How to sew on badges by hand or by machine

If you want to brighten up a piece of clothing, accessory, luggage piece or even hats you could sew on badges to achieve the new look easily. Badges or patches when placed strategically can immediately replace the look of a garment or accessory and take it from boring to spunky within just a few minutes. Should you have 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 isn’t very difficult once you know how to get it done.

To do this procedure for sewing on a badge, begin with placing the badge on the place that you want it. Now secure the badge well with some pins so that it stays in place and doesn’t shift when you are sewing it on. If you happen to be putting the patch over a garment, you need to fix the patch and then try the garment on to ensure that the patch or the badge looks best suited in the place. If the patch needs a little readjustment it can be done at this stage easily.

Now thread the needle making sure that the thread you are using isn’t very long. Keep the thread within a length of approximately 18inches for quick maneuvering. If your thread is simply too long then you might get bothered by knots. Once you have 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 between your forefinger and thumb and then passing it in the eye of the needle. It’s also possible to get the aid of a needle threader if you find threading a needle 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 which you commenced stitching keeping this distance from the last stitch constantly. Continue stitching surrounding the entire perimeter of the badge until you have completely 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 and then 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 with the assistance of a sewing machine in case you don’t wish to do the same manually. Choose a thread that matched the colour of the patch and then tread your machine. You may also pick out a contrasting color depending on the look that you like to provide your badge. Once this is done you have to start sewing you badge. Take advantage of the surface of the badge for your kick off point and sew all along the edge of your badge making use of the regular stitch mode ending in your kick off point. Once done, cut any additional thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for use together with the badge.