Greetings. I was wondering if anyone could give me the green-light to stitch on my breast eagle. I am hoping to use this M40 tunic for a mid-late war Heer loadout. I say loadout, because It's for airsoft, and not reenactment. Although, I do love being accurate! Now onto my main concerns. I know that I have to zigzag stitch it on, but what color thread should I use? Also, is my eagle "ugly"? It's not cut entirely straight, but in my opinion, it looks "battle-hardened". Also, I have already researched this. Everyone's eagles seem to be retailer-applied, and the thread color varies. Thanks WW2AA! i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb435/TeutonicMilitaria/426392_306948302698751_100001507518797_896859_1743762409_n.jpg EDIT: I'll try to fix the photo later on today, but following the link for now can't be too bad!
Being of SS, i don't know much about heer insignia. your eagle appearers to be BEVO, and most likely was mounted on a large square correct? I don't know if its the same but i know with my hat insignia you do not cut the insignia out, but rather cut and fold the extra parts behind the insignia.
I have hand sewn on most all of my insignia. LET THE STITCH NAZIS BARK AT ME! My insignia being black I have just used black thread. I should assume you would use a green or field Grey (depending on the color of your tunic and insignia) thread.
I don't know if I have helped at all, but I hope i have.
Post by aldrichkiesel on Feb 29, 2012 14:38:13 GMT -5
German patches and breast eagles tend to differ depending on what year of the war you are trying to depict. You can find cases early war where soldiers were expected to keep their collar tabs and eagles from uniform to uniform and therefore they were hand sewn in the field. Similarly in the late war era many were hand sewn onto any uniform lying around, even dress tunics. Commonly, as you have said, they are factory applied with a zig zag pattern. If you look up original breast eagles that vendors are selling online you can see many examples of this. Often they were cut right off of a uniform and you can see just how they were sewn on. Even on most of the m44 eagle patches you can see that they were machine sewn. Then again, I personally own a Kriegsmarine breast eagle that was hand sewn only in the corners in little dots. If at all possible I would fold the edges over if you have not cut them out already. It provides a smoother edge and prevents the fabric from unraveling. As far as thread goes I would just try to match the thread already used on your tunic. If you don't have access to a machine or find one hard to use just get out the old needle and thread and plug away doing the best job you can. I have hand sewn on my insignia so far and unless you get really close you cannot tell that the zig zag was not machined.
Thanks for the replies. Yes, my eagle did come in a square, and sadly I already cut it out. Judging by the replies, I'm guessing my eagle and tunic are set up for a late war look; which I don't mind! I'll be using a greenish thread to sew my eagle in, and I'll use the machine, as I am not as talented with the needle and thread as before.
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