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I_Am_Twigs
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« on: April 30, 2018, 05:48:15 PM »

So we have a set of shoulder boards at my squadron that I was allowed to take home and use to sew Velcro onto my blues. I was planning to use these but I have one problem, they have holes in them from when a C/Capt wore them. Is there any way I could get these holes out or would I have to go buy a new pair? I would like to use these because I don't want to go buy a new pair that are $30+, but I would also like them to look nice so I'm not walking around with holes in my boards.

Also any tips for sewing the Velcro in? I was planning to just do a couple strips on both ends, would that work well enough? I want it to be able to fit a cord under the board as well. I'm doing this on a newer style enlisted coat as well.

I had another question, but I've forgotten it guess I'll come back when I remember it  :P
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 07:14:41 PM »

Don't worry about the holes. They're not worth $30. If someone feels the need to nitpick, then they're wrong.

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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2018, 03:29:06 AM »

Don't sweat the holes, no will notice.

As to Velcro, if you go with a good heavy-duty / industrial type made for outdoor
use, and don't fiddle with them too mych, you should be able to glue them on without
sewing (or then maybe take a needle and hand-stitch the corners once they are glued.
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2018, 04:27:24 AM »

I would be VERY careful about "industrial" strength Velcro. Test it to see how much effort it takes to separate it. I have some that I had to put almost my full weight on to get apart. The stuff you can buy through Vanguard (or equivalent) is more than enough to hold on your shoulder boards.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2018, 11:47:25 AM »

Lost me.

Why are you sewing Velcro onto your Blues to hold on your shoulder boards? Slip them over the epaulets.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2018, 12:28:32 PM »

Lost me.

Why are you sewing Velcro onto your Blues to hold on your shoulder boards? Slip them over the epaulets.
The cadet is using an enlisted coat.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2018, 12:29:46 PM »

Lost me.

Why are you sewing Velcro onto your Blues to hold on your shoulder boards? Slip them over the epaulets.

Only the "Officers" version of the jacket has the epaulets. The "Enlisted" version doesn't have them.
The Enlisted version is cheaper and usually available since there are more Enlisted jackets out there.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2018, 02:36:02 PM »

By "industrial" I meant the adhesive, not the hooks and loops - you're right, some will
hook up so hard they could pull the material off the jacket.
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2018, 06:19:22 PM »

Lost me.

Why are you sewing Velcro onto your Blues to hold on your shoulder boards? Slip them over the epaulets.
The cadet is using an enlisted coat.

Gotcha.

I was picturing a short-sleeved Blues shirt.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2018, 11:31:09 PM »

Lost me.

Why are you sewing Velcro onto your Blues to hold on your shoulder boards? Slip them over the epaulets.
The cadet is using an enlisted coat.

Gotcha.

I was picturing a short-sleeved Blues shirt.

Yeah, we haven't worn shoulder boards on that shirt since about 1974.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2018, 12:01:01 AM »

So yes, no? Should I get new boards or figure out a way to fix these ones? I was thinking maybe sharpie would make the holes a little less noticeable, has anyone tried that? And the holes do bother me, I'll survive if they stay but I'd much rather have neat/hole free boards.
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2018, 12:34:27 AM »

Use the ones you have and ignore the holes.
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2018, 12:44:54 AM »

So yes, no? Should I get new boards or figure out a way to fix these ones? I was thinking maybe sharpie would make the holes a little less noticeable, has anyone tried that? And the holes do bother me, I'll survive if they stay but I'd much rather have neat/hole free boards.

In the old days, we used to pass them around. One set for C/2ndLt or C/Maj; another for two pips or diamonds, another for three. Or...wed just buy a second set before moving on to C/Maj (easier done when they cost $4.50 per pair).

The holes bothered me, when I wore shoulder boards. But there is no way to repair the holes. So, either live with them or buy another set. Your choice.


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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2018, 01:46:23 AM »

So yes, no? Should I get new boards or figure out a way to fix these ones? I was thinking maybe sharpie would make the holes a little less noticeable, has anyone tried that? And the holes do bother me, I'll survive if they stay but I'd much rather have neat/hole free boards.

In the old days, we used to pass them around. One set for C/2ndLt or C/Maj; another for two pips or diamonds, another for three. Or...wed just buy a second set before moving on to C/Maj (easier done when they cost $4.50 per pair).

The holes bothered me, when I wore shoulder boards. But there is no way to repair the holes. So, either live with them or buy another set. Your choice.

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And remember, it the holes bother you that much, you will end up buying two sets.  One now and one when you make C/Maj.

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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2018, 03:31:28 AM »

So yes, no? Should I get new boards or figure out a way to fix these ones? I was thinking maybe sharpie would make the holes a little less noticeable, has anyone tried that? And the holes do bother me, I'll survive if they stay but I'd much rather have neat/hole free boards.

In the old days, we used to pass them around. One set for C/2ndLt or C/Maj; another for two pips or diamonds, another for three. Or...wed just buy a second set before moving on to C/Maj (easier done when they cost $4.50 per pair).


I've been doing something similar with the ribbon racks, each time I return a rack I'll leave the cardboard that I used on the rack. I think I'll start something like that with the shoulder boards, we need more shoulder boards in the squadron anyway.
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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2018, 03:54:31 PM »

I have an idea (might want to find you nearest bunker. ;D jk), what if a drop some clear glue or something then color it over with sharpie? Literally just came up with this and was wondering if it actually would work.
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« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2018, 04:08:27 PM »

No, no, NO! Glue will smear the uniform. The fabric mends itself when taking to the cleaners. Or if a shirt, when you wash it.
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« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2018, 04:20:09 PM »

No, no, NO! Glue will smear the uniform. The fabric mends itself when taking to the cleaners. Or if a shirt, when you wash it.

I'm talking about the shoulder boards and filling in the holes from captain/1st Lt insignia
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« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2018, 04:32:24 PM »

So I tried the sharpie, it does make the holes a little less noticeable but they're still there. I'm thinking about dropping glue to fill in the holes then color that over. And just to clarify, this is all on the cadet shoulder boards, not the uniform.

Has anyone tried the glue? I might just try it and if it doesn't work then I guess I owe the squadron a pair of shoulder boards  ::)
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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2018, 05:24:39 PM »

So...there's just no chance you FIMO this?

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