Learn how to sew on badges by hand or by machine

When you want to brighten up an outfit, accessory, luggage piece or even hats you can easily sew on badges to achieve 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 in a matter of minutes. If you've got children and they keep earning badges of merit you would like to sew them on. However, as intimidating as it might sound, sewing on badges is quite easy when you know the right way to do it.

To do this approach to sewing on a badge, begin by placing the badge to the place that you want it to be. Now secure the badge well with pins in order that it stays in place and doesn't shift while you're sewing it on. Now if you're putting the patch on a garment, you must fix the patch after which try the garment on to make certain that the patch or the badge looks most suitable in the place. In case your patch requires a little readjustment it can be done at this point easily.

Now thread the needle making sure that the thread that you're using isn't too long. Keep your thread in a length of approximately 18inches for quick maneuvering. If your thread is way 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 thread a needle manually by holding the non knotted end between your forefinger and thumb after which passing it through the eye of the needle. You may also take the aid of a needle threader if you find threading a needle in such a manner difficult.

Pass the needle in the badge and also 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 began stitching keeping this distance from your last stitch at all times. Continue stitching surrounding the entire perimeter of the badge until you have 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 tightly to secure the knot after which you can cut off any excess thread that is left. Lastly remove the excess safety pins that you were using to secure the patch in position.

You can also sew on badges with the aid of a sewing machine if you don't wish to do the same yourself. Pick a thread that matched the color of your patch after which you can tread your machine. It's also possible to pick out a contrasting color depending on the look that you'd like to give your badge. Once this is done you ought to start sewing you badge. Take advantage of the top of the badge as your starting place and sew all across the edge of your badge using the regular stitch mode ending in your kick off point. Once done, cut the extra thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for use together with the badge.