Some people get overwhelmed with something that they tend to overlook at basic and more important things. For instance in making embroidered patches, people get really fascinated with the design or too preoccupied with the event, that they do not give enough to think about the basics.
There are three important things to consider before getting the embroidered patches done. Whether you are the consumer or the maker, think about these three important things: thread, border and backing style.
First is the thread. In embroidery, most of the magic comes from the thread. Embroidered patches owe its elegance to the vibrant colors of the thread. But more than the style, the thread actually determines the quality and durability of the embroidered patches. In digitalized embroidery, two kinds of thread are commonly used – the polyester and rayon. Which thread is better? Read on and be the judge!
The polyester embroidery thread is known for strength and durability. If the embroidered patch used polyester thread, the patch will more likely last. It is also bleach resistant and stands out more with frequent laundering. On the other hand, rayon thread is considered as a semi-synthetic fiber. It also has a subtle sheen and creates more depth in embroidery. Rayon thread is actually more expensive than polyster thread. That is why polyester thread is more commonly used for corporate give-aways where mass production is needed. However, some say that polyester thread has an unrealistic shine compared to rayon thread. And although, rayon thread is more expensive, it runs fast on machine so production time is lessened and because it gives a better luster and shine, it adds up on the quality of the embroidered patches.
Second, take note of the border of the patch. Basically, if the embroidered patch has 100% embroidery coverage, it can use the satin stitch border. It is just a normal satin stitch and costs less. However, if the patch has less than 100% embroidery coverage, the merrowed border is needed. It means the patch will be sewn onto a twill. The merrowed border adds a cap over the patch and the twill will not fray and a neater border is created around the patch. However, merrowed borders can also add up to the expenses. Usually, the laser cut machine is used to cut the border of the patch as neatly as possible. It is also important, that the client selects the border that matches the color of the twill.
Then there’s the backing style. After the patch is all done with the thread of choice and clean borders, now the next question will be, how will it be attached to the other material? Say a jacket or cap? Traditionally, embroidered patches are attached with a pin or directly sewn. Now, we have more modern methods for the backing styles. We have the heat and seal or iron-on method. We can use the heat-press or simply the iron. This backing style easily attaches the embroidered patch on any other material and will not more likely to fall off. Thus, if the user wants a more permanent touch, this backing style is the best. Next is the peel and stick backing which uses the double-sided tape. It gives the clients more choices to stick it to any material or any type of surface even metal, glass or wood. The last is the Velcro backing. It can be easily removed and reapplied any time the client wants. Both the peel and stick backing and Velcro backing give more flexibility for the embroidered patches.
The next time, you want an embroidered patch done, always remember these three basic but important things. With these things in mind, you’ll never go wrong with the embroidered patches!