An embroidered patch is an embroidered design on firm backing that is applied to clothing by organizations to distinguish membership or rank, youth groups to mark accomplishments and individuals for art or expression, sometimes attached using a safety pin.
1. Manufacture Manufacture can be done by hand, using a machine, or in a factory with computer digitization, A firm backing, the twill, forms the support and is ideally suited for the embroidered design using thread, Rayon and polyester are most common in commercial manufacture, but cotton and hemp can also used.
2.Application Iron on, heat seal and sew on are the three most common types of patches, iron on can be created by applying heat from a household iron, but heat seal requires a professional machine, Both heat types melt the thermoplastic glue and adhere it after drying, but heat seal requires the higher temperature and pressure of a professional heat press machine, sew on patches can be applied with fabric glues or sew on. Other backings include rebber, magnet, velcro, and sticky, Sticky backing using something comparable to double sided sticky tape and is ofter chosen when the badge application is temporary(such as business conferences).
3.Ohter types Embroidered patches have the advantage of three dimensional texture, but the limitations, especially with regard to small detail, have created the need for other methods, Dye sublimation can create photographic detail and woven patches look similar to embroidered but allow for small lettering detail.