How to Sew on a Patch with a Sewing Machine
Patches are a great way to add embellishment to your garment, as well as cover up holes and tears and spruce up that trouser, uniform, or jacket. Using the numerous videos and tutorials available online, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Sewing a decorative patch
Patches can easily be added to your garment, though patching a scouts badge differs from patching a pair of jeans.
1. Decide on the location
Sewing a patch on a garment should be done right side out, as this will give you a better idea of how the final product will look. You can sew the patch on the back of a jacket, or on the front of a pair of trousers over the thigh region.
2. Pin the patch
To keep it in place, use fabric pins or glue; you can also improvise with old, heavy fabrics like jeans and denim that you no longer need; use store-bought patches or make your own if you don’t have any.
3. Get your sewing machine ready
You’ll need a heavy-duty needle for this project, as well as thread that’s the right kind and color for the job (the color of thread should match the outer edge of your patch). This will save you the heartache of dealing with a broken needle.
4. Set the machine to zigzag stitch
This is the best and most recommended stitch for sewing patches with a sewing machine: reduce the length and width of the stitch to the smallest size possible, ensuring that the thread goes over and through the patch without getting stuck in the fabric.
5. Sew the edges
Go over the edges of the patch one more time with the zigzag stitches to secure it in place. When it comes out of the oven after being sewn on an angle grinder, the end result will look clean and satisfying.
Sewing a patch over a hole or tear
You will be able to repair torn and worn-out clothes yourself using this technique, which will not cost you a dime and will take only a few minutes. The fact remains that you will enjoy the outcome as much as you will have to work hard for it.
1. Get the correct patch
The patch should match the garment you’re repairing; you don’t need a new patch for this project, but you can still get one from a fabric store; use old fabric or make do with what’s on sale in your local shop.
2. Prepare the hole or tear
Cutting out loose or frayed edges from the fabric and nipping them away with fabric scissors is part of the site preparation.
3. Cut the patch
Consider the shape of the patch and the hole – it should be the same size for both men and women. It should be about 1 inch larger than the actual hole to allow for sewing allowance.
4. Pin your patch
You can also use double sided tape or fabric glue to secure the patch, which should be applied inside out at a 20cm (9in) angle.
5. Sew the patch
Sew around the edges with a straight stitch, going over the edge of the patch several times to secure it. Use matching thread or invisible thread when threading your machine, and the needle should be the right gauge for the fabric you’re sewing.
Is it better to sew or iron on a patch?
Sew on patches are also great because they give the garment on which the patch is attached more flexibility. For example, if you don’t want your patch to be stiff, you can have the iron on backing removed and the patch can flow a little with the fabric once it’s sewn on.
What Stitch is best for patches?
Return the needle to the uniform about 1/4″ (6mm) from where it was taken out.
- A straight stitch is not only the easiest but also the quickest way to sew a patch on, and it is also the least visible stitch.
How do you put patches on without sewing?
Even if the patch isn’t iron-on, you might be able to attach it to your jacket without sewing if you use fabric glue. Most fabric glue is a simple application; apply it to the back of the patch and then stick it to the jacket.
What kind of needle do you use to sew patches?
Tips for Sewing Uniform Patches: On your sewing machine, use a larger sewing needle u2013 one designed for heavy-weight fabrics, such as a 90/14.
How much does it cost to sew on a patch?
Sewing on Patches In general, a seamstress should charge at least $3 per patch, but even that isn’t enough; this type of sewing necessitates extreme precision, so extra effort is required; up to $10 is a reasonable price if we use a sewing machine.
What’s the difference between iron on and sew on patches?
The iron on patch has a layer of glue on the back side, whereas the sew on patch is usually a simple embroidered patch made of fabric and thread. An iron on patch will have a cloudy appearance, whereas the sew on patch will simply look like fabric.
Can dry cleaners sew on patches?
Dry cleaners often have an ‘alterations’ section to do that, but they won’t sew or fix clothing without your permission/input, and depending on what needs to be done, they may refuse to do it.
How do you sew a patch on stretchy fabric?
This easy sew-on patch method is the best and easiest way to fix a hole in spandex. Take the spare spandex material and cut out a patch that’s around 14 inch bigger in diameter than the hole. Place the patch over the hole and pin in place. Sew the patch in place with a zig-zag stitch.