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Old 10-03-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

to sew patches on since I'm the only who has sewing machine and knows how to work it.

I have NEVER sewn patches on, can anyone please give me some tips and/or advice? Even a walk through would be great. Can I use a regular straight stitch and just follow the patch?

I did some googling and someone suggested clear thread, is it hard to work with?

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Old 10-03-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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Hmm dunno if this helps but my mom is an amazing seamstress, she always tried to match the thread to the patch and just follow the pattern as you've mentioned
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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I've sewn on my husband's patches for his cammies but had to use colored thread. I just dove right in, it wasn't difficult.

I have used clear threads with no problem. It's similar enough to regular thread. Try using some adhesive spray (quilting section) to keep the patches in place while you sew. It would be easier than pins I think. Depending on how thick your patches are you may need a needle for leather or something similar - I'm sure their is a correct name.

And, lastly, hand the other moms a sewing needle and thread, they can help still by sewing by hand. Lol.

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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

You need to get Heavy Duty needles ( http://www.joann.com/singer-heavy-du...prd_10026227a/ ) and it will be no problem! I've done tons of patches and not had an issue. I do match the thread to the patch and that helps hide the sewing. Good luck!
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

i've used the clear thread to sew on patches before, and i probably won't do it again. it's basically monofilament (fishing line). use a glue stick or fabric glue to stick the patches on, then sew after it's dry
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

I think they are now iron on patches
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I think they are now iron on patches
They are, but they don't hold.

please excuse craziness - I am on my phone
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Thank you all mamas! I will have to try and match threads

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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

I match the thread to the edge stitching and use a wide zigzag over the edging, that keeps the edge clean and flat.
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

I take a hand crank sewing machine into the meeting and get the girls to sew on their own badges. They LOVE it!

I match the thread to the patch where possible. When not possible, grey tends to blend in fairly well. Another alternative to gluing the patch in place while sewing is to tape it in place using masking tape. The tape pulls off very easily after sewing.

Final tip - use a fairly long stitch and make sure to overlap the start and end stitching several stitches to keep it well secured but also able to reasonably easily remove later.
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