Back in the past, patches are sewn directly on the target piece of clothing. But sometimes, there are emergency cases when we just do not have a sewing kit within our disposal, and we need that piece of clothing with the patch at the earliest time tomorrow. So, do we just pin or tape our patches? That is all right, but that could be a bit tricky because the pinned or taped on patch just might budge from its place. A better alternative? Patches with iron-on backing, otherwise known as iron on patches.
Patches are among the most innovative ways for us to alter the design of a piece of clothing, be it a shirt, a blouse, a pair of pants, a skirt or even a hat or a cap. A patch is basically a small artistic piece of embroidery meant to be placed on a piece of clothing to give it its own uniqueness. Many times, we see patches on uniforms of offices, schools, or organizations. Patches give a sense of permanence, that that uniform is actually for the sole purpose of wearing within the premises or when representing the office, school, or organization where the uniform was brought. But there are also some outrageously fashionable people who use patches just to make their outfits stand out from the rest. Thanks to iron on patches, this is now more convenient to achieve.
But we ask, patches made to be ironed on are usually those made of paper, right? What if we wanted embroidered patches? The great news is, there are actually embroidered iron on patches! Usually, these are embroidered patches with the underside containing an adhesive. This adhesive only sets off once the patch is heated, in this case, with an iron right on the target piece of clothing.
The Difference Of Iron On Patches
Aside from patches that are made to be ironed on to clothing, there are also patches with velcro backing or those with tape backing. There are also patches that have a button underneath the backing, as well as the conventional patch that should be sewn on to our target piece of clothing. With all these many types of patches, why should we choose patches with iron-on backing?
Let’s start with the velcro or tape backed patches. Patches with velcro backing can be removed whenever we want them to. But velcro material can also be damaging to some kinds of fabrics.
How about button-on patches? These are basically patches with a button underneath for securing. This kind of patch would need a fairly thick backing to obscure the button, and a hole on the target piece of clothing for the button. Obviously, we would still need to do some sewing here.
As for iron-on patches, one would need a hot iron to secure the patch. Just put the patch above the target area, press an iron on top, and presto! The patch is on place!
Patches with iron backing are great when the clothing material can withstand hot ironing, making them best for cotton and denim fabrics. Polyester is alright, but one should take extra care. However, delicate material such as silk is often not a good choice for patches with iron-on backing. It could work by adjusting the heat of the iron to the lowest setting, but it really depends if and when the heat will be enough for the adhesive on the backing to stick to the fabric. Hopefully, it will be sooner before the delicate material gets damaged.
Where To Purchase Iron On Patches
Conventional patches that are made to be sewn directly on the target clothing can usually be bought anywhere sewing goods are sold, but searching for iron-on patches for sale can be quite tricky, even a pain. Our best bet would be online stores that specifically cater to customers looking for patches, so we can have choices. Normally, these websites sell patches by the bulk. We can send them our preferred designs by email and get a free quote.