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Whether for military, public service, a job, or a scout troop, many of us wear uniforms with patches as insignia. This article describes how to sew a patch onto a uniform by hand using a a needle and thread. It may be easier for people who don't sew to use iron-on fusing tape and iron it on instead - see related wikiHow.
- Get a sewing needle and thread that is either the color of the uniform or the color of the edge of the patch.
- Position the patch where you want to it go.
- Try on the uniform with the patch held on with a safety pin to be sure it is positioned correctly.
- Use a safety pin or straight pin to hold the patch on where you want it to go.
- Cut a piece of thread. If you are not very familiar with sewing, start with a piece of thread no longer than 18 inches. Longer pieces tend to get tangled and are harder to work with than shorter ones.
- Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread.
- Put the needle through the uniform under the patch to start the first stitch (so that the ends of the thread that are beyond the knot will be hidden under the patch and not stick out.)
- Stick the needle back up through the uniform and catch the edge of the patch with the needle. Put the needle back through the uniform about 1/4" away. You have made your first stitch! It gets easier from here!
- Continue stitching the patch to the uniform all the way around the edge of the patch. Remove the pins.
- When you have sewn all the way around the edge of the patch, knot the thread and pull the needle through between the patch and the uniform. Cut the ends of the thread beyond the knot to about 1/2" long. Tuck them under the patch.
- All done!
- Look for an inexpensive needle threader. They may be available with the needle or in the same section at the store. If you cannot see the eye in needle well, a needle threader can be a big help.
- If it is hard to press the needle through the entire thickness of the patch and the uniform, use a thimble to protect your fingers.
- Teach your boy scout or girl scout to sew his or her own patches when they're old enough. It is a useful skill to know and similar to sewing on a button. Plus, it gives them a chance to learn the details of their uniforms and take pride in the badges they have earned.
- Patches that are sewn on may last longer than patches that are ironed on, especially if the uniform is washed frequently or sees heavy wear.
- It may be easier to use iron-on fusing tape to attach the patch instead of sewing it on (see related wikiHow).
- Many organizations are now producing patches that are made to be ironed on, so you may want check for this feature before sewing the patch on by hand.
Things You'll Need
- Thread in color or uniform or edge of patch
- sewing needle
- 1 or 2 straight pins or safety pins
- needle threader
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