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Ok, my fingers are raw. I HATE sewing on badges. There has got to be a
better way of sewing these suckers onto a tunic.

These badges are the kind that are embroidered and then put onto that
rubbery backing. It is just killer on needles and fingers! At this time I
have sewed on 9 of them, and have 4 more to go :-(

The smaller ones are easy enough to sew on, they are the size of a loonie or
so, but these other ones are about 4x4 inches or so. On top of that, they
are getting sewn onto sleeves. Why on earth did anyone in their right mind
decide that a sleeve, fully made and of a nice heavy wool mix fabric needed
badges !!!!!

Someone must have a trick of the trade for sewing on badges???

~KK in BC~  not looking forward to the last few of these suckers.

Oh and for those wondering, my kids are in Air Cadets and these badges are
the bragging rights they have for courses completed, ranks passed and
proficiency levels passed, and first aid and extra exercises that they have
been part of. No small feat for them to own so many badges for sure, but a
HUGE one for me to get them all sewn on to the tunics!
Here is a picture of them all in uniform and you can see a few of the badges
that they have to sew on.

The worst part is that they have all outgrown their tunic's and that is why
there is so much to sew back on. They hand you a blank tunic and say "Mom?
Please can you 'help' me with this?" and you know what 'help' means.....
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Can you use your open arm to get down the sleeve and a walking foot to go
around the badge without having to turn it?
That is how I do it.

Vikki in WA State



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~KK in BC~ wrote:
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I know you have already finished them......but an idea for next
time........Glue them on.
I use Fabri-Tac........washable, and strong as sewing.  Just don't get
it globby on the edges or it will creep out.   Ironing makes it even
more permanent.  I have used it a lot and always keep it in the sewing
room, and I really like it.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby.....but I think
the fabric stores also carry it.


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Dear Pat,

Tears came to my eyes when I looked at your kids.  You must be so
proud.  I'm with gluing them on with fabric glue.  The type I have is
for actually gluing and washing a hundred times, so it would work, and
it's clear when it's dry.  It's called Unique Stitch, and comes in a
tube with a tiny nozzle, so it's easy to control.  You can also use
Jewel It.  It's washable and dries clear, too.  For your project,
Unique Stitch would be the better, I think.  Good Luck!

Teri


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I've sewn on badges using my sewing machine without a problem. Get a
jeans or heavier needle, and use a machine with a free arm for sleeves.

-Irene


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~KK in BC~ wrote:

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There is: you get a 12 YO boy to use the zigzag stitch on the sewing
machine.
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Use a size 90 jeans needle.
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Joy sprouts...

Yup - we have just re-done all James's scout badges coz he grew...  I
don't sew badges on.  He does.  I did sew the last lot for speed as we
only got the shirt about 4 hours before he needed to wear it and had
homework to complete.  We use the sewing machine as far as possible and
hand sew the minimum.  He learned quickly that keeping the fabric out
the way was awkward, but less frustrating than unpicking and re-doing!  :)

For the few that get hand stitched we use a combination of a milliner's
needle (nice and sharp) and a needle grabber:
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OK, I'm with Kate 100%, she must have the same 'Mom Manual' I used.......I
had kids and badges and the kids sewed on their own badges. "Mom, can you
help?"  meant that I cleared what I was working on out of the way so they
could use the machine, or helped them find the proper colored thread for the
needle. First year of scouts taught scarf and shirt ironing 101. Some of
those bullet proofed backed badges taught skills in thimble wearing. By the
time the boys were 12 they proficient on a sewing machine and were mending
their own clothes as well as sewing on badges, and buttons. As I explained
to dubious males......"the sewing machine and vacuum are power tools, learn
to use them."

I always found it somewhat ironic that badges were given for learning
survival skills yet many who earned the badge can't sew the darned thing on!
Let us stop and think.....how many times, in a person's lifetime, do they
use the skills to survive in the wilderness over night and how many times,
in a person's lifetime would it behoove them to know how to wield a needle
and thread.

Val




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I had a mother with three daughters and one son - who learned to cook,
sew buttons on and clean house right along side us all through the
sixties and seventies.  I had a dad who was the oldest of three teen
boys when their mother dies, and who's father was totally useless inside
the house!  My dad had to learn the hard way how to run a house during
the war when everything was on ration.  He was very good at it, so
everything ram smoothly (if a little different!) when mum wasn't around.

Mum taught me to iron, cook, sew...  Dad taught me to press, polish
shoes, cook...  From mum came the ability to figure put technical
problems (she's from an engineering background and family), from dad
came the patience to fiddle for ours with little details (art and
history background).  All four of my generation are a good even mix from
both sides for the most parts, though there are glaring differences in
others!
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Hehehehe...  I am reminded of an ex-boyfriend of manymany years ago, who
was a surgeon's son, and who once had to sew up a 3" hole in his own leg
in order to walk out of the hills after a nasty fall.  As he said, scars
are better than dying of hypothermia.  Yorkshire can be a tough place to
have a fall...

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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~KK in BC~ wrote:

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Unless the garment is *lined*, I would un-pick the underarm seam
as close to the cuff as practicable, and use the sewing machine
with a zig-zag stitch to sew them on. If you have a walking foot
more's the better.  Re-stitch the seam and yer done!  ;-)

I have sewn badges on the sleeves of quilted jackets this way.

HTH,

Beverly



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I used to sew my scout badges on by hand using matching embroidery thread -
just catching the decorative threads on the sides of the badges and going
though the sleeve - so no heavy duty going through the badges - I didn't do
scouting as a child but did as an adult (a cub leader and collected more
than my fair share of badges by doing the European and world jamboree's)

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Jessamy
Queen of Chocolate Squishies (and Occasional Liquorice Ones)
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Hubby was a scout as a lad, and is a Queen's Scout too!  :)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen 's_Scout

He's about to get his warrant as a scout leader.  It's good to see both
him and James doing this stuff together.

After some 40 years, a few of Alan's scout badges need re-stitching...
The early ones, from before he was taught to sew them on properly by his
mum, another who didn't believe in sewing things on for him.  :)

James wants to make a camp quilt with all his cub badges, swimming
badges, camp badges and the like on it.  We may also put the judo badges
on it...  There are quite a few altogether.  I'll pin, he can sew.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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ohh I'm impressed!

yes it's good for dad's and sons to share an interest together :-)
especially when it gives one some alone time in the process hehehe.

that's a great idea! I think I would be doing sis a favour by doing the same
with her oldest - that is teaching him how to sew on a badge himself as he
too does scouting and Judo.

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Jessamy
Queen of Chocolate Squishies (and Occasional Liquorice Ones)
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Jessamy wrote:
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Hehehe - rubbish telly night!  ;)  I nearly sewed...
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Al;an doesn't do the Judo, but the Scouting is good for him.  :)  I get
roped in to plan menues for camp and recipes for camp-fire/one-pot
meals.  Fun!  :D

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Kate, we all know your one-pot recipes begin with 'Take one troll....'

Jean



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Jean D Mahavier wrote:
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You need several large trolls for a troup of scouts...

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: Ok, my fingers are raw. I HATE sewing on badges. There has got to be a
: better way of sewing these suckers onto a tunic.
:
: These badges are the kind that are embroidered and then put onto that
: rubbery backing. It is just killer on needles and fingers! At this time I
: have sewed on 9 of them, and have 4 more to go :-(
:

Well they did finally get done and all the uniforms are perfect now. I don't
usually sew them on myself, it is part of the cadet experience to learn to
sew and cook and yes my kids know how to do that plus laundry and other
household chores. This was just one of those times when there was only but a
couple hours for them to be done up for the CO Parade (spit polished and all
put together) so I did the deed.

I loved all the suggestions! I cannot glue them to the tunics however since
they are all handed back in when they are outgrown and the next cadet to get
that tunic may not be of the same rank and for sure will not have all the
same badges to cover the glue spots. It was tempting though!!

I loved the idea of pulling the seam and opening the sleeve! Now next time
one of them out grows their tunic that quite possibly will be the way to get
them suckers on there quick and easy!

I tried to even just catch the embroidered edges to save my fingers (I don't
have a thimble) but whatever they used for the rubber backing has soaked
through it all and I could only catch about 3 threads each time. Not enough
for secure badging. These things hit the wash every second week for 10
months so they have to be durable.

Thanks so much for all your suggestions and comments. They are filed in my
binder by my sewing machine under
rukinfrukinshmuckinnexttimedoityourselfcadet badge sewing tips.
~KK in BC~ going to buy a thimble.




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~KK in BC~ wrote:
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Eeeeyup!  Been there, done that, have the T-shirt!  I'm glad you
like the idea, maybe it'll save you some frustration *next* time.
;-)

Beverly



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~KK in BC~ wrote:

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Hehehehehe...  Maybe I should borrow that folder label...

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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KK in BC~ wrote:
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The rubbery backing is iron-on glue, I believe.

Agree with Kate: teach the kids to do it. Then they can earn a badge
for sewing!

--Karen D.


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me three. In Scouts they teach, "never do for a boy what he can do for
himself".



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