Help With Leather Patch Stitching

Discussion in 'Jacket Art / Patches - Original and Reproduction' started by Andrew Withington, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. Andrew Withington

    Andrew Withington New Member

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    Looking for examples/pics/instructions how to stitch a leather A2 squadron patch onto a flight jacket. I'm interested in the vintage technique where the stitch comes over the patch’s outer edge. Thanks !
     
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    Me too nice one Art
     
  3. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    I guess I'm not hip to this vintage technique. There was decorative stitching done mostly in Class As but without examples hard to know what you want to pull off. Otherwise just a whip stitch to keep it on? Really either way it's basic hand stitching. Not much to write about. YouTube might give you the needed hints.
    Dave
     
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    Dave's right, I've handled a few flying jackets with patches ranging from WWII up until modern and the WWII stuff seemed to be almost exclusively hand sewn. Saying that the quality of the sewing on the ones I've seen has varied greatly, from very close stitching and beautifully executed to real slap-dash "let's just whack the bloody thing on and go to the pub" quality.

    If you want to do it yourself just take your time and you're probably best to go through the lining (like most wartime examples) as if you don't want to go through the lining then the job becomes a 1,000 times more complicated. Do it as they did it back then, without too much worrying about it, that pilot back in the war didn't worry too much about it, he either did it himself or got one of the other ranks to do it for him, the main thing was getting it on the jacket. If you were escorting bombers to Germany or on bombers to Germany, the last thing you were going to worry about is whether, your squadron patch was sewn on nicely!
     
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    I know I know of course I’ve thought if they could do it back then surely I can especially as I use my hands day to day to make a living fitting carpets xxxx it I gonna go for it thanks guys nice one Art
     
  6. Andrew Withington

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    Thanks guys!
     

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