB. You can see one of my creations is used as my avatar, inspired by "Blade Runner".

    I see you have more patience than I do. I don't quite have it in me to figure out how to program directly from the machine's panel (too tedious).

    Thanks for posting this Instructable.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, Thanks for looking, I like the Brother Se 400 but want something bigger. You are right about having patience....the hoop is small for a lot of designs I want to do.