Re: New thread :-) on sewing/ironing patches
Ronald Oakes (oakes@CIG.MOT.COM)
Wed, 24 May 1995 15:09:19 -0500
> Every time my son needs a patch added to his shirt, merit badge
> sash, brag vest or whatever, my wife complains and I don't blame
> her. The patches are manufactured to be "iron-on". However, the
> glue used doesn't hold up for long.
ARGH!!! (Accuse me, that the sound of my PET PEEVE alarm going off).
The backing on the patches for (at least BSA) Scout uniforms are NOT a glue
for ironing the patch on. It is a plastic backing to keep the threads in
place. Attempting to iron on these patches results in the patch sticking,
only temporarily, to the uniform, and then falling off leaving an ugly scar
and a less good patch.
Yes the patches are hard to sew on, they are pieces of fairly thick canvas
with a thick plastic backing. But they can be sewn on -- either by hand or
by machine (I do it by hand since its the only sewing I do -- I had to get
a neighbor to hem my Scout Pants a year or so ago).
Please do not attempt to iron on these patches. It does not work and can
ruin the uniform, and possibly the patch.
Ronald B. Oakes
Lot's of different positions over the years, I'm not sure what I am
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City