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If you have patches to sew on for your kids' Scout uniforms, school uniforms, etc., use your basic stapler to hold the patches in place while you sew them on. I staple in two places, just so they don't twist on me, and use the zipper foot attachment on my sewing machine to run around the inside of the patches. This saves so much time and aggravation. No more pins breaking and stabbing me in the fingers!
If you have multiple patches with different colored backgrounds, you can use the transparent (clear) thread with the bobbin being the color of the shirt (or whatever). Keeps you from having to swap out top threads every patch, and the regular thread underneath keeps the monofilament thread from poking into the skin.
By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA
If you have badges, patches, or other insignia to sew onto your child's uniform (ie. Scout), use your household stapler first to staple them in place, Then sew by machine with zipper foot, or by hand, whichever works for you. The stapler works so much easier than trying to pin with straight pins.
The patch will stay straighter if you use a couple of staples and you won't get stabbed by the straight pin breaking or just springing off into your finger! Of course, you will need to remove the staples when you are finished. Use your seam ripper on the back side to unbend the prongs of the staple, then pull out from the front.
By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA