Any tips on sewing the Troop #'s on?(m)

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Any tips on sewing the Troop #'s on?(m)
Thu, 05-15-2003 - 1:15pm
I have 5 little vests that I need to get ready for our bridging ceremony in a week from Saturday! I know they aren't supposed to be iron on, however I did iron on Caitlins stuff. I am now trying to go back over hers and sew them in place because I am afraid they will fall off in the wash, so I thought, I might just try to sew the other girls troop #'s and council ID and all that on instead of ironing, because the ironing seemed to make them a bit stiff and hard to get the needle through. Yes I hadn sew everything, I did it for my Junior sash when I was a scout, so I figure I can do it for my girls! ;-) But do any of you have any tips on getting this tiny numbers on?? LOL!!

Shannon, whose fingers are getting sore, but it's so fun anyways!


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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 1:38pm
Our troop leader did not sew anything on. She handed every mom a ziplock baggie and a sheet on where to place the patches. Of course we had 15 girls bridging. I use the clear thread. It's stronger! I think they have started selling true iron on patches!
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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 1:39pm
I hand sew both of my dd's patches just like you, so I know all about sore fingers! LOL!

I have found that using a small embroidery hoop to hold the vest taut while I'm sewing works wonders. I pin the patch/badge onto the vest so it's straight; put the hoop around so that the patch is in the middle and then I sew the patch onto the vest by poking the needle up through the bottom of the vest and then down through the patch. That way, I'm going around the outside of the patch (matching my thread with the binding color, of course) and I only have to go through the patch once per stitch.



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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 5:01pm
I agree! No way you need to be doing that.

Not in the leader's job in the least.

Give the parents their own daughter's things and make them responsible for the job.


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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 7:29pm
another mom and I surprised all our girls when they bridged to juniors by presenting them with their junior vests when they crossed the bridge (all the parents bought the vests and the patches, we were just the only two with a sewing machine.

So what we did was use fabric glue to place them (since none of them were iron on) when that dried we used transperent thread for all the patches. For the troop number (5 numbers!!!!) we sewed across the top of all the numbers, down halfway and across again, down to the bottom and then across the bottom. So the whole row had three horizontal lines of sewing. We tried going around each number but it was a huge PITA so we did it the otherway. For the council id set since they were butted up against each other we started at the top left of the council name one and all the way around the bottom, up the side, over the top of the GSUSA one and when I got back to where they meet and then across the middle. Brownies don't have to worry about troop crests, but we just sewed around those.

If the glue gets a lot at the edge it will be stiff, just like the ironing, beacuse all that does is melt the self adhesive glue on teh back of the iron on stuff.

Trust me, all those sore fingers are going to be sooooooo worth it when the girls see their vests and sashes. If you're handsewing the embroidery hoop is a wonderful idea! Half the problem is that those little things slip! lol


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Thu, 05-15-2003 - 9:49pm
Now THAT is a good idea!!! I had never thought of it before and well...some of DD's try-its, etc... have *slipped* on me as I was sewing them. LOL!!! Can tell it's not professionally done. I used to match colors on the edges but got lazy recently and basically *everything* is sewn with the Brownie Brown colored thread!!

My DD will be bridging to Juniors so may have to let her start taking over, except that may be year 2 in Juniors.


Becky - Mom to Carolyn (17), Aaron (15), Kyle (11) & Luke (8)
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Fri, 05-16-2003 - 1:33pm
I don't sew THROUGH the fabric of the patch if there is an embroidered border. For the council ID sets, etc, if i was handsewing, i would just sew through the embroidered bit on the border. I take a lot of smaller stitches this way, but much easier on the fingers!

I use my machine for most of it, and zigzag whenever possible. I also sew the numbers on as one block, instead of stitching around each individual number.