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Thread: Need a Machine for Adrian's Scout patches

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    YEAP! Arron is TIRED of having NO ONE to sew on CUB SCOUT PATCHES!!!! So as I was sewing on his Bobcat patch today; I could almost hear Cathy say What are you doing? You can't do it that way!" And I also could see her shaking her head as I did my frankenstien stitches; and that is an insult to Frank! HA HA HA!! It was NOT not good! But I got some decent ones on there till I can get a nice little one and hopefully have someone show me how to run the damn thing!!!!

    So the question is... It is either Hancock Fabrics or Jo-Ann's that has a nice little "ecconmy" one that runs about 50 bucks give or take. I was told this one would do the job just fine. Is it a decent machine or should a get a bigger one that will have more options. Keep in mind I am only doing patches and maybe a light "possible's bag" type stuff.

    HEP ME!! HEP ME!!!!! As my dad say's once in awhile.
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    Walmart has one for 79.95 that would work for you also :thumbup: Get one that has straight and zig zag stitches - if you could get us a bit more information we could help you more - even the manufacture would help greatly :lol:

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    question? do they need sewing on??? my DGDs brownie scout patches are iron on

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    Yeah they are iron on. But that glue will not stay them for long. And Adrian is like a friggin buzzsaw! OFF, FAST, and REALLY FAST! He he.

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    Walmart.com has a Brother 25 stitches for less than $90 deliver to store postage is free. I love mine. I do a lot of applique and the other stitches come in handy

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    Ok, I've shown this quilt a few times before. But this time I want to tell you that EVERY patch was sewn by me using my Elna Quilter's Dream. Don't buy a machine just to sew patches. Simply stitch just inside the satin edging using a denim needle. It worked for me and it can work for you. Save your money for more fabric, patterns, a class or just something fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adriansmom
    Yeah they are iron on. But that glue will not stay them for long. And Adrian is like a friggin buzzsaw! OFF, FAST, and REALLY FAST! He he.
    thanks.

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    Will they let you try it out? If it works get it - if not you could get something else. Otherwise have you asked someone who does alterations how much they would charge?

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    I have to say that I have tried sewing on girl scout patches with a variety of machines and can't get them to work. There is something really hard on the back of the patches. I can barely get a needle through to hand stitch them either. And, there isn't any glue that works (or that we have found). It is a real labor of love when I try to do this for my granddaughter.

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    I have a super cheap Brother (under $80) from Amazon, and it's great.

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    Ask someone in the troop. As a leader, I sewed on more than one patch for other girls. I didn't charge them anything but they usually gave me something anyway. It seems if I don't ask for something, they give me more than I would have asked for. Go figure.
    When the one girls Bridged, the patches were already sewn on because I knew the vest was coming right back to me anyway. Everyone laughed about that.

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    OH yeah right! ME with a needle!? Did you NOT see the reference to insulting Doctor Frankenstein??? HA HA HA!!!!

    Ihave asked folks and the ansers I got ranged from ONE WEEK TO THREE WEEKS just to put on a darn 2inch square patch!

    And again I am not too good with a needle and thread so I figured if I can get this figured out and learn a sewing machine then maybe I can do the sewing for the rest of the groups patches as well. Thanks for the ideas.

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    I had 3 boys and 1 girl in scouting. After I sewed everything by hand for the first one I figured there had to be a better way! I use a zigzag stitch with either a clear nylon or polyester thread in the needle and a bobbin thread that matched the article I was sewing on (brown or green usually). I don't think a cheap modern machine will do it. Either buy a vintage black Singer for $30 (not too hard to figure out if it works first) or get someone in the troop to sew them for you. I used to do it for $1/patch, payment made to the troop fund. The dry cleaning companies charge $3-5 a patch!

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    What happened to the machine Cathy received after the house fire?
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    What about using a sail needle. They are have 3 rather large sides to the point that are meant for going through tuff fabric. I use them when sewing denim. You can usually get them in one of those packs with a bunch of odd sized needles that you'll never use.


    Except maybe once

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    I have sewn on many patches (scouts, karate, you name it). A sewing machine can be useful but in the end I found I preferred the time honored method. Doing it by hand using a heavy duty needle, sturdy thread (tell the people at the sewing store what you are looking for, this is not a WalMart type thread anymore), and a pair of needle-nose pliers. My husband used to sew some on as well. The good old "stab and grab" method worked the best. You can really adjust the size of stitches that you need doing that.

    Just as an after thought. Did you realize boys outgrow those scout shirts really fast? Don't make your stitches too small. You're going to be moving them to another shirt. Ah...memories...

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    I use my regular machine too, Janome 6500. I do the same, stitch inside the satin edge. I do go very slow and set the stitch setting on 2.5 or 3. I use an old quilting needle (topstitch Schmetz 90/14) and toss it after I am done. I don't iron it on only stich it on.

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    Hmm, my mother showed me how to sew on a badge, after that I was on my own. The badges we had in the 50-60s were best stitched along the very outside edge. They had a satin/blanket stitch edge. I did mine by hand.

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    How about the Janome Sew Mini? It's a great little machine. It's usually about $49 at Hancock Fabrics. It's small and people have purchased it for traveling or to keep in their motorhome.

    One other patch sewing tip (have four girls who were/are Girl Scouts) - sew them on with clear thread in the top of your machine and then use thread to match the shirt on the bottom. It works great and the stitching doesn't show on the top so when you are sewing on round patches, just sew in a square around. I have done this for years and they look great.

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    Don't use hot glue! I hot glued on my son's patch (one that had to be reused on the boy scout uniform, don't remember which one) and boy was that a mistake! I had to hand sew it, and it was like trying to sew on a stone. I had used hand sewing, and machine sewing and was tired of redoing them. Thought that hot glue was the answer, NOT.

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    I've sewed hundreds of patches on for many people. On shirts use a heaver needle and sew inside the border, on an army blanket, I sewed them on using a Featherweigth machine. Just sew inside the embroidery.

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    scout patches don't need to be sewn on..you can use Aleene's OK to wash it glue just fine..or even a fusible webbing! THe glue works the best though!

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    As others said, make sure you use the right needle. Must be very sharp and strong. Good needles cost a bit, but if they will make your machine sew those on, you won't have to purchase another machine. Read up on needles and uses. Very important. They can make or break a project.

    It's not like in the 60's when I used one needle for everything and never changed it unless it broke, which they hardly ever did. Guess we didn't have as many different fabrics back then, and maybe the needles were made differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenette
    As others said, make sure you use the right needle. Must be very sharp and strong. Good needles cost a bit, but if they will make your machine sew those on, you won't have to purchase another machine. Read up on needles and uses. Very important. They can make or break a project.

    It's not like in the 60's when I used one needle for everything and never changed it unless it broke, which they hardly ever did. Guess we didn't have as many different fabrics back then, and maybe the needles were made differently.

    Whoopsie! I still do that (hangs head)

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    Sometimes if you iron the patch on first to soften up that glue and then sew it's much easier. I do patches for my son who is a cop. I've never had any trouble with doing them with either of my machines.

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