16 THE VERSATILITY OF CUSTOM PATCHES
Embroidered patches were previously known as a preserve of the army and other uniformed personnel. Over time however, they’ve become great fashion accessories. They’re custom made to suit a customer’s taste. Schools on the other hand have embraced such patches in their school uniforms to include the school logo. But most importantly, most companies and organizations have adopted these patches for their employees. These patches may be put caps, shirts or t-shirts, jackets among others.
Types of embroidered patches
The most common type is the iron on patch. This is because their application is very easy coupled with the fact that it can be applied semi-permanently. They have the advantages of only requiring basic care and being washable. These patches have an adhesive heat-seal backing which upon subjection to iron heat or heat from a press machine melts and can attach to the fabric. Sew on patches are highly durable being that they are permanent. These patches are a very good addition to a vintage look. They can also be used in sleepwear and undergarments. They appear to be flexible unlike iron on patches because they lack the thick heat seal back. Stick on patches are uncommon but good for patches only positioned temporarily. Just like for iron on patches they can be sewn for applications that are permanent. In addition, they also may be used to embellish projects or backpacks.
Types of non-embroidered patches
Very few lovers of patches have heard about the non-embroidered patches owing to the widespread use of the embroidered patches. These also come in different types. Printed patches are the most common type. Recently the demand for printed t-shirts is on the rise and these patches are equally becoming popular especially among the youths. Woven patches are woven labels spun into amazing styles and are a great alternative for those who wish to wean themselves off embroidered patches. Soft rubber PVC patches are distinct from all other patches. They are made of soft PVC and molded into your preferred color. Chenille patches are fuzzy and very soft. They are common on jackets worn by college and high school athletes. They take the shapes of letters or the sport emblem of the sport the students participate in.
Backing options for embroidered patches
Due to the preference by a good number of people to have semi-permanent patches companies have had to use a variety of backing options to meet the different tastes by clients. The magnet backing covers the backside of a patch and can attach to any metal surface. Heat seal material may be used as well and is ironed to attach to the fabric. Pellon backing is an opaque material that seals in the threads of the patch making them patch stiff. Pressure sensitive backing may be temporary or permanent. Plastic backing applied to the back helps seal the threads in as well as stiffen the patch. The Velcro backing has the sole advantage of easy application and detachment.
Depending on your choice and preferred patch it is easier to decide what works for you as you order.
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