Re - New thread :-) on sewing/ironing patches
RJ Miller (rjmiller@DSEG.TI.COM)
Wed, 24 May 1995 14:21:18 -0500
Here are my thoughts about the hot melt glue on the back of patches.
First of all I should state that I intend to keep my son's uniforms in tact
for him to have when he is older. This means that I will get another
uniform for my younger son and will not face the problem of glue mess on the
shirt where patches have been removed, because any patches affixed to the
shirt will remain or be replaced by a similar shaped patch, such as council
or pack numbers (in the event of a move). We will probably switch to a
Webelos patrol in place of a den numeral at the same time we switch to a tan
shirt and will buy additional earned patches (like Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Arrow
Points and Religious Knot). I acknowledge that not recycling shirts or
patches could be too expensive for some people and would recommend you not
iron patches on in that case, except for maybe council shoulder patch and
world crest if you choose to display it.
I have found that if the patches are ironed on before sewing, problems with
misalignment and 'bunching up' are avoided. I did not iron patches on
initially, when my son first joined Cub Scouts. When we later moved and had
to change council, pack and den, I did iron the patches first, and I can
tell you there is a great difference in appearance. Also this applies only
to the Cub Scout shirt where rank patches are permanent, I don't know how
well this would work on Boy Scout shirts. This benefit is also exaggerated
on Cub Scout shirts since the sleeves are so small and difficult for me to
work with. A needlepoint hoop might alleviate the problem of the patch not
lying well on the cloth, but it might not work on the sleeves and alignment
could still be a little more difficult than with ironing.
A tip: I cut a piece of cloth about one quarter of an inch smaller than the
patch all around. I then tack the cloth to the back of the patch with the
tip of the iron. This exposes glue on just the perimeter of the patch. I
have noticed that this also helps the patch to lay better on the shirt.
This also works great to attach individual pack or troop numbers together
before you affix them to the sleeve.
Final note: I like this method so well, that on other projects using
patches without glue, I have smeared the perimeter of the back of the patch
with a hot glue gun so that it would iron on into place before sewing.
My policy is that if the area is to remain covered by some sort of patch,
and glue residue will not be left exposed, I iron it on before sewing.
RJ Miller (email@example.com)
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