If you would like to brighten up a garment, accessory, luggage piece or even hats you can easily sew on badges to get the new look easily. Badges or patches when placed strategically can immediately alter the look of a garment or accessory and take it from boring to spunky in just a few minutes. When you’ve got children and they keep earning badges of merit you would want to sew them on. However, as intimidating as it might sound, sewing on badges isn’t very difficult when you know how to get it done.
To do this process of sewing on a badge, start by placing the badge on the place where you want it. Now secure the badge well with pins so it stays in place and doesn’t shift while you’re sewing it on. So if you are putting the patch over a garment, you must fix the patch and after that try the garment on to ensure that the patch or the badge looks right in the place. If the patch requires a little readjustment you can do it at this time easily.
Now thread the needle being sure that the thread that you are using isn’t too long. Keep the thread at a length of approximately 18inches for easy maneuvering. If your thread is way too long then you might get bothered by knots. Once you’ve the thread ready make a knot at the end of the thread. You can thread a needle yourself by holding the non knotted end between your forefinger and thumb and then passing it through the eye of your needle. You may as well consider the help of a needle threader if you find threading a needle in such a manner difficult.
Pass the needle in the badge and the fabric being sure that the knot is on the wrong side of the patch. Leave a space of 1/8th of an inch from where you started stitching keeping this distance from the last stitch at all times. Continue stitching surrounding the entire perimeter of the badge till you have completed stitching it all the way through. Now knot the thread on the underside of the patch by looping your thread using a single stitch. Pull the thread securely to secure the knot after which you can cut off any excess thread that is left. Lastly remove extra safety pins that you were using to secure the patch into position.
It’s also possible to sew on badges with the assistance of a sewing machine if you don’t want to do the same manually. Pick a thread that matched the color of the patch and then tread your machine. You could also decide on a contrasting color with regards to the look that you like to present your badge. Once this is successfully done you have to start sewing you badge. Take advantage of the surface of the badge for your kick off point and sew all along the edge of your badge utilizing the regular stitch mode ending at your kick off point. Once done, cut the extra thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready to be utilized with the badge.