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Sew on Patches

denie6 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

What is the best way to sew decorative patches onto a ready made jacket?   Are you suppose to stitch at the very edge of the patch?

Thank you,



  1. NansiM | | #1

    That's what I do using a size 14 or 16 needle and 2.0 or 2.5 stitch length and an open-toe or. applique foot.  Sometimes i use a fusible web, paperbacked or otherwise, to hold the patch in place.  Pins only seem to get in the way oor stab my fingers!  Hope this helps.

  2. JudyWilliment | | #2

    Where the patch has a satin stitch border, I sew by hand using a running stitch or back stitch, taking tiny stitches on the right side, through all layers (patch and jacket) just inside the satin stitch.  It's invisible if you take small enough stitches, and you can even hide stitches in the satin stitch.

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    stitchhappy | | #3

    Have you ever sewn on a patch pocket  using a machine  blind hem stitch?  You line everything up so the straight part of the stitch is right off the pocket's edge and the zigzag stitch just bites into the pocket.  I think this would work for patches too and be virtually invisable.

    1. JudyWilliment | | #4

      I've never heard of this blind hemming trick on patch pockets - where does the straight stitch end up on the finished garment?  I assume it's stitched from the right side?  I couldn't work out how the stitches could be invisible.  Any further details would be appreciated.  I'd love to try this one.

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        stitchhappy | | #5

        The straight stitches are in the ditch. I know, it's not really a ditch, but they'll snuggle down right under the edge if you get it set up right. Adjust the stitch width so you take a tiny bite and shorten the stitch length so your bites are closer together :) It works.

        1. JudyWilliment | | #6

          Ok, now I get it, I'll have to give this a go!  Thanks for the info :-)

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