Our patches are durable, waterfast, and a great alternative to embroidered patches. They are fabric patches with pre-sewn edges, but the design is dyed on instead of stitched on.
The process is called dye sublimation which uses 400-degree heat and special inks, and the image is permanently dyed sub-surface into the fabric.
The only stitching is the border.
Here is a partial list of the advantages of our sublimated dyed patches:
- Unlimited colors
- Fine detail
- No threads to fray
- Clean look without connecting threads between words
- Durable because image is permanently dyed into the patch
- Machine washable, dryable, dry cleanable, and heavy-duty scrubbable
- Waterfast dyes, by the same process that swimsuits and colorful sportswear use
- Unique look when background extends through the border, as in stripes and photographs
- Photographs can be reproduced - not possible with embroidery
- Smooth gradients can be reproduced - not possible with embroidery
- No setup charges, coverage charges, per-color charges
To be fair, here are some limitations of our patches:
- Because we dye the patch in a single step, to get a special edge
color we actually dye the edge at the same time we are dyeing the
rest of the patch. We have found we can dye a contrasting or special
edge color only when the background is also a color. Any background color is
fine, just not white.
We have gotten very accurate on laying down color just onto the edge but not the patch background. But when there is no color to the background, i.e., the original white background, we think it's just a touch noticeable if we don't hit the patch edge precisely.
So if you need a special edge color, and a white background, you may want to do a special order, which will cost more and take more time.
We sometimes suggest you reverse your colors, i.e., have the special color be the background and edge color, with the text in white.
- We do no stitching here. Neither the design is stitched, nor can we
cut and stitch special shapes. If the
sizes and shapes we keep in stock don't suit your project,
nor does something from our Leftover
List, we can special order your patches from the
mill at an extra cost and a
10-day wait. Check your options on our
Special Order page.
However, we are always working to improve our process. Many people are happy with our non-edged patches in any shape or size, up to our maximum of 12.5" x 17.5". The edges do not fray and cut easily with scissors.
- Our patches are sew-on. We offer fabric glue and iron-on backing as a separate charge.
Below are photos of an embroidered patch we were asked to reproduce, with the embroidered on the left and our dyed version on the right. We add drop shadows to most text to simulate three-dimensionality. Note that the lettering is actually more readable in our dyed version. Click on the image to view dye detail.
Here is a patch with white edges, where the design could dye all the way through
to the edge for a unique look.
We are very proud of our patches! Read some of our customer's comments.
The patches look great. We still marvel over the nice job you did with our drawing! E.S., NY
I was really really pleased with our Chinese symbol patches we ordered. Thanks again. D.S., MN
I just received the patches yesterday and they look great.I'm a newly started business and I received my 2nd service call this morning. I was in such a hurry to sew one of the patches onto my shirt so I could look a little more professional when I got to her house this morning. The job went well and I hope to get a lot more business. Thanks for the great job. J.Y., DE
I received the patches today. THEY ARE GREAT!!!! I believe I'm starting to prefer them to the regular embroidered patches. I mailed a couple of duplicates from the first time to a friend. I'll find out what he thinks when I get my next shipment from him. I also sent some patches to a retired Marine. I'm sure they'll like them very much, but initially they take some getting used to. But, once I got the rest of my order in, I am extremely pleased. I'll spread the word about you folks! T.G., IL