Patches 101 –Things You Need to Know

Patches are timeless. They have been around for a long time now and even in this day and age, they are still used and re-used for a variety of purposes. From school uniforms, jackets to totes and bags, the uses of patches are endless. Not only are they used for garments, but are also collected by many enthusiasts.

Iron on patchesPatches come in various forms, shapes, designs, and the methods of application are likewise diverse. Some are stitched, embroidered, while others are even ironed. Iron on patches are among the latest innovations in the industry. These patches are easy-to-use as well as D.I.Y-friendly.

Read on to learn more about the types of patches available on the market.

1. Embroidered patches

This is, by far, the most commonly used patch. The embroidered ones are often used in jackets, hats, and uniforms. These patches have two main parts – the twill base and the design. The design is the ‘embroidered’ part and is done using threads of various colors. The coverage amounts to be embroidered are normally categorized under 50%, 75%, and 100%. These patches are attached to garments by mechanical or manual sewing. Ironing them could also flatten down the ‘risen’ part of embroidery and is not recommended.

2. Woven Patches

They may be less popular than the famed traditional embroidered patches but these patches are also just as functional. The main difference is that with woven patches, thinner threads are used and that designs are not too embossed. This is an ideal type of patch for those who are aiming to have the same effect as the embroidered ones but with more details. For instance, letters or numbers are more visible in them. To make letters more visible on woven patches, a minimum 10 points for the font size is recommended. When designs are rather complex and require a range of colors, woven patches usually come to mind first. Photographic realism can also be achieved using this type of patch. As with the embroidered ones, it is not also necessary to iron on patches of this type.

3. Printable or Photo Patches

For those who need patches of larger dimensions, printable ones are recommended. Tiny prints, fonts, or details remain visible. Unlike with embroidered or woven patches, coverage and stitch counts are no longer a concern. There is also no limitation in terms of colors and color graduation. There are over a million of colors to choose from. Printable patches are likewise fade-proof and can be washed and dry-cleaned just like the other types of patches. Photo realism is likewise easily achieved using these custom-made patches. Printable patches are also the type that can be ironed on any kind of garment. However, printable ones go well with denim and cotton best. To iron on patches of this type, it is important to keep the iron at medium heat.

4. Specialized patches or Bullion/Badge Crests

Specialized patches or often referred to as bullion crests or badge crests are also among the top choices of military, fraternity groups or any elite groups. These specialized patches are only produced by top artisans as they require intricate designs and the use of various materials such as velvet, threads, wire, and even precious beads or gems. They are manually done by hand and usually produced in limited numbers. They take time to be produced and normally undergo a long process of designing and scheming. They are also carefully attached by hand on any kind of garments. It is not recommended to iron on patches of this kind.

Patches are generally wonderful tools that can perk up any garment. They provide visual representation of the school, organization, or institution. It is essential to know the type of patches you need for your personal or organizational use. Doing a little research on them would be helpful.