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    Best Way to put patches on Leather Jackets??

    I want to put some motorcycle manufacturers patches on my leather Ducati jacket---Jawa and Moto Guzzi, NOT Ace Cafte and Ton Up......good conversation starters and all. Not an original Ducati jacket, a $60 ebay leather knock off that has served me pretty well, even in a get off. Glad I put that Armour in the shoulders.... Jacket came with some brand patches of stuff I don't have, so I would like to remove those then cover the spaces, and holes, with the new patches.

    I know that sewing would be the best way to attach them, but my choices would be to sew right thru the liner, or open up the liner so that I could just sew thru the leather, then resew the liner, which would be way past my skills, and expensive to have done by a tailor.

    Has anyone had luck gluing patches to leather jackets? Product and technique advice? I would want a glue that was really permanent and stayed flexible.

    Maybe velcro, then if I traded the Guzzi for a Gilera I could just swap them out?? ;-)}

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    I pay professionals to do that kind of stuff. Since Spyder Leatherworks is no longer available, my next jobs will go to Barnacle Bill in Kentucky. He used to work for Lou Sneddon and bout out Lou's Leathers when Lou retired.
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    You should talk to an alteration place, near you. I think you would be surprised at how cheap it would be.
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    Yes, an alterations place would be your best bet. What you're describing (separate the liner, sew in the patch, repair the liner) is a half-hour job for an experienced seamstress. You /might/ pay $15? If it were more than that I'd be surprised.

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    You could do the same thing as done by military fliers - sew on Velcro to the leather and patch. That way you can change your patches as deemed necessary.
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    Also, try a trophy shop. Those places that do letter man jackets for the local high schools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccitycafe View Post
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    If you want to take the time to sew them, you can do it like the Native Americans used to do their beadwork. Go through the patch, then just catch the surface layer of the leather. You can bend the leather and put the needle through across the bend, if that helps. Leather is tough. The thread will go through the little tunnel without having to go through the full thickness, and hold just fine. Practice on a scrap until you get the hang of it.
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