Re: Sewing Uniform Patches
Grant O'Neil (poneilgdo@ALPHA2.CURTIN.EDU.AU)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 22:59:34 +0800
After my first troop night as a scout, my scout leader informed my mother
that she was not under any circumstances to sew on any badges for me; it was
my responsibility to do them myself. I learned two lessons from this:
1) How to sew
2) Don't procrastinate
The second lesson was learned the Saturday after I became a patrol leader -
we had a scout activity that day, and Saturday morning I suddenly realised I
had not yet sewn on my newly acquired Patrol Leader stripe. As I recall, it
did get sewn on before it was time to go, and even stayed on the uniform all
day - the latter point is significant because there were only about 6 or 7
1" long stitches spread around a 3" x 1" badge holding it on! <G>
Needless to say, the stripe had to be re-sewn more permanently later on...
However, it was not until I was 19 and living away from home as a Mormon
missionary that I truly appreciated the benefits of having learned to sew as
a scout - by the time I came home I had a suit that I could almost claim I
had entirely hand-sewn, through having made various repairs along the way.
And yes, as Richard referred to, during my time in the army I had various
badges to sew on my army uniform.
There is, however, one type of sewing I still dislike immensely - putting
badges on pockets. I have yet to find an easy method for sewing a badge onto
a pocket while avoiding sewing the pocket closed!
Grant O'Neil _r| Ll\
Assistant Venturer Leader | |_|__\
2nd Ballajura Venturer Unit => \ |_|_ /
Swan Valley District ~~ `_'
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