5 TYPES OF PATCHES
100% Embroidered: A 100% Embroidered patch will have a hidden twill base and a design embroidered on top of that. The entire background of this patch is embroidered with a fill stitch available in a range of rich color options. Fully embroidered patches have beautiful texture and are a great option for high-contrast designs.
Woven: The thin threads of Woven patches make them an excellent choice for a design that calls for smaller lettering and finer details. Woven patches are made completely out of thread and do not require a twill fabric base. They have a smooth appearance as opposed to the raised, varying texture of an embroidered patch.
PVC: PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) patches are extremely durable and ideal for outdoor applications. The unique, modern look of a PVC patch makes a bold statement. This type of patch is flexible, lightweight, and allows for Pantone color matching not available for thread-based or embroidered products.
Printed: Printed patches provide endless color options, super fine details, and photorealistic depictions of your designs. You can expect your printed patch to look very much like the photo it is created after. Using dye-sublimation, your image is printed in ink onto a blank twill fabric for a fade-proof, washable patch.
SELECTING A BORDER
Merrow Border: The majority of patches are made with a Merrow border created with an overlock stitch. This creates a soft, rounded edge that adds a bit of dimension to the perimeter of the patch.
Hot Knife Border: For patch shapes that require sharp points or corners, we suggest a die-cut Hot Knife border. Many people also prefer Hot Knife borders on ball caps because they sit extra flush against the cap and mimic direct embroidery.