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Post by Vle045 on January 19th 2014, 8:29 pm

My son got his first badge last week. I've never seen these velcro badges. So what's the best way to get these things on? And why the velcro? I figured out that they are not iron on. And it was too thick for me to get a needle through there and sew it on. I didn't find any "badge magic" locally, so I couldn't try that right now. I got some fabric glue and am giving that a try, but I think I may have used too much, because it was a little messy. So I am not yet sure if this method will work out. Hopefully I didn't ruin it........



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Post by ccm2361 on January 19th 2014, 8:51 pm

You sew the velcro foot print on to the uniform shirt or vest. once its done, the next time you need to change the patch you just peel off the patch & stick the new one on.

I live them. saves so much work!   

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Post by Vle045 on January 19th 2014, 9:22 pm

I had a hard time getting a needle through. Not sure if it's cuz I only hand stitch. I don't have a sewing machine or anything. Well, we shall see how the fabric glue works after it's had time to set.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on January 19th 2014, 11:01 pm

Are you putting the needle through the patch itself or just the footprint?  The footprint is rather thin. You need to peel it off the badge first and sew just the footprint on like Chris said. 

I like them too. I've even had our church seamtress add velcro to the name tans too.

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Post by Vle045 on January 20th 2014, 11:28 am

I did only try to stitch the bottom part. Maybe it was a combination of my weak hands and needing a thimble or something. These are definitly different from my Girl Scout badges. The GS badges I used to stitch on to my own sash were only thick on the border so I would sew right along the inside. Easy peasy. I just tried peeling the badge off of the footprint and the glue seems to be holding up pretty well so far. I have no idea how it would hold up in the wash, but I am guessing his vest most likely won't need to go in the washing machine.

So, I guess if anyone is looking for a no-sew option, you can tell them to try fabric glue. :-)

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on January 20th 2014, 1:27 pm

I didn't have good luck with glueing the footprint on the uniform. During a CofA i tried removing a patch to award a new one an the footprint was peeling off. I asked the seamtress to just sew them on from now on.

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Re: Velcro badges

Post by arcliner on January 21st 2014, 2:54 am

The Velcro patches saves alot of time when you need to "upgrade" your patches the only problem is when the patches are of different shapes and sizes like activity patches.

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Re: Velcro badges

Post by strods on January 21st 2014, 7:55 am

I have alwaysed sewed on my son's vest and Badge Magic on my khaki. My attampt w/ fabric glue cost my a uniform

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Post by strods on January 21st 2014, 7:56 am

Besides boys need to know how to sew for their FCF outfits !

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Re: Velcro badges

Post by Claymore on January 22nd 2014, 11:50 pm

Am I missing something?  

I haven't ordered from GPH for a while.  Do the new badges come with Velcro on the back?

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Re: Velcro badges

Post by Vle045 on January 23rd 2014, 6:06 pm

Yes, it's basically two pieces. The badge has the "soft" side of the velcro and then there is a tan "rough" side of velcro that you attache to the vest/uniform.

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Post by Claymore on January 23rd 2014, 9:32 pm

Well, as a Parachute Rigger, that's about backwards..........

If the "Pile" tape was sewn to the vest, then it would not pick up lint & strings when you wash it.

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