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Hi,
DH has a jacket that he has worn a hole in the elbow.  I wan't to sew
some patches on the jacket (perfect since he is a professor).

Can anyone point me to some nice, long lasting patches and also
instructions for sewing them on? Do I whip stich over the sides or do a
running stitch or something else?

Thanks.
babel


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JoAnn's carries leather elbow patches - usually hanging on the notions
wall.  IIRC, they have holes round the edge for you to sew in.  You may
whip stitch or blanket stitch or whatever you think will look
appropriate for that particular garment.  If they no longer have the
stitching holes in, you will need  strong needle and a good heavy
thimble or even a "sailor's palm".

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans

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When I sew on reflective tape, I punch holes with an awl -- or with
the sewing machine, if I want them close together -- then use whatever
needle is suited to the thread I'm using.  

I seriously *don't* recommend the three-cornered leather needle.  If
you aren't an expert, the sharp edges do a lot of damage.  Far better
to pre-punch with an awl than to cut holes in your jacket.  

For the professorial look, I'd use saddle stitch -- which is what you
call running stitch worked through pre-punched holes.  This is also
the quickest stitch to work.  If you prefer a solid line, you can go
around twice.

Or you might like the looks of a slanted stitch made by coming up in
the holes and going down just outside the patch halfway between holes.

Joy Beeson
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John Lewis have them in several colours in their haberdashery department.

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