We make Custom Patches (Minimum is 1) with Velcro & Iron on. We offer RUSH 3Day Turnaround (Add. Fee), Free Ship, 30% Off to Resellers. Send Logo for Quote!

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QUICK DESIGN SETUP

We have in-house design studio to digitize logo for custom patches. We do logo digitizing for patches, quickly.

QUICK ARTWORK CREATION

We have graphic designers to create new artwork or modification in the existing one for custom made patches.

30% DISCOUNT TO RESELLERS

Avail 30% discount on your embroidered patches orders if you are a member of SAGE, ASI & PPAI.

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HIGHEST POSSIBLE QUALITY

We make pre-production samples for approval; we keep making changes until you are fully satisfied.

STITCH-COUNT BASED PRICE

We calculate prices based on the stitches in an embroidery design (The min is 10K). So, you pay as you go.

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SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If you find errors in the patches you get (not as described in the approval form), we will redo or refund.

CUSTOM PATCHES NO MINIMUM

Looking for a patch creator that can make a patch for your jacket? You found us! We do Custom Patches No Minimum.

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PRICE QUOTES WITH PROOF

We digitize each logo we get for price quotes; we send a digital proof with each embroidered patch quote.

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Have a question related prices or turnaround? Email us (click here) or call our toll-free +1 (888) 976-8033

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Free DHL Express shipping to the US, the UK, Western Europe, Japan, and big cities in Canada & Australia.

RUSH 3-DAY TURNAROUND*

15 working days turnaround after approval. RUSH 3-Day turnaround for embroidered patches (add. fee).

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Did you Google Custom Patches Near Me?

Location does not matter because we sell custom patches online. We make personalized patches for police, firefighters, sports teams, restaurants, and brands! We make custom patches for hats, bags, polo shirts, baseball caps, and custom promotional items. We make personalized patches in the following types: embroidered, printed, woven, leather, and PVC. We make custom patches with these attachment options: Velcro, iron on, and sew on (custom sew on patches do not need any special backing). If you search custom patches online you might locate our web with this search phrase “custom patches near me” because we are the largest custom patches supplier in Texas.

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Economical Custom Made Patches

Do you need for custom made patches for hats? If so, your search, custom patches near me, finishes right here! We make custom patches online; just inform us what you require after that we will make custom patches. Do you need custom sew on patches or iron on? Do some research if you don’t know about custom sew on patches. Our factory is located overseas that’s why we provide economical patches. We are your #1 source for all sort of custom made patches. Stop searching “custom patches near me” and send us your logo.

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Fast Personalized Patches Ordering

We are right here to make the procedure of purchasing custom patches online fast and simple. Simply send us your logo design artwork, write down the required quantity and backing/attachment option (Velcro/iron on/sew on*) then we will get you an estimate in a couple of hours. We back every patch we make with our SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. If you are not delighted with them, we re-make the patches/labels.

*you can attach custom sew on patches by using a sewing machine.

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Personalized Patches is A Great Way to Decorate

Using custom made patches is a great way to decorate a blank shirt, cap, or jacket, quickly. It means you can decorate clothing without an embroidery machine. You just need a heat-press and a post bed sewing machine to sew the patches on caps, hats, shoes, and bags. Iron on patches work well with the most clothing products that are made of cotton. If you want to sew the patches on the garment, order custom sew on patches.

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Wholesale Prices

We offer 30% discount to the resellers (SAGE/PPAI/ASI Distributors); so, if you would like to start a small custom clothing business from home, you can do that easily by working with us. We make all kinds of patches like embroidered, woven, sublimated(printed), leather, and PVC patches. We also make custom keychains or key fobs.

 

Break away from boring embroidery and think about applique and custom patches

Although hand embroidery and appliqué have been around for millennia, computerized machine embroidery is only about 40 years old. Prior to its advent, the schiffli embroidery machine was invented in 1863, which was a fully automated machine that later used punch cards to embroider custom patches.

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Sports jerseys have always been the most popular form to use appliqué in our industry, followed by prep and collegiate looks. Appliqué — sewing fabric onto a background fabric — was modernized with digital machine embroidery, enhancing productivity and making it more cost-efficient. Abercrombie & fitch, starter and many vintage streetwear brands helped pioneer how we use appliqué in custom apparel. Applique is different from the custom patches.

 

Today, appliqué and specialty stitches, beyond the basic satin and fill varieties, can give your customers a garment with higher perceived value by breaking free from simple, flat embroidery. Anyone can digitize a logo and add it to a garment, but have you seen other stitches that have more interest and retail appeal?

Well, here i will share stitches i have used or seen in retail that could fit your needs, depending on the custom patches style and overall look you want to achieve.

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Specialty stitches for applique

Bean: this stitch type is more common with thin script fonts or creating outlines of chunky fonts or motif designs. Options include a single-row bean stitch that has two to three stitches or a chunkier look with five to six passes giving the appearance of hand-embroidered thread.

 

Chain: this type of switch was sewn by hand until the 1800s when a machine was created to replicate it. You need a special machine to create a true chain stitch, but a normal embroidery machine can create a faux chain stitch. Furthermore, it uses triangles layered on top of each other to give the appearance of a chain loop. I like this stitch because it can take on various and diverse design styles. It is also used in custom patches designs.

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Lofty satin: this look is achieved using wash away felt underneath the stitching, but on top of the garment. By creating a loose satin stitch, the felt escapes during a post-production wash. Burmilana or cotton-wrapped polyester threads give this stitch type a vintage, hand-sewn look.

 

Cross hatch: according to the experts, some specialty stitches, such as cross hatch, can be made easier to execute by your software. A specialized tool for point-and-click assignment or a special fill type that respects each “cross” on a grid can be activated so as not to crop or split them at the edge of a defined shape.

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Specialty threads

Burmilana is a 50% acrylic and 50% wool thread that has a natural yarn appearance. Kramar says it’s best to delay cam timing with this thread type to give the hook sufficient time to grab the loop. Due to the thicker thread, there is more friction than that of your typical polyester/rayon thread. Use polyvinyl alcohol (pva) backing with this thread type, as it completely washes away in the first wash. If you don’t have access to pva backing, use a tearaway variety. Pva is also used in custom patches production.

Other specialty threads include spun poly, an alternative to burmilana thread with more tensile strength and a vintage look. Also, matte frost is a true matte-finish polyester embroidery that is an alternative to typical thread that has sheen.

Coloreel technology instantly colors embroidery thread with unlimited colors during production. The unit can be added to any existing commercial embroidery machine as a head attachment, enabling unique designs and vastly improving overall production efficiency. A great way to make colorful custom patches.

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Appliqué & fabrics

Appliqué is an underused decoration method that can yield significant value for your company and clients. Modern technology enables this technique to be completed with a laser. Manufacturers nowadays are introducing more affordable lasers so it can be done in house unlike 10 years ago when it was difficult to appliqué domestically.

Some suppliers also offer pre-made appliqués that can be applied either through embroidery or heat press. Below are some common and specialty fabrics that will help you get acquainted with appliqué. You can also use custom patches as an applique with unfinished edges; after that, do the edge on your embroidery machine.

 

Tackle twill: these can be letters and numbers using nylon or poly twill that provide an athletic look. When cut with a laser, the synthetic fabric’s edges can be signed so it looks best with a zig-zag or satin-stitch border.

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Felt: this fabric provides a typical prep/collegiate look and is ideal for fleece. It too can be signed when cut, so using multiple laser passes with less power will help minimize any burnt appearance. Bean or chain stitches are ideal tack-down options, and felt also helps achieve vintage and streetwear looks.

 

Jersey: using single or multiple layers of jersey gives a soft and pliable look. If the edges are exposed, the fabric will curl up once washed. If you use multiplayers, use contrasting colors with multiple layers to add visual interest.

In addition, a multitude of fabric types will fray with exposed edges, such as cotton twill, canvas, bedford twill, and denim, resulting in a vintage look that has repeatedly washed. Pu leather, which features a polyurethane finish, and microsuede can be etched, debossed or embroidered directly. Both of them give a rustic look and are ideal for the outdoors and farming/ranching industries.

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What big brands do

The goal is to make your embroidery or appliqué reflect a style that looks authentic. Decorators do it via screen printing, so why not here?

To learn about what’s popular on the market, start a pinterest board to gather pieces that are diverse and eye-catching. Add vintage pieces, sports styles, and streetwear looks to cover most audiences. Brands like abercrombie & fitch, hollister, aeropostale and american eagle all have a lot of eye candy for embroidery and appliqué. Multimedia decoration via screen printing and appliqué also is popular with such brands.

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Take notes on apparel colors, textures, and typography. Modern brands such as  superdry, ralph lauren, and jack & jones frequently use specialty stitches, custom patches, and appliqué across many styles. Don’t forget to get more creative with your clients in the process. Although the presented examples may not resonate with your clientele, become an expert in branded-apparel and demonstrate what is possible when timeline, budget, and target audience are taken into consideration.

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If you don’t have the experience or equipment in order to do this at home, look for strategic partners that can help. With the right vendors in place, not only can you offer more for clients, but the net profit will be more than what you can achieve in house.

Don’t hesitate to experiment with specialty stitches, threads and appliqué even if you use an existing design. Your brand is a great way to demonstrate   what you can do for customers. If you are looking for more resources to increase your skill level, don’t hesitate to contact me, i’d be more than happy to guide you in the right direction. Just remember: thread is not dead.

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Embroidery digitizing lettering for hats and caps

As an embroiderer, you must consider all aspects when it comes to lettering on headwear. From puff embroidery to outlined text, embroidery looks different when done on a cap directly, rather than using custom patches.

Lettering can go on any area of a cap, including the front, left panel, back, closure strap, or side. It also can go on the keyhole, which is the void area above the closure strap. Text is generally curved to match the contour of this void.

Hooping for the keyhole usually is done with a standard embroidery hoop. The bill can also be embroidered, but it needs to be done before the hat is assembled via a flat panel program.

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However, when it comes to embroidery digitizing, each placement location has its own considerations. Firstly, it’s important to think about the cap’s attributes. For example, is it structured or unstructured? The former has buckram, which stiffens and stabilizes the front panels, enabling it to stand on its own. Use the standard digitizing techniques if you are using custom patches on your caps.

 

The profile height (whether it is low, medium, or high) and hooping method also must be considered. The profile dictates the design’s height. If hooped in a flat hoop, there will be more even tension on the cap’s fabric and the stitching order will be less important for good results. Unstructured hats or the back of caps can be hooped flat. A cap hoop maintains the hat stable at the brim by holding the sweatband.

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Center-seam placement for cap logo digitizing when not using custom patches

Let’s start with the most common placement location for headwear lettering that is the center over the seam. When using a cap hoop, the lettering needs to be ordered so that it sews from the center of the design and outward. I prefer to digitize the tie-in or lock stitch with a center-run underlay to control where the letter begins to stitch. The objective of the design is to smooth the fabric from the brim of the cap and upward as well as from the center seam and outward. Since it is difficult to embroider on caps, some embroidery experts suggest custom patches.

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Manually digitizing underlay allows you to control the tie-in stitch, stabilize the fabric to the stabilizer, secure the center seam, allow for the thread to stay tight on the fabric, and provide crisp letters. Bridging is when you sew across the seam to keep stitches from falling into it. If the edge of the satin stitch falls directly on the seam line, adjust the kerning – the space between letters – to shift the satin stitch to either fall directly over or off to either side. If this adjustment isn’t made, the stitches will disappear into the seam, giving the letter an uneven look.

 

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When sewing on the left or right front panel, i prefer to start lettering embroidery on the center seam side and work toward the outside seam, pressing the material away from the center seam. If you are sewing on the side of the cap past the brim using a cap hoop, remember to secure the fabric to the stabilizer to ensure smooth stitching. This area has no structural reinforcement; thus, securing it to the stabilizer will prevent movement and loss of registration.

I typically lay down a manual center-run underlay to control the tie-in point, then do a contoured or edge-run underlay to secure the edge, followed by a zigzag or double zigzag to add loft to the lettering. Again, the order should be from the center outward in this case as the fabric is only tightly held by the cap-hoop band, which is pressed into the sweatband where the cap material and brim meet.

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Profile height will dictate lettering height. For example, a design digitized at 2 inches tall may be too big for a low-profile hat; similarly, a low-profile cap design will look too small on a high-profile cap. A design that’s too large will cause the material to stretch on the end of the stitching arm and throw off registration. Embroiderers prefer custom patches for low-profile caps.

Wider lettering tends to sew better than thin lettering. The reason is because the extra width allows for more underlay stitching to attach the fabric to the stabilizer, which results in better registration.

 

Stitch type and size for direct embroidery or custom patches

The majority of lettering on caps, including 3-d puff, is done using satin stitches. Fill and run stitches sometimes also are used. When digitizing small text for a cap, a center-run underlay is almost always needed. The underlay’s stitch length needs to be around 1mm to ensure it doesn’t poke outside of the finished satin.

 

I don’t digitize satin text smaller than 5mm, or with satin columns narrower than 1mm. Anything smaller will make it difficult to produce clean and legible text. If embroidering a fill-stitch letter, plan on outlining it using a satin stitch, which gives the fill’s edge definition.

 

Using a contrasting thread for the outline can help make the text stand out against the background fabric. Set your lettering up to run one complete letter — the inside and the outline — to maintain registration.

When doing an outline on 3-d puff text, it’s better to do the outline first and the puff text second. This will prevent the outline from distorting the puffed letters’ edges.

These are the many things to consider when digitizing for embroidery on caps. The design determines the sewing order, but utilizing these methods ensures a successful finished product.

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