OK. So I admit that trying to figure out how to permanently attach scout badges to garments is not one of the world’s most urgent problems, but if you’re looking at a pile of badges and your child is supposed to have his or her uniform ready for the local Memorial Day Parade, it becomes an unwelcome stress in your life.
Let’s back up for those who live outside of the US and have no idea what I’m talking about. We have these organizations called Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts etc in which children join and become part of a troop. The troop does various activities such as camping, science experiments, charitable works and entrepreneurial activities for which they earn embroidered badges. These badges are supposed to be attached to shirts or vests that the children need to wear to school, meetings, parades and various occasions in the community. The problem is that the badges have an iron-on adhesive on them that doesn’t work yet makes them so stiff that hand sewing them on breaks needles and is really tiring on your hands. To complicate matters further, the badges are irregularly shaped and each one a different color which makes machine sewing challenging as well. When our veteran troop leader says that she’s never found an adhesive that works for long, I believe her.
So here’s the prize-winning combination: invisible thread and dropping the feed dogs on your sewing machine! We were given a spool of .004mm invisible nylon thread and it works great on the badges.
Here’s the drill:
Pin the badges in place. Attach the embroidery foot to your machine. Use the invisible thread for both the top thread and the bobbin. Then, be sure to thread the bobbin thread through the little hole on the tip of the finger of the bobbin. Got that? Then you’ll want to drop your feed dogs (not all machines have this feature) and carefully sew all the way around the edges of the badge. Finish up by doing a couple of small stitches in place before you cut the thread and move on to the other 15 that need to be attached.
Gotta go—Tim Geithner’s on line 1…