Tips on Applying Patches

PatchesA custom-made patch brings your DIY apparel customization to the next level. It adds color, texture, and sophistication to your clothes, further boosting your clothes’ appeal. However, a patch is not just meant for aesthetics. One practical use of a patch is to cover a tear or hole in your shirt or pants. You can also affix a patch to make a statement or to pledge your support in a cause. The most common use of patches is for recognition or association. You can find such patches in school and company uniforms.

Here, at patches4less, we cater to different requests. You can order wholesale patches for whatever reason, be it for fundraising activity or for event souvenirs.

If you order in bulk from us, patches4less, the price of each patch drops. You can get one high quality patch for only a few dollars and opt to resell the remainder. Nevertheless, even if a patch doesn’t cost much, you don’t want to damage it and let your handful of dollars go to waste. Oftentimes, the cause of damages in a patch is the improper way of attaching it. Below are some handy tips in applying a patch on your clothes, not just for avoidance of damages but to ensure its long-lasting attachment.

1. For iron on patches, make sure that your iron is set to dry setting

Before pressing, preheat your iron then adjust the setting into dry. Never press your patch into your clothes with the steam setting. The steam setting moisturizes your clothes to smoothen the wrinkles. The moisture from an iron’s steam setting will cause an attachment problem. The moisture will be absorbed by the patch and fabric alongside the glue, making the glue less effective. This precaution is not just for embroidered patches but for rhinestone, sequin and vinyl patches as well.

If your iron is an old model, you won’t likely need this tip because most old models of irons only have dry setting. A lot of new iron models have dual settings: steam and dry. Nevertheless, there are also latest models that only have steam settings. Check your iron’s settings before attempting to attach a patch.

2. Don’t move your iron in a sliding or gliding motion

When you press, move your iron in upward or downward way. It’s just like stamping in a slower and smoother pace. Don’t press your patch like your ironing wrinkly clothes. If you do, you risk spreading the glue and attaching your patch unevenly.

3. Place a heat-safe object in between your clothes and ironing board

It could be a scrap of plywood, cardboard or any other stiff and flat object that can tolerate heat. Pressing a patch requires 20 to 30 seconds before you pull up your iron. The placement of a heat-safe object is intended to protect your ironing board’s coverings from such pressing.

4. Cover your patch with a cloth

By doing so, you protect your patch from possible discoloration. You also avoid the threads in the patch from the possibility of getting burned.

5. Don’t press a patch that isn’t classified as iron on

PatchThis is pretty much self-explanatory but some shoppers try to press non-iron-on patches, believing that this can improve the attachment of their patches. Unfortunately, the non-iron-on patches won’t. If you bought a tape-backed or Velcro-backed patch from patches4less, attach it the way it is supposed to be attached. A patch with tape backing is usually thin so it may get damaged easily when exposed to extreme heat.

The Velcro in a Velcro-backed patch, on the other hand, may absorb the glue, making it difficult to affix the patch. Additionally, the back of a Velcro-backed patch is uneven. Once pressed, it may appear bumpy.

6. Sew your patch for a more secured attachment

So here’s the solution if you want a more secured patch attachment with or without using an iron. After cooling a pressed iron on patch, sew the edges of the patch for better security. You can also do this for worn out Velcro-backed and tape-backed patches that you can buy here from us, patches4less.

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