Custom embroidered patches are made of multi-colored threads and a fabric backing. They usually feature logos of certain organizations including various government units, military, school, companies, foundations, businesses, sports team, scouting clubs, and etc. In the military, color and image applied on the patches are of significant meanings. For example, the lion symbolizes courage and the color blue denotes loyalty among the soldiers.
Custom patches became more popular and widely used by the smallest to the largest organizations when other processes were made possible. Computerized machines enable dye application to the bases of the patches to apply the design and images. Woven patches were also invented.
Among all types of patches, custom embroidered patches remain the most popular. Actually, each of the types has their own strengths and weaknesses so you have to examine them first to know which one is really the best for your organization. Here are your choices.
These patches are commonly attached to uniforms, hats, bags, sneakers, and jackets. They usually carry the brand name of the products. The bases of embroidered patches are twills. The twills can be half covered or fully covered with threads depending on the design.
The advantage of embroidered patches is their durability. The threads do not wear off even after many washes. The disadvantage is the limitation with the design. Small lettering is not ideal with custom embroidered patches as the letters would not appear legible. Too much detail may also create messy-looking patches.
Twills are also the base of woven custom patches. They are basically similar with embroidered patches. The only difference is the thread used. Woven patches require thinner threads known as micro-polyester threads. Because of this, they can accommodate more elaborate designs and smaller texts. The finish is also smoother than that of embroidered patches.
Woven patches can have different shapes and sizes. They could follow the shape of the design; for example human faces, landmarks, statues, towers, buildings, landscapes, vehicles, and animals.
These modern patches make use of silk-screen printing to apply the customer’s preferred design on the bases of the patches. Silk-screen printing is also the process used to customize t-shirts, cups, hats, and lanyards. The advantage of this is the scope of the design. They allow intricate logos and small fonts. They also feature unlimited color selection. The disadvantage is the tendency of the design to wear off after multiple washes.
These patches are common in schools and colleges. They are also convenient compared to other types of patches.
Dye Sublimated Patches
Here, dye is applied to every molecule of the twill base. The process results to high-quality patches with clear and striking images. Dye sublimated custom patches are perfect in promoting new businesses or product brands.
Their advantage is their durability. As opposed to silk-screen printed patches, dye sublimated patches do not wear off. The material and the design are both long-lasting. Dye sublimated patches can also produce realistic images. The disadvantage is their cost; they are more expensive than the other types of patches.
These patches are common to varsity jackets. They feature fonts and numerals. Chenille patches, also called as letterman patches, are flexible in shape and size. They are also soft and furry. You may also use these patches as decorations for your scrapbook or journal.
The only disadvantage of this type is their limitation in designs. They only permit simple objects, shapes, letters, and numbers.
These patches are ideal for small groups or individual customers. If you want to label your bag or purses, you can purchase these name patches. They are usually rectangular in shape and feature simple letterings. Name custom patches are also common in some schools. They usually carry the name of the students, grade level, department, and the name of the school.
Some patches do not feature any logo or design but they are ready for future customization. These blank patches are perfect for impromptu events. If you also plan to have an organization patch but you have not yet decided for your design, these are the ideal patches for you.
The bases of blank patches are also twills. They can be made into custom embroidered patches or dyed sublimated patches.
Bullion crests are one of the latest innovative patches. Aside from the base twill and threads, they also employ the use of beads, velvet, and wires. They use special metallic threads to apply the design. The stitches used are the same as the embroidered patches.
Rubber PVC Patches
These are made of soft rubber PVC material. They use a high-tech 3D mold to apply the design, images, and texts on the base material. These kinds of patches are considered as collector items.
All the types of patches can be attached to fabrics with the use of different backings. Some of these backings are plastic backing, adhesive backing, magnetic backing, pin backing, hook-sided and two-sided Velcro backing, button loop backing, and heat sealed backing.