Jan Bemis (jbemis@WOODBADGE.MA.ULTRANET.COM)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 16:56:47 -0500
Polar Fleece! It comes in different weights, it's machine washable
and dryable, it doesn't stink when it gets wet, but, ohmygosh! I never
bothered to consider it's flamability!
Thanks Guys! My cape is too bulky with all the patches on it to take
on most overnighters, but when I do wear it, I'll be extra careful
aroung the campfire!
Now, the quickest way to sew on the patches: (50 patches in 5 hrs!)
#1 use a sewing machine.
#2 the thread in your bobbin should be the color of your blanket.
#3 PUT A CRAFT HOOP AROUND THE MACHINE HEAD!
(about 8"-10" diameter works best.)
#4 Set the screw holding the outside hoop to as loose as possible.
#5 Lift the inside hoop and slip the fabric with the patch pinned to
it between the two hoops, push the inner hoop down into the outer
hoop. (As patches get sewn on, this well become more difficult due
to the patches not liking to bend or fold. But as you get the hang
of it, it'll get easier.)
#6 Sew, using for the top thread the color to match the satin stitch
around the patch. Sew over on the inside where the stitch ends.
Now, if you pin the patches where you want them before sewing, it'll make
it easier in one aspect: You can do all the patches that have the same
color satin stitch at a time, so you don't have to change thread with
The difficulty in doing it this way, is that you'll need to remove pins when
they get in the way of the hoops.
(50 patches in 5 hrs, really?) REALLY! Once I got the hang of it, I was
controlling the motion of the fabric under the machine by moving the hoop.
And, I had to do very little seam ripping because that hoop was holding the
fabric under the patch so that it didn't get wrinkled under it.
Jan Bemis, Mohegan Council MA, NECS-40 "Owl"
"What do you mean, there are no meetings tonight?!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City