If you would like to liven up a piece of clothing, accessory, luggage piece or even hats you could sew on badges to have the new look easily. Badges or patches when placed strategically can immediately change the look of a garment or accessory and take it from boring to spunky in just a few 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 is quite easy when you know the way to do it.
To do this process of sewing on a badge, start with placing the badge over the place where you want it. Now secure the badge well with some pins to ensure that it stays in place and doesn’t shift when you’re sewing it on. So if you happen to be putting the patch on a garment, you must fix the patch after which you can try the garment on to be sure that the patch or the badge looks suitable 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 you are using isn’t very long. Keep your thread at a length of approximately 18inches for simple maneuvering. If your thread is simply too long then you might get bothered by knots. When you have the thread ready create a knot at the end of the thread. You can thread a needle yourself by holding the non knotted end in between your forefinger and thumb and then passing it via the eye of your needle. You may also take the help of a needle threader if you find threading a needle in this manner difficult.
Pass the needle in the badge and also 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 which you started stitching keeping this distance from your last stitch constantly. Continue stitching round the entire perimeter of the badge till you have finished stitching it all the way through. Now knot the thread on the underside of the patch by looping your thread by using a single stitch. Pull the thread tightly to secure the knot after which cut off any excess thread that’s left. Lastly remove the excess safety pins that you were using to secure the patch in place.
You can also sew on badges with the assistance of a sewing machine if you don’t wish to do the same yourself. Choose a thread that matched the hue of the patch and then tread your machine. You can also pick a contrasting color with regards to the look which you want to provide your badge. Once this is achieved you have to start sewing you badge. Use the top of the badge for your starting point and sew all along the edge of your badge utilizing the regular stitch mode ending in your start line. Once done, cut any additional thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for use with the badge.