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From: spongebob_mom
Date: 10-15-2003, 12:59 PM (1 of 3)
I have never sewed a thing in my entire life (and I'm 32!!). My mother sewed (she's passed on) and her mother, my grandmother, made clothes all the time. I should be ashamed of myself!!

Ok, having said that, my 7 year old son is in cub scouts. Of course I have to sew on several patches...I get nervous just thinking about it!!! I know sewing on patches must be SO easy, right? Do I match the thread to the color of the patch or to the color of the shirt?

Are there any helpful hints you can give me? Do I need anything besides a needle and some thread? Oh, I and I forgot to mention that his shirt ripped along one of the seams behind his shoulder. It looks easy enough to fix from the inside of the shirt, but I don't know how to do anything aside from threading the needle!!


User: spongebob_mom
Member since: 10-15-2003
Total posts: 1
From: weddingdance
Date: 10-15-2003, 01:12 PM (2 of 3)
Hi Clueless Jane,

Don't panic! These things often 'skip' a generation. My mother is a part time bookkeeper, and even trying to say 'calculation' usually makes me cry. My former boyfriend used to have to say 'frm frm' when helping me get through an economics class...

For the patch, I would match the thread to match the color on the edge of the patch. Make teeny tiny stitches along the rim of the patch. It will show up on the inside of the shirt looking like messy dashes, but that's okay. Just go nice and slowly, and remember that your son doesn't care what it looks like, he only cares that you love him.

You could also 'cheat' and use a little patch of stitch witchery or something like that. I remember in girl scouts some girls had their badges pinned on with safety pins!

Also, I don't bother trying to make knots in the end of the thread. I just do three stitches in the same spot, and bring the thread to the inside of the shirt, then cut it with an inch or so tail.

For the ripped shoulder, I would match the thread to the shirt fabric as best you can, and try to imitate the machine stitching, going in a straight line, again with little tiny stitches.

Good luck, let us know how it goes!

Lee Ann
User: weddingdance
Member since: 05-21-2003
Total posts: 15
From: MaryW
Date: 10-16-2003, 07:52 AM (3 of 3)
Another idea is to take a large darning needle and some dental floss. Sew your patches on with the floss, your stitches will be invisible.

When fixing the rip, use thread that matches the shirt. Work like weddingdance described on the wrong side of the shirt.
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