If you ever read one of my reviews you know by now that I don’t like patches. I do understand that patches are important and they play a huge part for an athlete’s income but I’m not a professional athlete and do not see myself getting a sponsorship anytime soon.
I come from a more traditional Judo background where no patches are allowed and kimonos are suppose to be white or blue and that’s it. I do, however love that BJJ is open to allow different color gis and brands with different styles, but I think that some brands exaggerate on their “branding” on some gi models. But you don’t have to set for that, you can easily remove patches from any gi and I’ll show you how:
Ok, so you decided you would like to take off a patch from your gi but don’t want to ruin it! Don’t panic it’s simpler than you think. This is what you are going to need:
- A sharp SEAM RIPPER. (you can get one of those at Amazon for $2)
ANATOMY OF A PATCH
For this guide I’ll remove the lapel patch of my Tatami Estilo 3.0. The patch is just a piece of fabric that is sewed on the gi by one or two rows of stitches.
If you flip the inside of the jacket you’ll be able to see the rows, on this patch we have two rows of black stitches:
I suggest starting from the back so you don’t damage the patch if you want to use it for something else later, also make sure you have the CORRECT row of stitches as some patches may overlap.
With the seam reaper use the sharp point to go under the thread and push the reaper all the way until it cuts. I don’t think it really matters where you start so I’m starting in the middle so you can see it better:
Now, depending on the patch and fabric of the gi you can lift up the patch and push it, the stitches will start to pop-out. If you can’t do that because you’re close to damaging the fabric, push the patch away from the gi and use the sharp blade on the inside of the Seam Reaper to cut the threads.
Be careful on places where the threads overlap each other, like on the picture below. If you push the patch too hard you might damage the other threads. On spots like this I suggest turning the gi over to carefully cut the CORRECT ones.
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