How to Sew on a Motorcycle Patch


Do you love motorcycles? If you are a biker fan, you would love a personalized biker jacket. You can get one without joining a biker gang or spending a bundle of your hard-earned cash---It's easier and cheaper than you think. In minutes you can show the world your passion for motorcycles by sewing a motorcycle patch on a jacket you have in your closet.

Things You'll Need

  • Jacket
  • Motorcycle patch
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Purchase a motorcycle patch. You can find patches online at many websites including for $1.99 to $15.99 in a plethora of patterns including skulls and crossbones, armed forces, eagles, bat wings, crosses and almost anything else you can imagine. You can also custom design your motorcycle patch for $35 to $150 (see resources).

  • Pick your thread and needle. If you are sewing on a cotton or polyester jacket, you can use regular thread (typically a 50/50 cotton-polyester blend). But, if your jacket is leather, do not use thread that contains cotton. The tanning material used to treat the leather in your jacket will react with the cotton and rot the thread. Instead use 100% polyester or nylon. Pick a color that best matches the outside edge of the patch. You want people to notice the patch, not the thread.
    The same rule applies for the needle. Standard needles work on cotton jackets, but you will need a special leather needle that is heavier and stronger to sew a patch on a leather jacket.

  • Determine where the patch will go. Do not use a ruler to perfectly center your patch. Remember, jackets are to be worn and your body is not flat. Have someone pin the patch where you want it, while you are wearing the jacket. This way you can really see how the patch will look. Remember, once you sew the patch on, it is not easy to remove it and move it. So, be careful and precise.

  • Start sewing. Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end. Take your needle underneath the patch and come up through the jacket and patch and pull the thread tight to anchor it. Move the needle about an 1/8 of an inch and bring the needle back through the patch and out through the jacket. Bring the thread back up and pull it through. Continue this process until you have gone all the way around the patch.

  • Secure the end. When you have made it back to your first stitch, pull the thread through the patch out through the jacket. Anchor the last stitch by backstitching over your beginning and end to anchor the thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • The same process works for sewing motorcycle patches on other articles of clothing or fabric (like flags).

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