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Old 10-04-2012, 10:17 AM   #11
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

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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.
Thanks Do you use a straight stitch or zig zag? Also do you match bobbin thread to vest color?



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Old 10-04-2012, 05:30 PM   #12
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

I use a straight stitch - because that is what my 60 year old Singer 99K handcrank has. Over here the girls use sashes, rather than vests, and I generally match the bobbin thread to the colour of the sash - though it doesn't really matter as it is not visible when being worn.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:59 AM   #13
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Just FYI as a non crafty person who longs to be I gave up on trying to sew my ds's cubs out patches on & the scouting store sells badge magic cut/trace/stick/put in dryer. Works great so far but at $9/sheet might take quite a few $'s depending on how many girls there are. Good luck wherever you decide to do!

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:18 AM   #14
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:27 AM   #15
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

Girl scout patches are half ad half (sew on and iron on). I hate that but I guess boy scouts were the same as mom told me. I wish they were all one. Iron on are hare to hand stitch yet they fall off easy. My mom tried to match the outer color of the patch with thread she had. I have had to have my mom help with some since I can't sew as well or as close as the patches need to be and she knows how to use machine . I think just a heavy duty needle and the color of thread to match would work. I would only worry about the top thread mainly.

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Iron them on first. I know it doesn't hold but it will long enough to sew. Otherwise they shift too much. If you can't iron them on (fun patches for the back), staple first. It helps when sewing. Then I just find matching thread and sew around the outer edge. The worst ones to sew are the fun patches since they are usually odd shape. I usually just tack those down in 5-6 places instead of sewing them down completely.

For their bridging patches, do not iron them down. Staple and sew. Reason you have to remove them for the next level. There are others that carry from level to level but that is not until juniors.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:37 AM   #17
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

When I was in scouts, I just hand sewed my own patches on. Maybe you could take one meeting to show the girls how to do it themselves? It would save you and the other moms a lot of work, and teach the girls a valuable life skill.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:22 AM   #18
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Re: My daughter joined Girl Scouts and I got volunteered

I just sewed my sons Boy scout patches onto his uniform. There was already a patch pre-sewn on so I did it the same way. Used colored thread that matched the patch and used a straight stitch. Had no problems at all with the larger patches, but the pack number, which was 4 small number patches, was a bit of a pain. I ended up using tape as another poster mentioned to hold into place and then tore the tape off afterward. I do like the staple idea that another poster here mentioned too! They did have the badge magic sheets there, but I figured I would save the $9 for a sheet. The woman helping me at the store said that you can iron on the patches and they will stay for approximately 5 washes. (She said she had a dad call up very unhappy when the patches started falling off because he thought they ironed on permanently.) If I didn't hate using an iron so much it would have made sense to iron on the patch first to keep it in place and then sew it on.

Oh, and like the pp mentioned the woman at the Scout store said that it is better to sew on than use the badge magic sheets because it is easier to remove a badge that was sewn on.

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