On this page, you will learn everything from how custom patches are made, what threads and fabrics are used, what technology and machines are used, how custom patches are applied to shirts, jackets, or caps.
Keep reading and explore the world of custom patches!
First, a graphic artist creates a unique logo. After that, an embroidery designer or embroidery digitizer converts the logo design into an embroidery file and creates a mock-up. After that, the embroidery file, dst, is sent to an embroidery machine that makes embroidery design, a patch, on a piece of fabric. After that, the edge of the patch is cut using a laser cutting machine or by hand. After that, the required backing, Velcro or iron on, is applied on the back of the patch. So simple, hah?
We make embroidered patches using computerized embroidery machines, where the logo or text provided by you is embroidered using embroidery thread. The process starts with the logo being created on our computers. Once you approve the file, we create a digital embroidery file of your design. The file is transferred to the Barudan embroidery machine, which then reads the file and starts creating your cheap custom patch.
The most expensive thread used to make embroidered patches is Madeira. It is the most popular, and the finest thread available in the market, today. However, we only use Madeira when requested by a buyer. As Madeira is an expensive choice, and not suitable for buyers looking for a cheap custom patch. Which is why we offer standard Chinese thread. This allows us to create stunning affordable cheap custom patches for you.
When creating your own patch, you need an artwork for your custom design. Once we have received the patch design artwork, our embroidery designers will use an embroidery digitizing program to recreate your logo for embroidery. We use Wilcom, the most popular embroidery digitizing software, to ensure that each stitch of your design is set in place as per your request. Allowing us to create a dst file for your embroidered patches that match your exact requirements.
Our embroidered cheap custom patches come with four different backings. These backings are used to attach/apply your custom patches to your clothing. When you order your own patch, you are required to pick a backing of your choice. You can choose between Velcro backing, iron on backing, sew on backing, and sticky backing. The application method depends on the backing you choose. It usually depends on the clothing article the custom patches are made for. For instance, most Army patches come with Velcro backing. Additionally, large patches for jackets are always attached by a sewing machine.
We are one of the few companies that offer a service to create your own patch with no minimum. Huston Embroidery Service offers a collection of embroidered patches without any minimum order quantity. We take small orders ranging from 5 to 10 patches. It helps our customer to check out our custom patches quality before placing a large order.
Huston Embroidery Service uses a stitch-count based pricing method. Unlike other companies that charge you based on the size of the custom patches. We understand that size-based prices can easily blow your budget. This pricing structure is unfair for a simple logo. The number of stitches depends on the design size and graphics. For instance, a round shaped 3” logo that is 100% covered with stitches carries approximately 15,000 to 25,000 stitches.
We do our best to get your orders processed and delivered as soon as possible. However, the exact date can only be given once you have confirmed your order. The delivery timeframe for your custom patches for hats or jackets depends on the number of patches, the size of your patches number of stitches, and other requirements. The larger the order, the longer it takes. However, we also offer SUPER RUSH delivery and RUSH delivery at an additional cost.
Uniforms – Military, Police, Scouts, Medical, Firefighter, Engineering, Plumber, Restaurants, Sports, or any other type of workwear or uniform. These embroidered patches help to identify their units, names or job titles. These embroidered patches are not only used to help offer them representation but to help identify individuals.
Personal – We understand that patches are not only limited to forces or businesses anymore. Which is why we offer cheap custom patches to people from different walks of life. This can be a custom patch for your backpacks, in memory of a family member or friend, or to help you remember one’s sacrifices or services for the community. Either way, we are happy to take in personal embroidered patches or morale patches orders as well.
Promotional – Have us create your own patch for promotional polo shirts, promotional baseball caps, promotional aprons. Promotional embroidered apparel is the most effective way to build brand awareness. This method allows you to market a business or brand in a cost-effective and unique manner. More than 50% of promotional products are promotional embroidered or printed clothing.
Embroidered patches are also referred to as cloth badges. These are a piece of embroidery that is created on a piece of fabric; along with a backing. Embroidery patches have a long-standing history and are inspired by old traditions. There was a time when people had to make embroidered patches by hand.
Back in time, embroidered patches were used by state militants. Their patches were their identities. Embroidered patches helped identify where a soldier came from. Today, these embroidered patches are considered a piece of art; as they were used for various occasions. In addition, these custom patches were used by various industries both private and government. These patches were used to help identify an organization or even be used for decoration.
We heard that embroidered patches were first created in China or India during the 5th to 3rd Century BC. People used various sewing techniques, patterns, and threads to create beautiful hand-made patches to decorate their militants’ clothing. This trend led to sewing the decorative designs on everyday clothing. Over the years, other cultures started to catch on the patches trend.
As far as we know, some sectors of the world that still at times make embroidered patches by hand, while most clothing patches around the world are created using machines. The first embroidery machine was introduced by Alphonse Kursheedt back in the 1800’s. Alphonse used a combination of hand embroidery looms and imported 12 embroidery hand looms to help create a mechanized process. It wasn’t long after that, that Isaak Groebil was inspired from a simple household sewing machine; and created the first Schiffli embroidery machine. The process is used as a continuous threaded shuttle, and needle.
We heard that embroidered patches were first taken on by the US Military unit. The process started with unofficial patches found on soldiers’ uniforms. During the Mexican war, and civil war; units started to identify their soldiers. The oldest US Military patch is the Big Red One and was first used on 31st October in 1918. During the World War II, we saw Army officials, Marines, Coast Guards, and Air Force officials wearing these patches as a proud tradition. Over the years the patches became more sophisticated and personal. Allowing an individual to wear their patches with pride. However, with the passage of time, these patches became more popular; and are now widely used around the world by civilians, too.
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