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Today I learned that Badge Magic is pure evil. In order to remove a few experienced badges that had been adhered with the product onto a similarly experienced shirt, it took three hours from the initial hot iron to soften the adhesive to pulling the shirt out of its second wash cycle.

The workflow:
  • hot iron to soften the adhesive and pull the patches off

  • repeated ironing of white paper to get the adhesive to transfer to the paper and off the patches

  • putting the shirt in the sink and soaking the sticky areas with Goo Gone, letting sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing at it

  • more ironing with clean paper

  • rinsing the shirt with dish soap and applying Cadie Stubborn Stain Stick before trip #1 through the washer

  • scraping remaining adhesive goo off the patches, finally cutting a good chunk of the backing off a world Scouting crest (basically interfacing, but it was hard and crystallized like it had been superglued at some point)

  • pulling the shirt out of the wash to find significant goo still on it; first I try nail polish remover on it, get nothing, then rinse and try canola oil, let sit ten minutes, scrub and put back through the wash

  • iron the salvaged patches to fusible interfacing to prevent future goo transfer, zig-zag the pack numerals together to make a cleaner line on the sleeve

  • pull the shirt out of the wash, pleased with the minimal goo left and pin the badges on, ready to sew.

Since I'm putting badges on three shirts tonight, I'm going one thread color at a time so I'm done with all red top threads (pack numerals and the top half of the council shoulder patches) and just started navy blue top threads (all remaining patches and the bottom of the CSP); I'm switching out bobbin colors as I go too since there's one khaki shirt and two navy. Whee.

Tomorrow I am putting the finishing touches on the den flag and look forward to a great first pack meeting of the year. I even decoupaged a couple of wooden neckerchief slides with Japanese paper -- one tiger, one dragon -- to add to the raffle swag for the Scouts that attend pack meetings. w00t.

edit 2300: Vogon came out while I was finishing up the sewing and suggested I try alcohol. It took the remaining goo right off and removed the lingering smoke smell the shirt had. I told him I hate him for having such an easy solution. (:


Sep. 21st, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
This is a dumb question, but why can't they just give you new badges? I mean, they have to expect that the kids are going to hit a growth spurt at certain points. That, or use something easier to attach?

Sep. 21st, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Parents are expected to buy the basic badges -- a council shoulder patch, unit numerals, a den number and a world Scouting crest, which costs about $5 all together. The pack provides rank badges, special event badges and so on.

Until Badge Magic came out, attaching the badges was either done by sewing or a spray adhesive. I prefer either of those methods to Badge Magic because they're easier to remove later on and the shirts will wear like iron for future hand-me-downs. (I'm not kidding about that, the uniform shirt I wear was my brother's a decade ago and was probably "experienced" before that since his troop has a well-stocked cache of experienced uniform parts.)

I've been sewing badges on shirts this week because all of our new Scouts are setting up their uniform shirts for the first time.
Sep. 21st, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
They have something called Badge Magic??? Why didn't I know this? I started to hand sew all 12 of the badges we had to put on our uniforms, got disgusted after 2 and took it to a local tailor. He sewed them all on beautifully and pressed the shirts to boot.

I hate paying someone else to do something that simple, but there was no way I was going to be able to stitch all 12 before class.

Is this like liquid stitch???
Sep. 21st, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Badge Magic: http://www.badgemagic.com/

You can always call me if you need badges sewn on. It takes me about ten minutes to attach all the badges to a Scout shirt and half of that's because I touch all the loose ends with Fray Chek before I trim them.

Badge Magic is a double-sided adhesive sheet. I think Liquid Stitch is more like Fray Chek.
Dec. 24th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Badges and glue
It's the night before Christmas eve and I'm trying to put the badges on my grandson's shirt so his parents can give it to him for Christmas. I'm a little tired and a lot stressed, so I decided to use liquid stitch! Oops, not the best idea. The first thing I did was put the biggest badge in the wrong spot. Now I've spent 2 hours trying to get the liquid stitch out! Ouch! They could send someone to the moon with this stuff. Finally tried alcohol and got it out especially after I stopped sipping it and actually rubbed it on the shirt. Now I'm washing the shirt, again and will sew the things on when it dries, which should be about midnight. I should have done it right in the first place! Happy Holidays!


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