ImagesMagUK_June_2023 JUNE 2023 images 69 TIPS & TECHNIQUES Want to create a badge that looks like it’s been finished with a merrow border? Dominic Bunce of embroidery digitiser David Sharp shows you how to mimic overlocking without the need for an overlocking machine Overlocking without investing Last month we looked at how to create badges using ‘B’ Film. This issue, we’ll take you through the steps needed to create a badge with a neat, overlocked-style (also known as ‘merrow’) border using an embroidery machine and some creative digitising – saving you the pain of investing in an overlocking machine before you are ready for one. These faux-overlooked badges can be applied directly to garments, using an appliqué fabric cut as the base material, Figure 1 Figure 2 or be fully stitched on to the garment. Alternatively, it can be stitched onto cotton twill then cut out for a finished, standalone badge. All of these methods produce a finished look of a traditional overlocked badge with a merrow border. Digitising the border When digitising in Wilcom, our settings are as follows, and can be mimicked for almost any shape: In the ‘Single Motif’ set, select the style type ‘Arrow07’ [see figure 1]. The size should be set to 2mm by 1.6mm, with spacing at 2mm. The custom border is then made using individual triangle shapes [see figure 2]. The triangles have been elongated in shape, and are approximately 4mm by 2.5mm in size. Stitching out For standalone badges, the design is simply stitched onto polyester twill. Once finished, it can be cut by hand, laser or a hot knife to remove the badge from the remaining material. When cutting by hand, ensure you use polyester threads – this means you can use a naked flame, such as a lighter, to clean up the edge without burning the thread. You can also use a hot knife to run around the edge of the satin border to produce a clean finish. We recommend finishing them using a heat seal film such as the HSF-5256 from Madeira. This means the badge can then be heat applied to garments for adhesion, perfect for reselling just the badge to customers. Direct to garment To embroider a badge with a fauxoverlocked edge directly onto garments, cut some polyester material to the shape of the satin border – its outer edge should meet the centre of the border to ensure the polyester does not push outside of the faux-overlocked effect. This is just like a standard appliqué technique: 1. Positioning line Run stitch guide, showing where to position the material, followed by a machine stop. 2. Apply fabric Once the guide is done, spray some temporary spray mount onto the rear of your material, and position within the run stitches. 3. Zigzag pinning stitch & border Start the machine back up; it will lay down a zigzag pinning stitch to hold the material in place, followed by the faux-merrow border, which finishes the edging to give it a traditional badge look. 4. Finished piece The rest of the embroidery will then be stitched, giving the finished look. Want to try for yourself? You can download a test file free of charge from Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4