Reverse appliqué

The reverse appliqué differs from the classic one which is sewn over the garment, because it appears from below the fabric or garment to be decorated.

With this technique you can get multiple effects and you can easily play with transparencies. You can create inlays of lace or of fabric of any texture.

How is the reverse embroidered appliqué created?

You have to think in the opposite way to the classic application, that is, first the application is fixed and cut and then the base garment / fabric is laid and cut.


Here is an example of a sequence of operations:

1- place the fabric that will appear in the inlay on the support material

2- sew the the inlay material (eg lace)

3- cut with the laser bridge

4- lay down the fabric or garment and make another boundary sew

5- cut the fabric inside the seam, taking care not to damage the underlying material.

You can apply this decorative technique to any fabric and leather material.

In the case of genuine leather or non-homogeneous materials, we advice to protect the underlying material. You can place a sheet of aluminum or aluminum coupled with paper, between the base material (negative application) and the overlying material to be cut.

For a cleaner tear, we recommend making on the protective state, a seam with a very short stitch and slightly larger than the cut that will be performed later.

After sewing and before laying the top fabric, the protective part outside the cut must be removed. After cutting the inlay, it will be very easy to remove the remaining protection, because it will have been “sawn” from the short embroidery stitches.

The technique is refined. It requires a minimum of care in finding the cutting parameters suitable for the materials to be cut.

GMI staff can give the necessary support to quickly obtain excellent results. Click here.

GMI Academy: embroidery laser decoration

New section: techniques (and tricks) of laser embroidery decoration

Today we inaugurate a new section that will illustrate the laser embroidery decoration techniques. In particular, we will focus on those that can be made with a laser bridge cutting system installed on embroidery machines.

Our aim is to make an overview of possible processes that can be carried out with a GMI laser bridge system. We will give you ideas to create unique embroideries with great added value. We will reveal some small “tricks” to get optimal results and we will show photos of works made with the GMI Moda Laserbridge system.

We will talk about different laser embroidery decoration techniques, like:

  • embroidered appliqué,
  • laser cutting
  • laser etching
  • photographic engraving
  • bleaching
  • embossing/debossing effects
  • laser cutting of natural leather and much more.

Each month, we will publish a new article that will introduce a laser embroidery technique with related photos or videos.

Beyond the information you can read in our articles, any time our customers can ask for the support to our team of technicians and experts.

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Finally, we leave you with a small gallery of laser embroidery processes taken from our archives. Some are now 20 years old but still amaze many embroiderers.

embroidery laser

In this regard, we would like to thank the embroiderers who from the beginning believed in the vision of Arrigo Battiston. He is the owner of GMI and creator, in 2000, of the first laser bridge cutting system for embroidery machines.