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    Patches on an Aeronaut 45

    Was thinking of either ironing on or sewing on some patches from the places Iíve visited onto my ballistic Aeronaut 45. Is this a thing and if so, anyone have any tips?


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    I've sewn patches on a Pop Tote because it was easy to get to the back side of the fabric because the Pop Tote is not lined. I used a very fine sharp needle. I basted the patches on first so they wouldn't move because I didn't want to use pins (which would distort the fabric) or glue (in case I ever wanted to remove the patches).

    Since the A45 is lined and has pockets, it makes it very difficult to move any needle to the backside of the fabric. I couldn't do a running stitch in the ballistic fabric. I had to stab from the front straight to the back and from the back straight through to the front. Even in the Pop Tote, I found this challenging.

    I'd be concerned about ruining the ballistic fabric if I did a glue on patch since those usually require heat to set them, but perhaps someone else could comment about gluing on patches.

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    I have not done so, but I wanted to suggest bringing it to a tailor. They would probably have the proper tools and know-how for sewing onto thick ballistic fabric. They probably wouldnít charge too much either since itís a pretty straight forward job.


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    I've sewn patches onto my S25 using a curved tapestry needle to avoid the lining. That ballistic is TOUGH to get through and the A45 fabric is even thicker.

    Could you do it? Maybe? I could see the needle strength being an issue (able not just to pierce the fabric but hold it's shape as you force it through). Would it be worth the time, frustration, and pain? Nope. I wouldn't use glue either, I don't think it would stick particularly well, eventually it'd fall off and leave an ugly glue residue. Plus I'd be afraid if it needed heat, that would damage the fabric.

    I understand your desire, I just don't think it'll work very well on the A45. Plus, there's the warranty to consider. This would certainly void it (at least as far as the fabric is concerned).
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    Looking at my A30, the only places that look easy to sew onto are the front hatch panel and the very tops of the side zipper pockets: single thickness and easy to reach inside for needle control near the top. Warranty? Your choice. Might compromise the water resistance a bit, too.

    Iron-ons will not last long on this type of luggageófabric is fuzzy, too much flexing and external abrasion.

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