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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:06 PM - Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #1

    Yes, I know i can sew them on, but man! That leather is THICK! Isn't there another way to do this? Fabric glue perhaps? Anyone have any experience in leatherwork or at least another option?
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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:07 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #2

    Poke your holes first with an awl.
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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:14 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #3

    I was poking around Jo-Ann fabrics the other day and noticed they sold a "patch glue" in the adhesive section. It's supposed to attach patches with no sewing needed.
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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:20 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #4

    jackdoud said: View Post
    I was poking around Jo-Ann fabrics the other day and noticed they sold a "patch glue" in the adhesive section. It's supposed to attach patches with no sewing needed.
    I have some of it but there is no mention of leather.
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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:21 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #5

    Sulla said: View Post
    Poke your holes first with an awl.
    How do you keep his head from spinning around?








    What?
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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:28 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #6

    All patches on my Leathers I have put on at a local tailor shop.
    They sew them on for 5 or 6 bucks. Saves me time and hassle and they don't come off.
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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:29 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #7

    a lot of drycleaner/ alteration places around here will put a patch on for like 10 bucks
    look for one that specializes in leather
    they all seem to be run by ancient chinese ladies
    and an awl is like a sharp nail on a handle
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    Sep 30, 2009, 3:29 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #8

    jinx
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    Sep 30, 2009, 4:10 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #9

    darthinvictus said: View Post
    and an awl is like a sharp nail on a handle
    Dude, seriously? I know what an awl is! Sheesh! The damn things keep me up at night with all their hooting! What do you think I am, an idiot?
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    Sep 30, 2009, 4:17 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #10

    shoot far son
    i know yas from tulsa
    where thare aint nothin but steers and well...... other stuff
    dang ole hoot awls
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    Sep 30, 2009, 4:17 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #11

    I don't know about leather, but we (at PatchGeeks) have tried almost everything out there to attach patches to jackets and shirts.

    The fabric glue worked so-so.

    A few months ago, on a whim, we tried Mighty Mendit (it was on sale at Walgreens ). And I'll be damned if it's not the best stuff we've found for attaching patches.

    This stuff works. And it stays on.

    We've even added a page on our site and linked to a place where you can buy it online.

    http://www.scifigeeks.com/information.php/info_id/11

    I know it's one of those Billy Mays TV sales things, but we were all surprised at just how well this worked and stayed on.

    This is, by far, the best stuff we've found for attaching patches to fabric. I'd be willing to try it on leather, especially if you were going to sew the patch on anyway. If it did anything to the finish, you could at least sew the patch over it.
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    Sep 30, 2009, 4:37 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #12

    darthinvictus said: View Post
    shoot far son
    i know yas from tulsa
    where thare aint nothin but steers and well...... other stuff
    dang ole hoot awls
    That's what I'm talkin' about!
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    Oct 8, 2009, 3:06 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #13

    I use a leather glue I found at Jo-ann's (or wal-mart I dont remember)

    I used it to glue patches on my motorcycle vest.

    The trick I found is the patch itself.

    If the patch has a cloth, untreated backside, the leather glue works great!
    The patches stay on at 70mph :-)

    If its coated with wax (or whatever they use to make it shiney and smooth) the glue does NOT work.

    Hope it helps
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    Dec 10, 2012, 11:05 AM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #14

    Use Loctite® PL Premium® FAST GRAB Polyurethane Construction Adhesive... It works...

    Sewing patches is ideal - especially when it's an historical repro. You want it down to the OD thread, yadda, yadda, yadda... BUT? Most places sew right through the jacket/vest. I've seen them sew right through an inside or outside pocket. The good ones remove the lining. They charge more than $10 - at least the ones I've worked with.

    Flight Suits / G&B does it right. If that's what you want, give them a call.

    For myself? The only one I've done myself is a Sons of Anarchy cut. I did it the way they do them for the show - Loctite® PL Premium® FAST GRAB Polyurethane Construction Adhesive. They tell me they got that "tip" from a couple Hell's Angles from Oakland.

    On that note? "They" recommended getting repros from WizardPatch. LOL - Because FOX has locked down the IP on Sons, the only really identical repros come from these guys who make and ship from China. No sticky IP-related laws. The company is based in Australia...

    Oh - the awl idea? I hope that's a joke. You really think that's how to sew on leather? Cut your steaks with an axe?
    Last edited by Patterson; Dec 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM. Reason: typo...
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    Dec 10, 2012, 12:13 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #15

    I have used a product called "leatherweld" with great results. If you really want to hand sew them on yourself, use a thin "glovers needle", you'll need to use a thimble to push the needle through, but it will go MUCH easier than trying it with a fabric needle.
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    Dec 10, 2012, 1:07 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #16

    I had the same problem with my BPRD leather patch, i ended up taking it to a tailor and he was able to sew it on there nice and tight. Glue will only hold for so long, but if you plan on wearing it, definitely have it sewn on so it lasts.
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    Dec 17, 2012, 9:44 AM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #17

    Bigdaddy said: View Post
    I have used a product called "leatherweld" with great results. If you really want to hand sew them on yourself, use a thin "glovers needle", you'll need to use a thimble to push the needle through, but it will go MUCH easier than trying it with a fabric needle.
    Yep! A glover's or one of the thin/flat upholstery needles works well with a thimble. Adhesives can work alright for small patches - but things like rocker patches or squadron patches deserve the extra $25-$40 they deserve to attach properly.

    The cut in the attached pic - paid $120 to attach the 4 patches on the back, plus 4 more (small bar patches) on the front. You cannot get good adhesion and flexibility on those rockers or that reaper with glue - and the patch set's worth a good $300-$500 if you could buy it.
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    Dec 17, 2012, 9:59 AM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #18

    Used rubber cement on my first jacket but now I just get Velcro sewn on by a tailor.
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    Dec 17, 2012, 10:04 AM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #19

    I gorilla glued a big patch on the sleeve of my jacket.. I've had it for years and wore it in the garage all last winter working on cars and have washed it a hundred times.
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    Dec 17, 2012, 10:50 AM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #20

    TrioxinKustoms said: View Post
    I gorilla glued a big patch on the sleeve of my jacket.. I've had it for years and wore it in the garage all last winter working on cars and have washed it a hundred times.
    Gorilla Glue is awesome stuff. Just be careful in that the amber color can bleed through on a white cloth background. Again - for small patches only? The glue becomes very stiff.

    Places to ask? Harley Davidson dealers and large local sporting goods retailers. Contact the local high school and ask where the kids get their letterman jackets setup.
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    Dec 17, 2012, 10:56 AM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #21

    PS. I like this picture upload feature. It prevents Moderators and Admins from hacking into and altering my documents. ;-)
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    Duct tape!
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    Jan 25, 2013, 4:48 PM - Re: Best way to attatch patches to leather jacket? #23

    Patterson said: View Post
    Use Loctite® PL Premium® FAST GRAB Polyurethane Construction Adhesive... It works...

    Sewing patches is ideal - especially when it's an historical repro. You want it down to the OD thread, yadda, yadda, yadda... BUT? Most places sew right through the jacket/vest. I've seen them sew right through an inside or outside pocket. The good ones remove the lining. They charge more than $10 - at least the ones I've worked with.

    Flight Suits / G&B does it right. If that's what you want, give them a call.

    For myself? The only one I've done myself is a Sons of Anarchy cut. I did it the way they do them for the show - Loctite® PL Premium® FAST GRAB Polyurethane Construction Adhesive. They tell me they got that "tip" from a couple Hell's Angles from Oakland.

    On that note? "They" recommended getting repros from WizardPatch. LOL - Because FOX has locked down the IP on Sons, the only really identical repros come from these guys who make and ship from China. No sticky IP-related laws. The company is based in Australia...

    Oh - the awl idea? I hope that's a joke. You really think that's how to sew on leather? Cut your steaks with an axe?
    After reading this info, I used the fast grab stuff and applied some patches to my Lil Joe's vest to make a replica SOA vest. It worked great! Thanks for the help Patterson!

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