Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Fri, 18 Oct 1996 09:17:59 EDT
Grant O'Neil related his first patch sewing experience mentioning that
"there were only 6 or 7...stiches spred around" the patch.
I've found putting 3 or 4 basting stiches around the patch first
lets stabilizes the patch so another round of closely placed stiches
can be made. I usually put the first stitch at the top of the patch,
check for alignment, put a second stitch about 1/3 way around, check
for alignment, and put a third basting stitch another 1/3 way 'round.
If the patch is now correctly positioned it is easy to run stitches
1/8 to 3/16 inch apart all the way around the border. If it has shifted
you only have to snip the thread and pull out 3 stitches. I find this
method much faster than any other I've tried.
BTW another great sewing project for Scouts (and Scouters) is making
stuff sacks. Most fabric stores now stock nylon material for making
flags. This makes a great non-waterproof sack. Coated materials
are available mail order from Campmor. Other sources advertize in
Backpacker magazine. After you have made a few you can rip out
a custom sized sack in less than 10 minutes.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting
Dan O'Canna [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City