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Date: 5/4/11 10:25 AM

I am having a hard time with sewing on my granddaughters Girl Scout Patches. What size needle to I use to sew on patches? I only have quilting needles onhand. Thanks

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Date: 5/4/11 10:57 AM

I have always used a size 16 needle to sew on patches. Some of them have an iron-on backing that can be quite thick to go through. For brownie try-its (the triangle badges) I found that a narrow zigzag on the outside edge worked well. If you have several badges that fit together you can do a whole row at a time! The junior badges are more tricky as they are round with a satin stitched border. I usually do a straight stitch just inside the border. I have tried using the quilting foot of my machine to do them, but did not have much luck. Someone with more experience may. I just turn and stitch and turn and stitch until I get all the way around.

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Jennifer

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Date: 5/4/11 11:02 AM

Great time to teach your granddaughter some basic hand sewing! I sewed all my own badges from the time I was a brownie- did not come from a crafty family, sewingwas not my Mom's thing! I just used medium size universal needle, and kept very close to the border.

(well except for one time in juniors when I got 40 at once- I think I went to at least one ceremony with them stapled on!)

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Date: 5/4/11 11:08 AM

This takes me back in time. (I'm shocked that Girl Scout badges have iron-on adhesive for example). but I always sewed my badges on by hand. I found my old sash this winter while decluttering some old boxes. I have to admit my sewing skills left a LOT to be desired. But really, I think it's just as easy to do things like this with an plain old needle and thread (I'd use a mid-size betweens). Thimble necessary for something this thick.
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Date: 5/4/11 11:17 AM

Next week our Brownie will be attending their bridging ceremony....we will give them their new Jr Vest at the ceremony. We are just sewing on all the troop #'s, council patches and American flag. I do you have my orginial GS Sash from the 70's yep either I or my mon sewed my patches. funny you can see which ones I sewed on. Barley hanging on today.

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Date: 5/4/11 8:24 PM

I sewed on all my own badges from Brownies on...raised by men only.

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Date: 5/4/11 9:46 PM

Quote: AquariJenn
I have always used a size 16 needle to sew on patches. Some of them have an iron-on backing that can be quite thick to go through. For brownie try-its (the triangle badges) I found that a narrow zigzag on the outside edge worked well. If you have several badges that fit together you can do a whole row at a time! The junior badges are more tricky as they are round with a satin stitched border. I usually do a straight stitch just inside the border. I have tried using the quilting foot of my machine to do them, but did not have much luck. Someone with more experience may. I just turn and stitch and turn and stitch until I get all the way around.



HTH,

Jennifer

I sewed my daughter's on the same way...stitch and turn, stitch and turn. When I was a Girl Scout either I or my mom stitched mine on my hand but I am not one for hand sewing any longer. If it can be done by machine then that's how it's done. When my daughter was in Girl Scouts I was her leader and I was shocked that NONE of the mom's knew anything about sewing. They tried to iron the badges and patches on but the iron on doesn't really last. When the girls received their badges, my co-leader and I would either take a meeting and help the girls sew them on or on occasion we would take the girls vests home with us and sew them on ourselves depending on how many they had earned. We learned if they took them home the badges never got on the vest OR one girls mom sewed everything on the opposite side and another girls mom said she couldn't remember where everthing went so she just sewed it all on the back because it really didn't matter. I was shocked!
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Date: 5/4/11 10:33 PM

I get paid for sewing on these patches.....$1.00 per badge or patch. I sew on the patches with my sewing machine; size 14/90 sharp needle. I use invisible thread as my top thread, and either polyester brown thread (brownies) or the green thread if girl scout (whichever color the vest is). I use a very small zigzag on outer edge. This works well.
Linda in TX

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Date: 5/22/11 5:34 PM

I'm a Brownie leader and UK Brownie/Guide badges do not have the iron on adhesive, in general, but when we occasionally get the ones that do they are very hard to sew on by hand.

I wonder if ironing on first (to reduce stiffness) would be good. We always sew on the badges overhand (and all my Brownie mothers seem to have mastered sewing, or possibly with the help of some grans).

If the sashes are as thick as the UK ones, we recommend prewashing them.

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Date: 5/23/11 7:47 AM

Quote: Skittl1321
Great time to teach your granddaughter some basic hand sewing! I sewed all my own badges from the time I was a brownie- did not come from a crafty family, sewingwas not my Mom's thing! I just used medium size universal needle, and kept very close to the border.



(well except for one time in juniors when I got 40 at once- I think I went to at least one ceremony with them stapled on!)

I completely agree - I also sewed all my own patches, with the exception of my first troop number and scouting council badges when I joined the Brownies. It's really not very hard to do by hand. I just chose a coordinating thread and tried to catch the underside of the satin stitch edging all the way around - sort of like applique.

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