A custom patch is a patch that is developed to emphasize an application, game, or team. They are
made to suit an occasion or for a specific event.
There are three types of custom patches available-
All the patches have different characteristics. These characteristics depend on the following
Types of backing.
Embroidered patches are very similar to woven patches. There is one main difference that sets
the embroidered patch different from the woven patches. The embroidered patches have a unique
color on its background. One primary color on the patch is a must. It can be red, green, black,
white, yellow, or any spectrum of color. The rest of the design is sewn and embroidered over it.
The advantages of embroidered patches are-
- An economical choice for a small number of patches
- It can be quickly ironed or sewed to be fixed
- You can get the most traditional designs
As said above, woven patches are similar to embroidered patches. The striking difference is that
instead of having a single-colored background, the design is embroidered on top, the woven
patches are made entirely with thread at a go. It is thinner as it is not having two layers of
embroidery as compared to embroidered patches. Different types of backgrounds can be added to
the woven patches. Woven patches can be the first choice for customers because-
- They give a more elegant and cleaner sewn look
- It can be quickly ironed or sewn to be fixed
- Offers more detailing to the required design
- It is very durable
The sublimated patches have become popular and are in demand in recent times. Instead of
printing the patches with thread, the dye is transferred through heat gas to print the design. It is
very similar to the process of printing a photo or getting a colored print from a printer. Design
specifications can be maximized Using thousands of color options. The advantages of choosing
sublimated patches are-
- You get a high-quality design with intricate detailing
- It gives a trendy look as compared to the traditional look of the embroidered and woven patches
- It is more applicable for bulk quantities. Small quantities will be expensive.
Some facts to know about custom patches
- Also known as a cloth badge, the embroidered patch is the oldest
- The first patch was attached with the help of a pin instead of being sewn
- There was no evidence when these patches were invented.
- Patches were initially used as the identification of military ranks
- The military is the biggest consumer of custom patches.
- It is estimated that three million patches are printed annually on an average
- The patches were made by hand before the use of automatic sewing machines, and computer printing was used
- Many types of stitching can be experimented to create a beautiful customized patch. Some different types of the stitches are- writing stage, sound stage, cross-stitch, bit full stage, change stage and blanket stage
- Walter Jeffries printed the first gas published, fully colored patch in the 1980s through a technique called sublimation.