Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Sat, 27 May 1995 16:37:04 EDT
To paraphrase what I sent to Paul Bartells (I think) directly and to share
my technique with those wishing to sew by hand:
I like to thread the needle with a long thread and then "tack" the patch in
place, spacing the stitches up to 1/2" apart. This stabilizes the patch and
is easy to rip out if the patch shifted. Once tacked in place one should have
enough thread left to go 'round the patch again spacing the stiches every 1/8"
or so. As for penetrating plastic backing, don't bother if the patch has an
embroidered edge. As mentined before, stich through the edging. To hide the
knot in the thread I start by puting my first stich on the back of the patch,
coming from the inner to the outer edge of the edging. Then lay the patch in
place and pass the needle perpendicular the cloth adjacent to the patch.
Bring the needle up through the cloth directly under the edging for the next
stitch, up through the edging and back straight down. If these instuctions
are clear (they are to me but then I know what I mean) the system works very
quickly. I can sew hand one patch in less time than it takes to set up the
machine, load a bobbin and machine sew. If the thread being used closely
matches the patch's edging this technique is nearly invisible.
I particularly like the suggestions to use an embroidery hoop to hold the
fabric, and mark the patch loction with chalk. Marking an orientaton line
wile the shirt is being worn would sure help set Council Strips and such in
the right place using either hand or machine.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City