If you’re ready with your existing patch or new design, use
our quick online RFQ or give us a call
authorized resellers only.
If you’re ready
with an existing patch or new design, use our quick online RFQ or give us a call – 888.492.9122.
If you’re still designing a new patch, no need to
wait, a rough sketch should be fine to get you pricing and ideas. Use our quick online RFQ to
make sure we get enough information to save you time and money—or give us a call –
888.492.9122. M – F, 7AM - 5PM PST
Our online RFQ is
quick and easy—or if sending another way, please include the following and
we’ll take care of the rest!
Patch width and height
Is background cloth/twill or 100% embroidered?
Special instructions or “Must Have” date?
Do you already have an existing patch? It’s easy!
Scan or take a cell-phone picture and attach to our online RFQ for a free quote. (A copy is adequate for
quoting, but to make sure we accurately reproduce the existing colors, details
and lettering, please send an existing sample with your order.)
Stock emblems: You can order as few as 1 of any stock
item. A $5 service charge is added if total order is under $50.
Custom emblems: The minimum order
quantity for patches can be as low as ‘1’, we’re here to help you help your
customer. The recommended minimum is 50
and your best value quantity is
usually 200. P.S. you’re paying a premium for under 100,
from any manufacturer.
You can often combine different color versions or ranks and titles of the same pattern
(design/size) for the combined higher quantity discounts IF ordered at the same
time. Depending upon quantity and
lettering and/or colors, an extra charge up to 15% may apply on the
combined total quantity.
Patch manufacturing time is 14-17 days for reorders, 17-19 days if new to us.
Most importantly, you and your
customer can rely on our advised delivery.
Can you rush my order? Yes - Ask about our 8 & 11 day rush programs (extra
cost). Get a free quote now
Please indicate in RFQ
whenever your order is needed by a specific date.
Next Day & 2 Day Air are available, please specify when ordering (extra cost).
Why does it take 19 days to make a patch?
Creating a good-looking custom patch takes many skills and steps, most by hand. Initially a computer skeletal rendering of your existing patch or new design is created, with every stitch and color change specified. (Think ‘Illustrator’ vector art but for digitizing.) After review by quality control, the file is sent to the embroidery machines, where the patches are created one stitch at a time. Even at 900+ stitches per minute and 20 heads per machine, a thick, detailed patch takes time. The piece-by-piece handwork then begins where the automatic embroidery leaves off: Hand or laser cutting from fabric, adding over-lock borders, trimming, removing loose stitches, plastic backing, and quality control. If we’ve made your patch before, we can skip the computer rendering and go straight to the embroidery machines. Actually, 14 to 19 days is “fast”, ten years ago 45 days was average!
You can rely on the Confirmation of Order's "Estimated Ship Date", but for updated reassurance on important orders (or any!), go
to My Account or give us a call.
A printed patch is an excellent alternative if
photographic details of faces or landscapes is important. Simple wording and logos might be “silk screened”, but
usually printed patches are art/designs “heat transferred” to a mug or mouse pad...or
patch. A basic
printed patch would be a design heat
transferred directly to the twill (cloth) background material with an over-lock
border added. A deluxe printed patch could
have the entire designed stitched to show detail, but all in white thread, on a
twill or stitched background...then the heat transfer would be applied,
adding a 3-D embroidered look to the printed design. It is also possible to combine
a printed element into a standard patch, usually a small, detailed center seal
or design. Gallery
Woven items are used primarily for garment tagging and corporate branding, but have sometimes been incorporated into or used in place of the standard patch. “Woven” is like the label in your shirt or pants, usually soft and without structure, with sharp details on the front and long, loose threads on the back-side.
While the embroidered patch has always been the “patch” standard, the thinner threads used in the woven process can achieve sharper details when needed, including more photographic realism of faces and landscapes.
Woven ‘Labels’: Yes, we can make your woven labels (minimum 2000) RFQ
Woven ‘Patch’: While not common, we can make your ‘patch’ using the woven process if desired, adding structure, and finishing with an over-lock or stitched border. We can also incorporate a woven section into a standard embroidered patch, but a printed section is more commonly used. Gallery
Often used in retail packaging or as appliques sewn to
garments and shoes, PVC emblems are rubber-like and bendable and come in all
sizes and shapes. With an initial die cost
but a lower unit cost, PVC emblems are a great alternative for giveaways and
higher quantity requests (500+) Gallery
New – AirFlex Badges offer a more badge-like alternative to a
standard PVC emblem. Lightweight and
flexible for more comfort, you can heat seal to caps and garments and wash like
usual. Or stick to laptop covers, mugs,
and more. Gallery
We make it easy...on you! No fancy art is needed, send us a rough sketch and we’ll take care of the rest. To save time at the order stage, include anything that can help us understand and improve the detail of your new design.
Yes! Send anything that can help us understand and improve the detail of your new design or existing patch. Find online, cut from a magazine or catalog—and email with your rough sketch. We have an extensive library of state seals, animals, guns, pike poles, and much more, but send us ‘your’ detail for best results.
Yes—We’re here to help you. If you are an approved reseller call now
If you are an end-user, please contact
our reseller near you. Dealer Locator
The patch shape is a good place to get started on your
new design. Patches can be any shape in
any direction, though a simple shape is easier to sew to the garment. For ideas, look through the patches in our gallery—or anywhere. We’ve also gathered some popular shapes for your consideration. Turn
any-which-way. Or draw your own.
Patches can be
any size, ranging from less than 1” to as large as 19”. Most public safety patches are 4” to 5” high;
4” circles are common; 3.5” circles are not uncommon. But again, any size is ‘normal’.
>>>>> Color Charts
Clarity: To make sure
lettering and details are visible, avoid light on light colors, such as light
blue or yellow on a white background. Likewise, avoid dark on dark, such
as black or red on royal blue. Contrasting colors, like gold on
navy, will help your customer’s organization name stand out.
patches incorporate standard shades of common colors so you can keep it simple
by advising “Navy”, “Red”, etc., or view our expanded selection of threads and twills to satisfy more specific needs. To
adhere to corporate standards, advise the PMS numbers and we’ll send you the
closest swatches with your quote.
many colors? You can use as many
colors as you like, with up to 9 thread colors at no extra charge. We
also have specialty threads... metallic, florescent, glow in the dark, and
colors that change in the light, as well as reflective and other specialty
Choose from our wide
selection of thread and background twill colors. Don’t see what you need? Let us
know the PMS numbers and we’ll check with our material suppliers for the
closest match. Free swatches available
The best way to figure out what you like is to see and
imitate—visit our gallery to figure out what
you like—and don’t like.
Size: The larger (and bolder) the better. Embroidered
lettering looks best if 1/4" or taller; 3/16" letters are also clear,
but not as clean as 1/4" letters; OUR
digitizers and equipment
can embroider clean 1/8" lettering (depending upon width available) but
in general 1/8” lettering is often representational only, not legible.
General Size Tips for MAIN Patch Lettering
3” Patch: = 1/4” to 5/16”; 4” Patch = 5/16” to 7/16”; 5” Patch = 3/8” to 1/2”
style is the most cleanly embroidered and clearly visible lettering.
SERIF and script styles can be embroidered cleanly if large enough.
CONDENSED NARROW lettering will not be as sharp or legible as THICKER letters. More details & Examples
CURVATURE: Lettering usually looks best if it follows the curve of the border
AND MORE: Avoid
outlining letters with another color, which looks good in printing, but
may not turn out as expected in embroidery. (Better to avoid unless
your customer insists.) Visit Gallery
An “overlock” border is added after a patch is cut-out, wrapping around the fabric edge for a clean, durable finish. “Merrow” is actually the most popular brand of the over-lock border machine, and like “Kleenex” has become synonymous with “over-lock”. (Merrowed border = over-lock border.)
A stitched border is used when a patch has sharp indentations which prevent the use of an over-lock machine.
A hot-knife can be used on stitched border patches to seal the edge, removing any fabric remaining outside the border.
A laser-cut border is done by a machine using software and a video eye to automatically laser cut patches from a roll of fabric. Watch Video
When designing a new patch, allow 1/8” for an over-lock border and 1/16” to 1/8” for a stitched border.