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Sewing machine?

metalmaciejmetal
Thu, 09/03/2017 - 22:27

Most of my patches were all hand stitched. My second battle jacket im working on, I machine sewed my massive back patch. It turned out OK, ut it could have been done better. The material was basically a large piece of canvas with a silk screen.

My question is, what is your technique? Do you sew small patches with a sewing machine? Are you capable of doing that well?


grime81

either way can look great if you do it well, i personally prefer by hand, but ive seen alot of good work with the machine, whatever if more comfortable for you

Thrashattck94

I ask my mum to do the sewing because I am to sewing what a man with bollards for hands is to pottery.

Piss

We all would have guessed.

jenn_devilz

i sew mine by hand. i'll post my camo work in progress after i get moved next week.

Metaldemon

I hand sewn my patches on using a whip stitch on all of them.

Suff Sleazy

Sometimes I ask my mom to sew some on with the sewing machine and it's so much faster than hand sewing. Saves a ton of time. I need to learn how to use it myself :P

John Christ

I like the ritual of listening to the band you sew on, gettin a little bit drunk and sewing it on by hand.

jenn_devilz

If i could drink I totally would do that next time!!! The medicine I need wont allow me to drink alcohol :(

John Christ

I guess it works fine without getting wasted aswell, haha.

Metaldemon

The reason I went with hand whip stitch is when I used to go to concerts and mosh pits within those venues the patches stayed on and wouldnt fray around the edges and looks good when using a different color thread. IMHO.

metalmaciejmetal

That's seems like a really time consuming method. Do you use thick threads that would actually have enough contrast?

I've seen those ones with white thread on black patches, looks pretty cool but i don't know how they manage that with such thick threads.

Metaldemon

Gotta use embroidery thread its very strong and sometimes tent and awning thread. Id get that shit at a army surplus store. Gotta fuckin find my old jackets!!!!! Damn it!! Lol!!

Fimbulvintr

I sew all mine by hand, though it is a bit time consuming playing your favorite album by the band whose patch you're sewing really helps.

Bit of a sidenote but I will admit it can be a real pain if you're sewing over chest pockets and don't want to sew them shut. For each of my chest pocket patches, I spent about an hour on each since nobody's hands are made to hold and pass a needle in such small areas. I know a lot of people just sew them shut but what I like to do is put my wallet in there during shows as to not drop it in a pit. They also come in handy for your car keys so that's a plus

jenn_devilz

Well next time i see a little person im gonna be like hey you!! Ya got small hands? Yea? Well hey i got a few patches to sew and i cant get my hands in the pockets for the needlework to sew, would you like to help!? The prob is i never see little people anywhere. And i know there are little people metal heads!!!

Metaldemon

"Carneys........small hands......smell like cabbage"

jenn_devilz

Circus folk lolz

Metaldemon

Fuck yeah! I had my Aunt sew the patches on all 4 pockets for me you need a small hand for that shit. All mine are whip stitched. I learned to sew by hand when I was 11 that was back 1982. Sewing by hand is the way togo!! Absolutely agree.

metalmaciejmetal

I hear what you're saying about the pockets. My denim jacket (that I haven't posted yet) i haven't had a need to sew the breast pockets yet, but that's key to have access to those pockets. When i was at Wacken that's were i had my wad of cash, pocket buttoned, it was in front of me at all times.

I did though sew shut one of the side pockets by accident and as well at the interior picket. I'll be more careful with the other side when the time comes.

TStorm

Yeah sewing by hand is the way to go imo. And it doesnt really take that long to do one patch, at least for me patch jackets are more a long-term project anyway so doing them one at a time isnt that annoying. For BPs I can maybe see the point of a machine, but you only do a BP once so I found it worthwhile to just sit down and take the time to do it properly by hand

An Overdose Of Mkultra

I sew EVERYTHING by hand, including back patches. I started that way because I felt it would add a deeper personal touch (I'm a sentimental fuck), now I do it because at its thickest point my German style vest has six layers and at its thinnest, three (it's made from two vests and I overlap patches, plus I've added pockets and whatever). About half of it can't even be fully penetrated by a handheld needle, so I have to stitch to the outer surface and not all the way through.

Metaldemon

Sounds like you need to find yourself another jacket brada!!! I have 2 but can't find them I haven't worn them since 1991. Probably eaten by every fuckin moth on the planet by now.

An Overdose Of Mkultra

Hahaha never!
Mine's only four years old... I've tried to start side projects but I just can't follow through haha

Metaldemon

Understandable. I need to dig that shit up. Now I'm motivated!!. I've got fuckin patches and pins I sewed on there from 1983.

An Overdose Of Mkultra

Holy shit! Definitely do, would love to see.

metalmaciejmetal

Well that explains those crazy jackets with overlapping patches. I would figure it needs to be done with a machine. Going by hand through such thickness must be a painful with a needle.

Metaldemon

Nope! There was very few at least where I lived that had that many patches pre- internet we all handsewed over hand or whip stitched some had mommy or granny sew them on a machine. I wish I had my jacket here with me id show you guys what a true 80s jacket looked liked. There's a couple on the web I'm sure. Ripping your sleeves off was not very common and if you were in with a group of guys you put what ever patches were available at the record stores or what your group listened too at the time. Keep mind we were all teenagers 1982-1990. We hand stitched mostly.

MetalHorror

Machine is best. Infinitely stronger stiches. About 500%-1000% faster. Neater. Nicer. Cleaner. The foot of the machine keeps your patch in place. I found a used machine in my area on a buy/sell website for like 70 bucks Canadian. So worth it. No way my vest would have turned out as neat without a machine. And again. The stitches are waaaaay stronger!

metalmaciejmetal

I borrow my mom's sewing machine. Old school sewing machine from West Germany. Problem for me is the machine moves too fast and i worry I might fuck up the stitch if im doing a small 2 x 2 patch.

Metaldemon

If done right with heavy duty tent awning and sometimes fishing line with a whip stitch those fuckers aren't coming off even if you thru a M80 at it. Jacket looks more hand done IMHO but machine is good too. I never knew how to use one so I had to hand stitch and if you want your pockets to work sorry hand stitch is mandatory bud!! But hey!!! Its all personal preference!! Looks good what ever you use. I just used liked to hand stitch blasting thrash metal in my little ears back in the day while doing it!!

MetalHorror

Yeah my machine has a pressure sensitive pedal you can go slow or fast.
Upholstery Thread is the best choice. Thin diameter, rot proof, water proof, rip proof.
Well obviously youd have to stitch where pockets are by hand... but as for the rest of the vest's patches id choose machine. My vest would have taken 5-10 times longer if i sewed it by hand. Too tedious. I used to sew all my old vests by hand. No way id even attempt to waste that much time hand sewing an all-over kutte. My vest has over 25 hours on the machine this figure would be 100 hours or more sewn by hand.. my verdict; fuck that!

Metaldemon

2 thumbs up MetalHorror my brada!!!!............... What's a kutte by the way?

MetalHorror

Thanks man!!
Its the German term for a vest completely covered by patches

Metaldemon

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