How to sew on badges by hand or by machine

If you would like to liven up a piece of clothing, accessory, luggage piece or even hats you can sew on badges to obtain the new 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 just a few minutes. If you've got children and they keep earning badges of merit you wish to sew them on. However, as intimidating as it might sound, sewing on badges is quite easy when you know how you can get it done.

To do this process of sewing on a badge, begin by placing the badge to the place where you want it. Now secure the badge well with pins so that it stays into position and doesn't shift when you're sewing it on. So if you're putting the patch on a garment, you ought to fix the patch after which you can try the garment on to make certain that the patch or the badge looks most suitable in the place. If the patch needs a little readjustment it can be done at this point easily.

Now thread the needle ensuring that the thread that you're using isn't too long. Maintain the thread within a length of approximately 18inches for easy maneuvering. If the dog transfers 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 actually thread a needle yourself by holding the non knotted end in between your forefinger and thumb after which passing it through the eye of the needle. It's also possible to get the assistance of a needle threader if you find threading a needle in this way difficult.

Pass the needle through the badge as well as 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 where you began 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 using a single stitch. Pull the thread strongly to secure the knot after which you can cut off any excess thread which is left. Lastly remove the excess safety pins that you were using to secure the patch in place.

It's also possible to sew on badges by using a sewing machine in case you don't wish to accomplish the same by hand. Decide on a thread that matched the colour of your patch after which you can tread your machine. You could also decide on a contrasting color depending on the look which you want to provide your badge. Once this is successfully done you need to start sewing you badge. Take advantage of the top of the badge for your starting point and sew all along the edge of your badge using the regular stitch mode ending in your kick off point. Once done, cut the excess thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for use together with the badge.