Sewing Uniform Patches
Richard L. Axtman (axtman@CASTLE.DRC.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 07:44:20 -0400
Hello SCOUTS-L members,
How many of you have or know Scouts, both youth and adult, that
do not know how to sew on a simple patch or are missing patches
on their uniform or do not have them sewn on correctly or straight
and in the right places? Boy I see a lot of hands raised up!
Why not take this as an opportunity to teach them all something
(sewing) they can use for the rest of their lives. You could help
them make their uniforms look better and in some cases more complete.
If you don't know how to do it yourself, recruit help from other
parents or scouts in your Pack, Troop or Post.
It is never too late or too early to teach Scouts how to sew
their own patches on their uniform. They will grumble a
little at first about this is girls work (or at least they may
think it is), but they will be pleased when they can see the
rewards of their efforts. When they grumble, ask them if they
think guys in the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines are all
girls? Tell them most soldiers sew on their own patches,
so there is nothing sissy about it. That they are just being
lazy or too stubborn to try and learn.
When I was a boy I was taught by my mother. She said "I'll
show you once." And she added, "I know you are going to earn
a lot of patches in Scouting, so from now on, you will be able
to sew all your own on your uniform." What a smart woman she
is, she was right, moms usually are, because I have been doing
it ever since (over 35 years now).
Here are some patch sewing tips I use on my Scout uniform.
Buy yourself some sets of wooden rings for embroidering, they
only cost about a dollar and come in many sizes. To use them,
you put one inside a shirt or cloth and the other ring snaps
over the inner ring to make a tight like a drum head. Then straight
pin on your patch and sew. This helps makes it real easy to sew,
you do not have all that cloth getting in your way and the patch
lays flat while you are working, since the cloth is held stretched
tight like a drum. I have two sets of these rings, one large set
of rings that a whole uniform shirt pocket fits inside of and a
smaller set of rings that slips into a uniform sleeve to sew on
For thread, I use very thin "Clear" thread that is like extra fine
monofilament fishing line. You can buy in rolls at a sewing store.
They call it "No-See Thread." This cures the matching of colors
on the patches. One tip about using it though, this comes from
experience. Start you sewing on the outside of a shirt, tie you
knot off on the outside, then cover the starting knot and loose
thread end with the patch and continue to sew it on. When you
are done, finish off, again on the outside of the cloth and hide
the end of the thread under the patch you are sewing on.
Why do this? Because the thin clear thread can dig into you and
feel like a bee sting or just cause itching. Before I figured out
this trick, I was itching like mad from those thread ends.
Just some ideas and tips from an old Scout, who was taught and
will be teaching sewing too.
Best In Scouting,
Cubmaster, Pack 6
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City