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« on: August 11, 2008 02:59:52 PM »

So I was feeling thrifty and went to Steve and Barry's and got this Victoria's Secret-esque hoodie, just without any patches/words. I went to VS earlier and bought patches so I could get a free makeup bag. I went to try and iron them on, and they stick, just not well. Like they are going to fall of soon, and only after two wears.

What can I use for them to stay? Can I sew them? Glue them?

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2008 04:26:30 PM »

I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to sew them. You could do it by hand or with a machine. Either straight stitch right around the edge close the the satin stitch if it has that or zigzag around the edge.

There are some fabric glues that might hold but I'd say if you know how it would be better to sew.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2008 07:25:46 AM »

I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to sew them.

Unfortunately, I can think of one reason why machine sewing might be a bad idea - the adhesive on the back of the patch. If it gets on the needle, it can gum up the works PDQ. Make a huge mess. If Tickle thinks the glue won't transfer to the needle, then it's probably safe to use the machine.

But anyone who's ever tried to sew over sticky-back Velcro or something similar will attest that the mess generated from a glued-up needle is difficult to forget. 

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You could do it by hand or with a machine. Either straight stitch right around the edge close the the satin stitch if it has that or zigzag around the edge.

There are some fabric glues that might hold but I'd say if you know how it would be better to sew.

I agree that sewing's the better option. I'd recommend hand-sewing, just to be on the safe side !
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2008 08:31:40 AM »

My Girl Scout patches were always put on with a zig zag right over the satin stitching on the edge of the patch, in matching thread of course. This is an option for sticky or other coatings on the backs of patches as they rarely are coated all the way to the edge, the sticky is usually only applied in the center.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2008 10:05:23 AM »

You could always try new sew heat n bond too Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2008 10:13:44 AM »

instead of handsewing, which could be a bit hard seeing as how the adhesive patches are always quite thick,
perhaps try using that iron on hemming tape- and re-ironing on the patches?
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2008 11:22:16 AM »

I always used invisible thread and a zig-zag stitch to put the Girl Scout patches on our vests.  The adhesive on the back of those patches was nothing like the stuff on velcro.
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