When you wish to spice up an outfit, accessory, luggage piece or perhaps hats you could sew on badges to achieve 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. In case 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 is quite easy once you know the right way to do it.
To start off this approach to sewing on a badge, start by placing the badge in the place for which you want it. Now secure the badge well with a few pins so that it stays into position and doesn’t shift when you are sewing it on. If you happen to be putting the patch over a garment, you have to fix the patch after which you can try the garment on to be sure that the patch or the badge looks best suited in the place. If the patch needs a little readjustment it can be done at this time easily.
Now thread the needle ensuring that the thread that you are currently using isn’t very long. Keep your thread at a length of approximately 18inches for easy maneuvering. If the thread is way too long then you might get bothered by knots. Once you have the thread ready make a knot at the end of the thread. You can actually thread a needle by hand by holding the non knotted end between your forefinger and thumb after which passing it via the eye of the needle. You may as well consider the help of a needle threader if you find threading a needle like this 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 which you began stitching keeping this distance from your last stitch continually. 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 using a single stitch. Pull the thread securely to secure the knot and then cut off any excess thread that’s left. Lastly remove extra safety pins that you were using to secure the patch into position.
It’s also possible to sew on badges through the help of a sewing machine if you don’t want to do the same yourself. Select a thread that matched the colour of your patch after which you can tread your machine. It’s also possible to select a contrasting color depending on the look which you want to provide your badge. Once this is done you need to start sewing you badge. Utilize the top of the badge for your kick off point and sew all along the edge of your badge using the regular stitch mode ending at your kick off point. Once done, cut any additional thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for use with the badge.