How To Sew Patches On Sleeves With Sewing Machine

Last Updated on 1 year by Susan Mayrich

You’ll be pleased to know how to sew patches on sleeves with sewing machine in just two steps. We’ll share tips throughout the process to make it easier, even for beginner sewers. We’ll also teach you some basic information about patches and if you can apply them without sewing. 

how to sew patches on sleeves with sewing machine

Besides patches, sequins can be intimidating to put on projects. However, you can check this tutorial on sewing sequins with a sewing machine to make them fast and look professionally finished.


How To Sew Patches On Sleeves With Sewing Machine


Step 1. Pin the patches

  • Position the patches on the clothing’s sleeves 
  • Check the proportions of your placement, especially when the patch has a specific design to follow on the sleeves
  • Pin the patches for every two inches, where the points of the pins are facing the center of each patch


Step 2. Sew

  • Work on one patch at a time
  • Set the sewing machine to a narrow zigzag stitch and thread it with the same color thread as the patch
  • Sew around the edges of the patch so that the widest point of each zigzag always lie on the patch’s outermost edge
  • Remove the pins as you work near them to avoid hitting them with the sewing machine needle


What Stitch Is Used To Sew On Patches?

Try the running stitch, solid stitch, jump stitch, or tatami stitch if you’re sewing embroidered patches. Choosing among them will depend on your desired finish, the material, or the patch itself. 


Running stitch

  • Easiest stitch for beginners sewing patches
  • For patches with fine or small details


Solid stitch

  • For covering solid spaces with the stitches
  • For sewing a section of the patch completely


Jump stitch

  • For joining details in the patch that are close together
  • For joining letters that use the same color thread


Tatami stitch

  • For getting rid of split lines
  • For covering entire areas of the patch


How Do You Sew Patches On Clothes?

Sewing patches on clothes to repair them is slightly different from sewing decorative patches such as embroidery. For starters, you need to make the patch according to your garment to blend seamlessly. Careful measurements and color judgment are crucial to achieving this. 

  1. Cut a rectangle or square from fabric the same color and type as your clothes that need repair
  2. Fold the patch edges under by about ⅜ inch and press before positioning it to the damaged spot
  3. Place the patch to the clothes with the folded edges facing down and pin at every corner
  4. Set the sewing machine to zigzag stitch with the appropriate color thread, then sew the repair patch 


How Do You Put On A Patch Without Sewing?


Use iron-on patches

  1. Medium to heavy fabrics are suitable for iron-on patches, but check if your garment can be ironed
  2. Iron-on patches are never ideal for delicate materials like silk
  3. Position the patch 
  4. Place the garment on an ironing board and cover it with bath towels
  5. Position the patch so that its adhesive side is facing the fabric
  6. Heat up your iron and cover the patch with a towel
  7. Press on the patch for 10 seconds and then allow it to cool
  8. Inspect the patch’s attachment


With Velcro

  1. Wash and dry the material 
  2. Cut Velcro tape according to the patch size
  3. Peel off the liner and attach the Velcro to the patch
  4. Stick the patch onto the garment 


With fabric glue

  1. Lay the fabric on a flat surface and apply glue directly on the patch and the garment itself
  2. Wait for the glue to evaporate for two minutes before placing the patch onto the fabric
  3. Press the patch and leave the glue to dry for 24 hours


How Do You Sew A Patch By Hand?

  1. Wash, dry, and iron the garment you’ll patch
  2. Position and pin the patch in place, ensuring that it has no folds
  3. Thread the needle for about 20 inches, the same color as the patch
  4. Insert the needle ⅛ inch from the edge of the patch and begin sewing with straight stitches
  5. Remove pins before you reach them, then knot the thread after sewing around the patch
  6. Trim the excess thread at the bottom of the garment to finish


How Do You Make A Professional Patch?

  1. Load your desired patch design into the embroidery machine
  2. Put the water-soluble stabilizer in the correct size hoop
  3. Embroider a placement line onto the stabilizer, then place the patch fabric over the line
  4. Tack the patch into the stabilizer and make zigzag stitches around the edge of the material to connect the fabric to the stabilizer
  5. Cut the excess fabric and sew the elements of the patch with a satin border
  6. Remove the stabilizer by soaking it to finish
  7. Place an adhesive underneath the patch



And that’s it! You just learned how to sew patches on sleeves with sewing machine in two easy steps. You’re just essentially positioning it, then use zigzag stitch and same-color thread as the patch on the sewing machine. 

You can even attach patches without sewing using fabric glue, Velcro, or iron-on patches. We hope this was a helpful read. And for other sewing machine projects, feel free to browse our blog for tutorials like how to quilt with a sewing machine. 


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