Last week I gave out the new badges. These are to be sewn onto the left arm at a point about half way between the top of the shoulder and the elbow. As you can see from the pic, the crease from where you fold your kendogi serves as a centre line.
The badge's backing has a glue that is activated by heat. When you get the right placement, iron the badge down. It is not a permanent bond but will hold well enough to allow you to sew it in place. Take care with the heat setting so as not to melt the embroidery!
Please take care and do a good job. Otherwise I might have to get the unpicker onto it; I'm not joking!
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