Many potential patch consumers believe that embroidered patches are the only way to go and don’t consider woven patches. While embroidery is and will probably always remain the industry standard for patches, there is another option.
Woven Patches can be used in almost every way embroidered patches can. Using thinner threads that are woven together instead of embroidered onto a fabric, they are ideal when a design is too detailed or complex to be achieved with the embroidery process.
Woven patches are made of thread only, stitched in a continuous design and achieve finer detail in both the design and text of the patch. This results in a patch that has a smooth appearance with no raised texture.
It is also a great way to achieve photographic realism. Human faces, landscapes, motorcycles, gradients, and blends can be reproduced on smaller sized patches in a way only possible on large embroidered patches.
If an embroidered patch is a small size and has too much detail, it has the potential to come out looking messy, and depending on how small the patch is, the text can sometimes be illegible.
On a standard embroidered patch, in order for the lettering even to be legible, the lettering must be the equivalent of 10 points in a standard word processing program. For the lettering to be clean, it must be a minimum of 14 points.
On a standard woven patch, for lettering to be legible, it must be the equivalent of 8 points. For the lettering to be clean, it must be a minimum of 10 points. There is also no drag stitching (chain stitching) between letters of any size.
You can also say goodbye to worrying about the percentage of embroidery with woven patches. All of the threads are woven together, and are not sewn onto a twill fabric like embroidered patches.
What is more, the pricing is not much different from embroidered patches.
ADVANTAGES OF WOVEN PATCHES:
More accurate and precise detail
Ability to have clean and smaller lettering
Close to photographic realism
No worrying about embroidery percentages— All woven patches have 100% coverage
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