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    Quote Originally Posted by Catholicity View Post
    BTW Singer is the best and most Durable for your money. Also you can Glue on the Patch First then Sew it on. I'm surprised you didn't get the Iron on for Denim. They tend to stay better.
    The patches are iron on. But I've had zero success ironing them on. They are super heavy duty. I wanted some American flags for my work clothes, my wife found some that are made in the USA and they are like 1/4 inch thick!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    The patches are iron on. But I've had zero success ironing them on. They are super heavy duty. I wanted some American flags for my work clothes, my wife found some that are made in the USA and they are like 1/4 inch thick!?

    I still think you should get a thimble and just shove the needle through. If the patches are that thick you should use the heaviest needle you have in your kit. Did a thimble come with?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I still think you should get a thimble and just shove the needle through. If the patches are that thick you should use the heaviest needle you have in your kit. Did a thimble come with?
    I have a thimble and some kind of gadget that looks like a knurled thumb ring. The thimble helps a lot. But even with the finer guage needles I have to push so hard it bends the needle and knocks the hoop off .

    I've sewn 12 patches on thus far. I feel like I've ran a marathon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    I have a thimble and some kind of gadget that looks like a knurled thumb ring. The thimble helps a lot. But even with the finer guage needles I have to push so hard it bends the needle and knocks the hoop off .

    I've sewn 12 patches on thus far. I feel like I've ran a marathon.
    Try without the hoop? And use a heavier needle.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    Hm. A denim needle might work. Get a thimble, too, that will help push it through the fabric.
    I'd try leather needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    I'd try leather needles.
    That or Upholstry ones like I mentioned. You can get a good singer needle kit with a guide for what needle is what. They come in packs of 15-30 at wal mart for 5 or so. I don't use a thimble personally. Try tracing the outside with a very lite pencil #3 or 4, glue the patch with fabric glue then stictch it around the pencil markings. Its patching for beginners if you can't take the sticky off to iron it on. Did you try the right paper for ironing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catholicity View Post
    That or Upholstry ones like I mentioned. You can get a good singer needle kit with a guide for what needle is what. They come in packs of 15-30 at wal mart for 5 or so. I don't use a thimble personally.
    The needles I have don't have a guide saying what they're for. A guide would be nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catholicity View Post
    Try tracing the outside with a very lite pencil #3 or 4, glue the patch with fabric glue then stictch it around the pencil markings. Its patching for beginners if you can't take the sticky off to iron it on. Did you try the right paper for ironing?
    Paper? For ironing? What?

    I tried to iron them on the board, then on a metal table. I tried putting a thin cloth in between the Iron and the patch. Then I tried it without the cloth. No dice.

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    I doubt Trouty's sewing kit came with either leather or upholstery needles.

    And the patches may not have an adhesive backing in order to iron them on. You can GET double sided sticky stuff for "applique" in a fabric store, but it's probably not worth getting that at this point.

    You can also get fabric glue to attach things like this. Also at a fabric store.


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