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Sewing Patches Without Actually Sewing

My 2 oldest children go to a private school and have to have patches sewn on all their shirts. I am not very good at sewing to begin with and I don't have that much time and this totals 20 shirts plus vests and sweaters. Does anyone know of any good products that I can apply the patches without them needing to be sewn on. Someone was telling me the other day there is a product, but couldn't remember the name of it. I was just hoping someone out there could help me. Thanks!

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If you're in the cincinnati area, the Girl Scout Store (on Cornell in Blue Ash) has a fabulous liquid adhesive for patches. Works better than anything I've tried,

C.

Buy fabric glue and look for iron on backing. You can cut out the backing to fit the size of the patch, paste glue on the backing, let sit overnight, then iron the backing and patch on. The combination of fabric glue and the backing works well. I use that with patches I put on my boys pants and shirts to make them fit his style. He insists on sports wear and has not been willing to wear much else for the last 4 years.

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They make an epoxy glue I think it is called epoxy 300 (not sure) at Pat Catans that works great for that kind of thing! We use on adding embleshiments to dance costumes and just recently my 8 yr daughter wanted to emhance some flip flops with and the items have stayed on all summer even when gotten wet.

There are several "no sew" fabric glues on the market. Do you have a Joann Fabrics near you? They should have some to choose from.

Of course, I think sewing them on would be better for longevity. Maybe you could pay someone to do it.

Good Luck,

L.

Hi J.,
My fiance and I had gotten our kids into tykwondo and they get patches with their learning. So we bot this stuff for applying to patches for fabric. Its called "PATCH ATTACH", its waterproof, permanent and can be used at the dry cleaners. Also its non toxic! We bought if from a Hobby Lobby's near our home. I'm sure you can find it at a Walmart or any craft store. Good Luck!

Hi J., Have you tried Stitch Witch? It's an Iron on adheasive. Usually used for a quick hem. but should work on the patches. Also there are several glues that may work. Check out JoAnns fabric or Michael's crafts or a similar place to find what will work for you. Good luck and God bless.

Buy fabric glue and look for iron on backing. You can cut out the backing to fit the size of the patch, paste glue on the backing, let sit overnight, then iron the backing and patch on. The combination of fabric glue and the backing works well. I use that with patches I put on my boys pants and shirts to make them fit his style. He insists on sports wear and has not been willing to wear much else for the last 4 years.

try a couple (like two) rolls of stitch-witch.

I think it is Stich Witchery. I know I used it for some of the patches for Campfire, Boy Scouts, hemming etc., when I was younger and needed something done quickly. It worked and it held. No sewing involved!!
I know JoAnne's used to carry it and there are similiar brands on the market now. Someone told me they got some great fabric glue at WalMart and someone else was telling me they got some great fabric glue at Michaels they use on all of their sewing projects.
The staff at any of the fabric stores, departments, will be more than willing to help led you in the right direction.

Go to the fabric store there are fabric glues on the market that are excellent and can be washed and dryed no problem. Ask the ladies at like Joann Fabrics or Hannock Fabrics those are two store I've always trusted to have answers to these sort of questions.

P.S. I don't like the iron on products I've never gotten them to work and find them to be to much of a hassel and they fall off for me. YOu might have better luck the I did but glue would be easier.

Hi J.!

I highly recommend Liquid Stitch. You can find it in the Notion aisle at Joann Fabrics. It is non toxis and machine washable & dry.

I am short 5'2" and have a hard time finding anything that doesn't need to be hemmed. I usually avoid it like the plague. However, when I found a pair of chinos for $5, I couldn't pass them up. This product was recommended to me by a woman at the Hudson, OH Joann Fabrics. She said that a woman who owned a dry cleaners came in and bought all that they had. The woman uses it in her business for alterations.

I have washed & dried the pants at least 15 times and the hem is still intact just perfectly. I have also used it to hem valance fabric as well.

If you have any other questions, please let me know.
Good Luck.
K.

A great no sew product is Wonder Under. You can find it at Joann fabrics (or a similar store). You just iron it on and it secures it nicely.

My local Girl Scout office recommends Patch Attach. It is a glue that you apply to the patch and let dry. Then you iron it onto the fabric and it is amazing. It holds so much better than Stitch Witchery for an active child. I was a leader for years and this stuff is amazing. You can purchase it at K-Mart or Wal-Mart.

Yes...Stitch Witchery will work. There are different strengths of it, so ask when you are at the store for what they would recommend. It should work well for that.

J.

There is actually a iron on form of patches. Go to a fabric store, they should have some.

there's a product called stitch witchery- you can get it at like joanne fabrics. Its a mesh tape that you put between pieces of fabric and then iron. It really works well for regular fabric. I've never used it for patches though but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Hope that helps!

There is a product called Stitch Witchery that you can find at craft stores. I think I've even seen it at Target (back by the sewing machines.) It looks like a roll of tape. You put it between the patch and the shirt, and then lay an iron on top of the patch. when the tape heats up, it becomes an adhesive. I use it for everything, including hems.

Hope this helps!

If you're in the cincinnati area, the Girl Scout Store (on Cornell in Blue Ash) has a fabulous liquid adhesive for patches. Works better than anything I've tried,

C.

There is a great product you can buy at any fabric store. It looks like a roll of white tape ( sorry I don't remember the name of it) and all you do is peel off the paper and place it on the back of whatever you want sewn on and put a warm iron on it and it is done! I have used this to alter pants, put patches and other things on clothes and it has worked great. You can wash the clothes and it stays on. Sorry I can't remember what it is called but if you ask at a fabric store and explain what it does I'm sure they will be able to tell you what it is. Hope this helps! It has saved me a lot of time in the past!

There is "Stitch Witchery" and a couple other products that will do it. Check a WalMart sewing section or a JoAnn Fabrics.

Is the product Dritz?
Product Description:
Non-Toxic permanent adhesive. Use for hems, appliques, patches, zippers and more. Machine wash and dry. Instructions: Always test on a scrap of your fabric for satisfactory results. Pre-wash fabrics before using. Unscrew cap and lightly squeeze tube from bottom to apply adhesive. Apply adhesive to wrong side of fabric or applique. Smooth with fingertip or cotton swab for even distribution. Position fabric or applique and gently finger press in place. Allow to dry for 30 minutes. Do not iron until dry. Do not wash for 24 hours. Adhesive is water-soluble until dry.
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