If you want to liven up a garment, accessory, luggage piece or even hats you can easily sew on badges to get the fresh look easily. Badges or patches when placed strategically can immediately affect the look of a garment or accessory and take it from boring to spunky within just a few minutes. When you’ve got children and they keep earning badges of merit you wish to sew them on. However, as intimidating as it might sound, sewing on badges is quite easy when you know how you can do it.
To do this approach to sewing on a badge, start with placing the badge over the place for which you desire it. Now secure the badge well with some pins so that it stays in place and doesn’t shift when you are sewing it on. If you happen to be putting the patch on a garment, you have to fix the patch after which try the garment on to ensure that the patch or the badge looks suitable in the place. In case your patch needs a little readjustment it can be done at this stage easily.
Now thread the needle being sure that the thread you are using isn’t too long. Keep your thread on a length of approximately 18inches for simple maneuvering. If your thread is just too long then you might get bothered by knots. Once you’ve the thread ready create a knot at the end of the thread. You can actually thread a needle by hand by holding the non knotted end in between your forefinger and thumb after which passing it via the eye of your needle. You may as well take the assistance of a needle threader if you find threading a needle this way difficult.
Pass the needle in the badge as well as the fabric ensuring 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 your last stitch at all times. Continue stitching round the entire perimeter of the badge till you have completely finished stitching it all the way through. Now knot the thread on the underside of the patch by looping your thread through a single stitch. Pull the thread strongly to secure the knot after which you can cut-off any excess thread which is left. Lastly remove extra safety pins that you were using to secure the patch in position.
You may as well sew on badges with the assistance of a sewing machine if you don’t wish to accomplish the same by hand. Select a thread that matched the colour of the patch after which you can tread your machine. You may also pick out a contrasting color depending on the look that you want to provide your badge. Once this is done you have to start sewing you badge. Use the surface of the badge for your kick off point and sew all along the edge of your badge using the regular stitch mode ending in your starting point. Once done, cut the excess thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for use together with the badge.