UGH!!! I feel like I'm failing my first military wife duty. And I thought deployment was a PITA!! FI puts on SSgt next week. So, I'm sewing new patches on one of his shirts so he can change into it after the ceremony (or whatever it is). I can tell that his mom used a machine on his old patches, but I'm afraid to use mine. It's a brand new machine (xmas gift from his parents) so I'm not used to it and I don't want to break any needles. I'm hand sewing these patches. Now, I went into this fully confident. I have a strong needle, I sewed DD's patches on her tae kwon do uniform perfectly, I got this. UUUhhhhh, no. Going through the patch plus the thick fabric of his blouse is painful (for my fingers)! And forget about going through the part of the patch that has the stripes on it! No needle can get through that. It's like the chastity belt of military patches. This is my first "I'm a military wife" endeavor and I'm failing miserably! FI came home last night, took one look at my fingers and said "Do you want me to just send them to the tailor?" No way! I'm not letting this beat me. I CAN do this....at least on this shirt. I think I may let him send the rest out to get sewn on. Especially considering the fact that he's getting all new uniforms (plus blues). No way I'm destroying my fingers to do ALL the patches on all his uniforms.