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    I have decided to place a few meaningful patches on my leather vest....I know it can't be done with a regular needle and thread so whats a guy to do?

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    Go to a local shoe repair shop and have them put the patches on. I was very pleased with external patches done by a local guy here.
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    I called around to many seamstress's. Ask them if they do leather, if they have the needles for leather work, and if it's a vest with inner pockets if they can save the inner pockets instead of sewing threw them.
    BTW, no vest is complete without a Poser Patch.
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    Have the patchs put away from the pocket. Then the ladys can do it, you dont need a leather needler. I work at a sewing manufacter, same needle.

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    Obviously you could sew them on yourself with a leather needle and long-nosed pliers.

    There are hobby glues as well, but sew on is best by a tailor or shoe repair place.


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    The local leather shop here (where they sell leather biker stuff) has a sewing station in the back where they will sew patches on vests. I've heard of Harley dealers having someone come in once a week or something to sew patches on as well.

    Also every big 'biker' event I have been to has at least one person sewing patches on (like rally's, bike shows or swap meets.)

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    I have a cheap sewing machine I sew them on with, using black thread. They've been on for years. I use a needle for "jeans" or "denim". The needle is sharp as opposed to rounded needles for most fabrics.
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    This stuff works great for putting patches on without stitching. They will not come off. If you are the type that likes to move your patches around then this stuff is not for you as it will ruin your vest if you try to pull the patches off. You can purchase it at Michael's for $8.99 for a 4oz bottle. Also, if you check the Sunday paper, Michael's usually has a 40 or 50% off coupon good for 1 item.

    It does take a little prep work to make the patches stick. Take some rubbing alcohol and wet a cloth with it. Use the alcohol dampened rag to wipe down the area you intend to put the patch.This takes the oily/glossy finish off of the surface of the jacket to give the adhesive something to stick to. If the patch has a waxy backing on it wipe down the back of the patch too. The leather and the patch will get a sticky feeling similar to saran wrap once the finish is gone. Let the patch and the leather dry then apply the adhesive to the patch and apply the patch to the leather. It is fully cured in just under 24 hours but I have worn mine on the highway less than 12 hours after application with no problems.
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    I found something online once about sewing patches on leather from some lady who has been doing it for years. I'll try to get a link for ya.
    I remember her saying there is no glue that will hold a patch for a long time, you don't ever want to use cotton thread as it will rot quickly after it mixes with the chemical treatments in the leather.
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    Look up seamstress in the yellow pages

    They usually charge $2 for small patches, $3 for medium, and $4 for large (Large being Back Patche size).

    Some leather shops have the ability to sew them on as well, but usually charge more.. The seamstresses sometimes do it out of their own houses on their own time for an extra few bucks.

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    my wife uses her regular old sewing machine , just goes slow no problems.
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    Find out where the high school kids have the letters put on their letterman jackets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Jon View Post
    I have a cheap sewing machine I sew them on with, using black thread. They've been on for years. I use a needle for "jeans" or "denim". The needle is sharp as opposed to rounded needles for most fabrics.
    This is how I do It. Works well.

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    Local dry-cleaners has done all my patches, they did them cheap too..

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    You can use a normal needle on a sewing machine but you'll end up breaking them. I use a leather needle on my wife's sewing machine that I sort of inherrited off her when I did a automotive upholsterers course a few years back. Using the correct needle will result in less frustration, no needles breaking and a faster job.
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    I always have a local alteration shop do mine. They remove the lining to sew them on when there are pockets then stitch the lining back on after. For the back they just sew through the lining too.

    Cost me $40 to get all the patches I collected in 2009 put on and I've already got the 2010 collection started.
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