How to Use a Sewing Machine to Sew Badges

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How to Use a Sewing Machine to Sew Badges
Sewing is a quick and secure way to attach a badge. (Sewing Machine Needle image by C Agoncillo from

Badges are an addition to jackets, scouting or martial arts uniforms, shirts, and tote bags. They can be glued or sewn on by hand, but using a sewing machine is a fast and easy way to attach them securely.

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Things you need

  • Badge
  • Safety pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Wash and dry the garment. Iron the garment so that you will have a smooth surface for sewing.

  2. 2

    Lay the garment out on a flat surface. Place the badge where you want it and pin it in place with a safety pin. If you are sewing a badge on a uniform, ask your scout master, coach, or instructor about proper placement of the badge.

  3. 3

    Pin around the edges of the badge with straight pins to hold it securely in place.

  4. 4

    Thread your sewing machine with a spool of thread that matches the border of your badge.

  5. 5

    Place the badge edge under the sewing machine needle and lower the presser foot.

  6. 6

    Sew a few stitches in place to secure the start of the seam. Sew around the edge of the badge until you reach your starting point.

  7. 7

    Remove garment from sewing machine and cut the thread from the spool. Trim off any hanging threads.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the seam close to the edge of the badge.
  • You can use a zigzag stitch if your machine has that capability.

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