What Is the Best Hand Stitch for Patches

Known for it’s exceptional quality and durability, this core-spun thread is designed to withstand frequent washes and strains, ensuring that your patches stay in place for a long time. Made from 100% polyester, this thread is particularly suitable for sergers, overlock machines, and Janome CoverPro family of machines, making it a versatile and reliable choice for all your patching needs.

What Is the Best Stitch to Sew on Patches?

When it comes to sewing on patches, there are various hand stitches to consider. One of the most popular and efficient stitches is the whip stitch. This stitch involves passing the needle in and out of the fabric, creating a secure and neat seam. It’s especially useful when attaching patches to fabrics that aren’t too thick or heavy.

Another commonly used stitch is the blanket stitch. This stitch is great for attaching patches to thicker fabrics or materials like denim or leather. The blanket stitch creates a decorative edge around the patch while also providing durability. It involves making diagonal stitches along the edge of the patch, forming a series of loops that resemble a blanket.

For patches that require a more invisible seam, the slip stitch is the way to go. This stitch involves catching a few threads from the patch and the fabric, creating a nearly invisible connection. It’s best suited for delicate fabrics or patches that require a seamless appearance.

If you prefer a stronger and more secure stitch, the backstitch is a great option. This stitch involves making overlapping stitches, resulting in a durable and long-lasting attachment. It’s recommended for patches that will be subject to heavy wear or strain.

When it comes to selecting the right thread for these stitches, Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread is a top choice. This high-quality thread is made of 100% core-spun polyester, ensuring long-lasting durability even through frequent washes or strain. It’s specifically designed for sergers/overlock and coverlock machines, making it a perfect fit for machines like the Janome CoverPro family.

The whip stitch, blanket stitch, slip stitch, and backstitch all have their advantages and can be chosen based on the specific requirements. Using a reliable thread like Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread ensures that your patches will stay securely attached for a long time.

How to Properly Prepare the Fabric Before Sewing on Patches

  • Inspect the fabric for any stains or marks.
  • Pre-treat any stains or marks using an appropriate stain remover.
  • Wash the fabric according to the care instructions provided.
  • Dry the fabric either by machine or air-drying, as recommended.
  • Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles or creases.
  • Place the fabric on a flat surface.
  • Position the patches on the desired areas of the fabric.
  • Pin the patches in place to ensure they don’t shift during sewing.
  • Thread the sewing machine with a suitable thread color.
  • Sew the patches onto the fabric using a straight stitch or zigzag stitch.
  • Remove the pins as you sew, being careful not to sew over them.
  • Trim any excess thread and remove any loose threads.
  • Inspect the fabric to ensure the patches are securely attached.


It’s strength and reliability make it an excellent choice for sergers/overlock and coverlock machines, such as the Janome CoverPro family. Whether you're repairing a patch or adding one to your clothing or accessories, using the Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread ensures that your patches will stay in place and endure the test of time.

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