How to Use a Sewing Machine to Sew Badges

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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


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

Things You'll Need

  • Badge
  • Safety pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
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Vanessa Van Wagner has been working in publishing since 1988 and has been writing about science, technology and the environment since 2005. Her work has appeared in "Town & Village," Rebuild USA Now, Science Fiction L.A. and "S.F. Five Years' Annual." Van Wagner studied liberal arts at the University of Rochester and Regents College.