Re: sewing on patches (was Ind. Living MB)
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 19 Apr 1994 11:24:02 CST
Several years ago at a Blue and Gold, my wife suggested a sewing contest
for the boys. Rules were simple--all work to be done by boy, NO parental
help, patches had to be sewn on in the correct location. Awards were given
for "best job", "solid effort", and "stitch in time". Judging was conducted
at the next pack meeting and winners received a scout sewing kit. My son
spent over an hour working with his patch so it looked like it was going to
fall off any time but would stay on until the contest was won. He could
have sewed it on in a quarter of the time. He won the "stitch in time".
I remember the day my mother called me over to say that it was time to sew
on my own patches. I learned to roll a knot off my finger and to whip stitch
the edge of the patch so it would hold well but no show. I could never learn
to use a thimble--and still can't. At first I wasn't great, but I have
come a long way. My wife refuses to sew any on so around my house I have
that task. It's about time for my sons to learn!
It is something that seems to be missing from the handbook.
BTW, rather than buy 30 colors of thread, I usually use tan and just hide the
stitches. Since I don't have to look for a specific color of thread, my only
problem is finding a needle!
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