How to sew on badges by hand or by machine

When you wish to decorate a garment, accessory, luggage piece or even hats you could sew on badges to achieve the fresh 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 within 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 how to get it done.

To do this procedure of sewing on a badge, start by placing the badge to the place in which you desire it. Now secure the badge well with a few pins so it stays in place and doesn’t shift when you’re sewing it on. Now if you are putting the patch over a garment, you ought to fix the patch and then try the garment on to be certain that the patch or the badge looks suitable in the place. If the patch requires 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 within a length of approximately 18inches for simple maneuvering. If the thread is too long then you might get bothered by knots. When you’ve 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 in the eye of your needle. You may as well take the help of a needle threader if you find threading a needle in such a manner 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 the last stitch continually. Continue stitching surrounding 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 through a single stitch. Pull the thread strongly to secure the knot after which you can cut off any excess thread that is left. Lastly remove the extra safety pins that you were using to secure the patch into position.

You may as well sew on badges through the help of a sewing machine if you don’t want to do the same manually. Pick a thread that matched the hue of the patch and then tread your machine. You can also pick out a contrasting color depending on the look that you want to provide your badge. Once this is achieved you have to start sewing you badge. Utilize the surface of the badge as your starting point and sew all across the edge of your badge utilizing the regular stitch mode ending at your starting point. Once done, cut the extra thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for usage with the badge.