When designing a patch there are a few options and colours that you need to consider:
By using a base fabric it reduces the cost as there is less embroidery. A1 Insignia uses only the finest quality colour fast twill.
Shown below are a selection of base fabric shade options.
If you require an exact fabric colour match please provide PMS codes if possible or send in a physical sample of the material colour.
A1 Insignia uses superior grade 100% Viscose rayon embroidery thread. Our preferred thread supplier is Ren Si Embroidery Thread.
If you require an exact thread match please provide PMS codes if possible, or a physical sample.
There are many different colours available however our most popular colours are shown below.
Please keep in mind that all computer monitors display colours differently.
The variety of shapes is only limited by your imagination. Shown below are some of the more common shapes:
Options and Colours – Borders
There are various options when it comes to the border of your patches:
Merrowed (also known as overlocked) Border – A 3mm border that overlocks the emblem edge, preventing fraying and gives your patch a clean finished look.
Hot Knife (also known as laser cut) – For patches with complex shapes or detailed borders.
Satin Stitch – A satin stitch edge without overlocking the emblem’s edge.
Smooth Cut – No stitching on the patch edge
Options and Colours – Backings
The following backing options are available:
No Backing – Embroidered patches can be made without a backing. If fact, they start out that way. These patches will show the twill or threads on the backside of the patch, and are generally more flexible. Patches without backings do not have the same thickness or stiffness as patches with backings; therefore, the best occasion to order patches without backings is when they will be sewn onto garments or other types of fabrics.
Vilene Backing – Same as above but with a vilene backing which hides the twill or threads on the backside of the patch.
Plastic Backing – Plastic backing adds stiffness and support to the patch allowing it to stay flat over time while still leaving the patch thin enough to be sewn onto a garment. Plastic can be used with any patch, regardless of size, shape, or border type.
Heatseal Backing – Also known as iron-on, heatseal allows patch application to your garment via home iron. Heat seal backings add some stiffness to patches, allowing them to lay flat. When using heatseal, it is advisable to sew a few stitches to hold the patch in place. Heat seal doesn’t work with nylon, and other synthetic fabrics.
Adhesive Backing – Also known as peel and stick, adhesive, in a sense, turns your patch into an embroidered sticker. Glue is pressed onto the back of the patch, and then is overlaid with paper to be peeled off at the time of use.
An adhesive backing is a non-permanent option when applied to fabric or clothing; therefore, it is best for a single event. Although the glue is much stronger than what you will find on an average paper sticker, it will not withstand a cycle in the washing machine, and will also weaken over time. For permanent application, order your custom patches with plastic or no backing and sew them to your garments.
Hook-Sided Velcro Backing – Velcro backings tend to be used in Military applications such as unit shoulder patches, where removing and reapplying patches happen frequently.
Hook and loop fasteners are available in one side or two sides. If your uniform or garment already has a loop fastener area, one-sided Velcro is the best choice. One-sided Velcro is our most popular Velcro option, comprising upward of 95% of Velcro orders. We offer Velcro backing in other colors besides black, including—but not limited to—olive green, black, and light tan.
Two-Sided Velcro Backing – If your uniform or garment does not already have a loop fastener area, two-sided Velcro is the best choice. This backing comes with both the hook and loop side. All you have to do is sew the loop fastener to your uniform.
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