Sew on patches are great for transforming your ordinary outfits into more detailed and distinct pieces of fashion.Greater detail also provides more distinction for garments. This is the reason why most garments, especially uniforms, contain patches to identify employees, students, soldiers, police officers, and others.
Aside from the distinction they provide, sew on patches are also great embellishments on bags, purses, coats, and other accessories. Any type of embellishments is easy to sew on into any garment. Through the aid of a needle and thread, you can attach as much accessories to your garments. Patch application is quite simple: grab a needle and thread, and start sewing.
Here are some few useful tips to make the application of patch easier and more effective.
• Make sure that your material is clean and dry. Wash your material before putting on the patch. The surface should be kept clean and dry – even for new clothing and other materials. This step is of utmost importance to reduce the shifting and bunching of the material where the patch is to be put. If the material is not washed and dried, there is a possibility for the material to shrink – especially for fabrics.
• Iron the surface where the patch is to be sewn on. To prevent tight stitches and badly-placed patch, make sure that the surface you put your patch is flat, smooth, and dry.
• Choose a well-lit room. Most people have difficulty in stitching patches on due to a poorly-lit room. Make sure that the area where you sew is bright and well-lighted. A dark room will only make it harder for you to sew your patch on.
• Strategize where to put your sew on patch. You can play with it to see where it will suit the material best. Move it around the surface – in different directions and angles – to determine the perfect spot. Once you are happy about the patch placement, put the patch in place through the use of straight pins or needles. Pinning the patch into the material will also provide greater precision for sewing.
• Choose the appropriate needle and thread. Start sewing! The first steps are for preparing the material and sew on patch. Now, you are ready to start sewing and stitching. Choose a needle that is highly appropriate for the thickness of the material and the patch used. Thicker material means larger needle to use. Wrong needle size will lead to the breakage of the needle. Basically, thread used for stitching should match the color of the patch or the material. You could also use thread with a bolder color to make the patch pop-out. The color of the thread to be used depends highly on your preference.
• The shorter the thread is, the better. Shorter thread to be used for sewing is easier to deal with. If your thread is too long, there is a tendency for the thread to get tangled and knotted.
• The greatest struggle on sewing: passing the thread through the eye of the needle. To make this task easier, cut the thread with a sharp pair of scissors to prevent any frayed ends. If this does not work, you can dampen the end of the thread.You can also purchase a needle thread to make this step easier. Pull the thread through the needle and knot the end.
• Turn the material over. When stitching, it is better to start from the back to the front side. By doing so, the knot on the thread will be hidden underneath. Sew on the patch through its outline.
• Once the sewing is completed, slip the needle at the back of the material. Create a loop and knot it to lock the stitch. Cut the excess thread and your newly-stitched patch is good to go.