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Please help me sew my Cub Scouts' insignia
Any Cub moms with tips?
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Date: 10/8/08 9:31 PM

Can I safely fuse the pack number to dgs's uniform then machine stitch around? Or will this gum up my machine's needle?

Thank you!! - Mary

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Date: 10/8/08 10:20 PM

When I sewed my boys' and DH's uniform insignia, I just pinned it and stitched very carefully. You could baste it with adhesive in the center - away from where you will stitch.

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Date: 10/9/08 1:01 PM

I have used Sewer's Aid along the stitching line to keep the thread and needle from gumming up when stitching adhesive back Velcro.

Test first to see if it will work satisfactorily for your project. See product here

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Date: 10/9/08 2:41 PM

I've sewn on badges/patches for Royal Rangers, which are very similar.

The simplest way to do it is to use Wash-Away-Basting Tape (AKA 'Wonder Tape') You can get this at JoAnn's or Hancock's. It's nicely sticky but doesn't gum up your needle, so you can sew through it. Plus,you can reposition it if necessary to get it exactly right...and no pin to distort things.

You can stick several on at once and sew them in a row.

Use a large, sturdy needle!
-- Edited on 10/9/08 2:43 PM --

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Date: 10/9/08 6:15 PM

Thanks everyone! The numbers had a thick rubbery substance on the reverse side which I assumed was adhesive. I can fuse with the best of them but that wasn't adhesive!! I'm basting and sewing now. I tried to pin the numbers in place but each one is so thick, the number just shifted badly out of place. I may have to go out and pick up some adhesive yet!

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Subject: Please help me sew my Cub Scouts insignia Date: 10/10/08 9:30 AM

If you're hand basting, I recommend just using matching thread and doing it a little more securely and calling it sewn. These won't be stressed seams; it just needs to stay put.

Don't sew it twice if you don't have to. ;)

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Date: 10/10/08 10:26 AM

I remember the gluey stuff on the backs of those badges. It made them really hard to sew! I would use wonder tape now if I had to do them again. Seems to me I hand sewed a lot of them, but eventually used a jeans needle in the machine and a narrow zig zag in the same colour as the binding around the edges of the patches.

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Date: 10/10/08 12:56 PM

I just hold the patches in place while I sew. They are all pretty little, but if you need to, I bet you could stick them down temporarily with a glue stick.

I use whatever color the shirt is in the bobbin, and switch the color for the needle according to the color of the patch. I use a 14, and just straight stitch around (I sew on patches for my 2 boys, and for anyone in the Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop that ask).

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Subject: Please help me sew my Cub Scouts insignia Date: 10/10/08 1:27 PM

I just pinned the patches in the general place, then made sure they were still lined up as I sewed. I also recommend invisible thread for the top thread and shirt colored thread for the bobbin. This makes it go quickly since you don't have to keep changing threads for the different patch colors.

I don't recommend invisible thread in the bobbin. I tried it for a few patches, but found it was finicky to keep on the bobbin, and a little scratchy if a tiny thread end poked out on the inside of the shirt and rubbed against the skin.

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Date: 10/10/08 5:07 PM

You can cut a small piece of stitch witchery and fuse to hold the badges in place then, sew around them. I sew these on by machine and use a larger stitch because sooner or later I have to remove them and sew on another uniform because the Scout has outgrown the old one. Like MamaFitz, I also use bobbin thread that matches the shirt and needle thread that matches the patch.
-- Edited on 10/10/08 5:09 PM --

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