Secondly, I had a request from one of our Facebook friends, Jill, who needed to know how to sew on a patch without it coming out in the wash. So, I decided to have a hunt around, read through some of my sewing books, scour the forums and ask my sewing buddies, for tips and tricks and handy hints.
Here’s what I compiled:
- Iron on patches don’t really work. Not if you’re going to wash an item a lot, and especially not if they’re on something a kid will wear or use. Always sew on patches, even the iron on ones.
- Iron on the patch first to secure it in place before sewing (unless it is a leather item that is, see next point for why…)
- Iron on a patch to leather and you’ll just ruin the item. It won’t stick and it certainly won’t look good. Instead, secure the patch in place with spray mount or a tiny touch of super glue before stitching.
- Always use a strong, sharp needle when sewing on a patch. Not only will it avoid unsightly big holes where you stitch, but it will make the job a lot quicker and less stressful!
- Try to sew on a patch using the same colour thread as the background/bit of the patch you’re stitching on. Unless you like the contrast look of course.
- If you have a sewing machine – use it! You’ll achieve much tighter, longer lasting stitches. If you don’t mind the look of it and your patch isn’t too small, use a tight zig zag stitch for a really secure patch.
- When machine sewing a patch on, make sure you reverse stitch over the start and end point to ensure that the threads don’t come loose at these points.
- Try not to sew over a pocket when machine stitching, as you’ll end up sewing it up and you won’t be able to use it. If you want to sew a patch on the pocket, best to hand stitch.
- If hand stitching a patch on, take your time and use a back stitch for extra secure stitching (running stitch doesn’t seem to hold the patch as tightly to the garment).
- Always sew the patch as close to the edge as possible, this will ensure that the edges don’t turn up and pull away from the garment as easily or as much.
- Wash garments with patches on, on a gentle/delicate wash. That way the item won’t be chucked about too much causing the patch to come away from the garment.