Woven patches bring a different approach to a piece of garment or apparel. Whether it is used simply for aesthetics, to show ranks or achievements, or to advertise a certain brand, woven patches certainly bring a fresher sense of individuality to the one wearing it.
We at Patches4Less.com believe that to convey properly the intended meaning and purpose, as well as to slow down its rate of deterioration, careful preparation prior to patch application must not be neglected.
Figuring Out The Type Of Patches
Iron On Patches have different sub types. Although in general they have the same function, the minute details of the patch, specifically its adhesive, dictates when and where it can be applied.
Some people strategically place patches on their clothing for more reasons than to just give it a different look. One of these practical reasons is to cover up a hole, tear, or discoloration to a garment. The best Iron On Patch for this is the one that is usually rigid with something like a plastic adhesive at its backside. This type of patch is designed to have enough strength to hold torn fabric apart.
Another Iron On Patch that is good for covering up flaws in a garment is the one with a paper backing. This paper backing is usually peeled off prior to ironing. After application, the patch would just blend in with the fabric, hiding any blemishes on a cloth.
Another sub type of Iron On Patches is the one with a transfer paper. This type of patch has a print on one side of a special paper, and a non-glossy paper flip side. Different from the first two sub types, this patch generally can’t be used for cover ups. This is because it cannot hold tattered fabric together for very long, and its material causes the fabric on which it is attached to, if it is not white, to show through.
Examining Fabric Type
Aside from the type of patch itself, examining the fabric type on where the patch will be placed is also important. Some fabric types are good candidates for Iron On Patches while some need extra care when applying.
As a somewhat flexible rule of thumb, the weight of the fabric should at least be as heavy as the patch. Fabrics like cotton and denim generally pass this rule. Iron On Patch easily attach to these types of fabrics without damaging the fabric or the patch itself. Furthermore, deterioration and falling off of the patch is not usually observed when heavy fabric materials are used.
On the other hand, fabric materials such as vinyl, polyester, leather, nylon, and spandex are not recommended for iron on patch attachment. Although some of these materials are considerably thick and heavy, their components are quite heat-sensitive, meaning the garment may be burnt or discolored during application. Although not recommended, these fabric materials are still suitable, even if to a considerably low degree, for iron on patch placement when proper and careful heat application is observed.
Of all the fabric types, silk and other extra delicate materials should never be used in iron on patch placement. Even with low heat, the material will easily deteriorate and due its lightness, the patch is most likely to detach in a short period of time.
If one is not sure about the fabric, the care label of the cloth can always be checked. This label essentially gives instructions regarding the proper maintenance of the garment. If not suitable for ironing, one would see a crossed out image of an iron. Sometimes, it also gives idea on how much heat the cloth can tolerate.
Proper Placement Of The Patch
Lastly, because our Iron On Patches are considerably permanent, it is just right to consider and reconsider again the design, as well as the position on where the patch will be laid out.
Patches are best placed in an easily-seen position. This is especially important to consider when the patch that is going to be attached is relatively small. To give its intended design and meaning, it must not be hidden away from plain sight.
Another thing to think upon is whether there will be more patches to be added or not. When additional patches are to be supplemented indefinitely, one must make sure to allocate enough space. Not doing so will result to cluttered, messy-looking bunch of patches in the future.
Iron On Patches provides a high-quality look without the high cost. Custom Embroidered Patches and Iron On Patches developed specifically to your groups special design needs are all we do.