How to sew on badges by hand or by machine

 

When you want to brighten up a piece of clothing, 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 a matter of minutes. If you have 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 do it.

To do this process of sewing on a badge, start by placing the badge over the place in which you want it. Now secure the badge well with pins in order that it stays in place and doesn’t shift while you’re sewing it on. If you happen to be putting the patch on a garment, you need to fix the patch and then try the garment on to be sure that the patch or the badge looks best suited in the place. If your patch requires a little readjustment you can do it at this time easily.

Now thread the needle making sure that the thread that you’re using isn’t very long. Keep your thread in a length of approximately 18inches for easy maneuvering. In case your thread is simply too long then you might get bothered by knots. When you’ve the thread ready make a knot at the end of the thread. You can thread a needle manually by holding the non knotted end in between your forefinger and thumb after which passing it through the eye of the needle. You can also get the help of a needle threader if you find threading a needle in this way difficult.

 

Pass the needle through the badge and also the fabric making sure that the knot is on the wrong side of the patch. Leave a space of 1/8th of an inch from where you began stitching keeping this distance from your last stitch all the time. Continue stitching around the entire perimeter of the badge until 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 cut off any excess thread that is left. Lastly take off extra safety pins that you were using to secure the patch in position.

It’s also possible to sew on badges with the help of a sewing machine in case you don’t wish to accomplish the same yourself. Choose a thread that matched the color of your patch and then tread your machine. You may as well choose a contrasting color with regards to the look that you’d like to present your badge. Once this is achieved you need to start sewing you badge. Utilize the surface of the badge as your starting place and sew all across the edge of your badge making use of the regular stitch mode ending at your beginning point. Once done, cut the extra thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready to be used with the badge.