How to sew on badges manually or by machine

When you'd like to decorate a garment, accessory, luggage piece or perhaps hats you can sew on badges to obtain 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. 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 isn't very difficult once you know how to get it done.

To begin this process of sewing on a badge, begin by placing the badge on the place for which you want it. Now secure the badge well with some pins so that it stays in place and doesn't shift when you're sewing it on. If you're putting the patch on a garment, you have to fix the patch after which try the garment on to ensure that the patch or the badge looks right in the place. In case your patch requires a little readjustment you can accomplish it at this stage easily.

Now thread the needle ensuring that the thread you are using isn't very long. Maintain the thread on a length of approximately 18inches for quick maneuvering. In case your thread is just too long then you might get bothered by knots. When you have the thread ready make 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 and then passing it in the eye of the needle. You can also get the aid of a needle threader if you find threading a needle in this way 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 started stitching keeping this distance from your last stitch constantly. 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 by using a single stitch. Pull the thread tightly to secure the knot and then cut-off any excess thread that is left. Lastly take off the extra safety pins that you were using to secure the patch in place.

You can also sew on badges with the aid of a sewing machine in case you don't want to do the same yourself. Choose a thread that matched the colour of the patch and then tread your machine. You could also choose a contrasting color depending on the look that you like to present your badge. Once this is accomplished you should start sewing you badge. Take advantage of the top of the badge for your starting place and sew all along the edge of your badge using the regular stitch mode ending at your starting position. Once done, cut the extra thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready to be used together with the badge.