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« on: November 15, 2007 08:36:51 PM »

what kind of fabric would work best for a patch.
I want to put it on a jacket if that helps any.
would felt, if so wool or synthetic?
cotton, canvas?
i have never done a patch so i don't know.
any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007 11:50:42 AM »

Hey, I'm new to embroidery (though I've done a good bit of sewing) and I want to make some sew-on patches for my girlfriend for Christmas.  What are some good fabrics to start with?  Should I press the edges under (and is it possible to do that on a circular or oval patch) or just leave them be?  I've got the actual stitches for the image down, I think, it's just the mechanics of attaching the patches to clothing/bags that I'm confused about.  Thanks in advance for any help y'all can give me.

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007 11:53:00 AM »

Well, this is my view: If you go with felt, go with wool felt. It's sturdier than craft (acrylic) felt. If you're going to use cotton, something like a cotton duck has good body and is sturdy. The nice thing about working patches on felt instead, though, is that, when doing satin stitch and other fillings, you have the "body" of the felt to help hold the stitches in place well.

Some drawbacks to wool felt might be availability and color - you may not be able to pick up any wool felt easily at a local fabric store, without having to order it. And if they do have it, the color selection may not be suitable for your patch, unless you are planning to cover the whole thing entirely with threads, so that the felt itself isn't seen.

Anyway, technically, I think you could use practically any fabric, but if I were doing it, I'd probably stick with wool felt. If I wanted to use cotton, I'd use duck cloth - although it's not the easiest stuff in the world to stitch on.

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007 11:55:27 AM »

Hm. I just answered a similar question in another thread. Personally, I'd use wool felt, and as for the edges, I'd work all around them in a close overcast stitch (that is, just sewing around and around the edge, placing the stitches very close together to make a finished edge). Alternately, you could use a close buttonhole, which would reinforce the outside edge.

To attach, I'd sew through the patch with nylon thread, right inside the reinforced edge.

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