Embroidered Patches - What is Available

By: Robert Thomson

Embroidered patches are used to create a recognizable presence for many groups or organizations. Today's technological design and printing advancements allow groups to duplicate an existing image or create an entirely new image quickly and easily and at very reasonable prices.

The industry's technological enhancements have actually lowered the cost of embroidery patch manufacturing. The industry's new manufacturing process affords consumers so many more easy-to-achieve options. From design to finished product, the process is quicker, less expensive and feature many more selection choices than ever before.

Customers can either purchase pre-made generic embroidered patches or purchase a customized patch. Most customized patches can now be laser cut. This process helps to create nice clean edges and a crisp, uniform look. Embroidered patches can be woven onto existing uniforms or clothing or can be ironed onto the clothing or cap.

In the early days of embroidered patch sales, customers had to place fairly substantial orders to keep the per patch cost under control. Today, with patches in such high demand and with improved sewing capabilities and design flexibility, orders of all sizes are cost-effective. The marketplace is competitive and it is a buyer's market. Prices for embroidered patches have never been lower and packed with more value.

Purchasers should expect to receive outstanding design and delivery service. Most manufacturers offer a 100% quality guarantee, free delivery service, free design consultations, free set-up services, a big inventory of low-cost pre-made embroidered patches and a 7 - 14 day turnaround from order to delivery. The embroidered patch industry is thriving and providers either have their act together or get lost on the shuffle. Consumers should insist on all the above free services.

Customized embroidered patches can be tailored to accommodate just about any color scheme, any image, any size or any shape. Consumers can purchase a single patch, oversized patches or multiple patch sets. The manufacturer's embroidery design consultants can assist purchasers in launching an image-building plan by helping to develop a new image or working with an existing plan. These consultants understand the many new options and can explain the entire process as well as provide mock-ups of proposed patch ideas.

With the emphasis now placed on customer service, most companies are using patches to identify employee names as well as promote the company name or logo. Often time, iron-on patches are used for this purpose.
Industries and organizations that almost always wear patches on their uniforms are:

- Military organizations
- Law enforcement agencies
- Martial arts organizations
- Security services
- Janitorial services
- Maintenance services
- Museum employees
- Schools, clubs and teams
- Sports groups
- Motorcycle and biker groups and clubs
- Scout groups
- Fire and Emergency EMS services
- Retailers
- Wholesalers
- Service technicians
- Club patches
- Medical patches
- Professional organizations
- Colleges and universities

An important part of developing group patches is deciding upon the color of the thread for the patch as well as deciding upon the twill colors. There are more than 9 thread colors and many more twill colors available. Embroidery patch designers have color charts that can be helpful in the selection process.

The newest trend in embroidered patches is laser-cutting technology. Laser cut patches are known to have smooth edges and crisp cuts. Three dimensional patches, florescent patches, glow-in-the-dark patches and color-changing patches have added dimension to the industry. Magnetic backed patches that can be attached to filing cabinets, refrigerators or metal cabinets are also becoming popular.

Police and military organizations with members who need to designate authority have begun using 3D patches to signify rank. Patches are usually worn on sleeves or above the chest pocket. These patches give the bearer immediately recognized authority. Give your company or organization a recognition boost with a new embroidered patch image.

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