Types of Custom Patch Backing

Types of Custom Patch Backing

Custom patches can come with or without backing. Custom patches such as embroidered patches, woven patches, and sublimated patches can be stitched directly onto apparel items such as hats, jackets, or uniforms. As an alternative to stitching patches onto the apparel, patches can come with backing, which makes it easier to apply directly to your item. For the longest lasting bond when applying your patches to apparel, it is recommended to use a backing such as iron-on (heat seal) and then sew the patch directly onto your garment. The iron-on backing can be helpful to keep the patch in the proper position while sewing. 

Types of backing include adhesive backing, iron-on backing, and hook-and-loop backing.

Iron-on backing, also known as heat seal backing or heat seal patches, comes with a thin film of special glue that is melted away when heat pressed with an iron. The patch and your apparel item are now bonded. Iron-on patches may be used for hats and caps, bags, backpacks, jackets, shirts, and more.

Adhesive backing uses an adhesive on the back of patches and in order to apply, peel the adhesive and stick on to your garment or item. Unfortunately, adhesive backing is not recommended to hold patches in place longer-term and the patches may furthermore separate when washed.

Hook-and-loop backing is another common method to attach patches. Hook-and-loop does not require sewing and the patches can be easily attached, removed, or swapped with another patch. Also, patches with hook-and-loop backing can be removed from apparel or uniforms before washing in order to save the patches and make them last longer. The patch will have hooks on the back surface, which connect directly to the loops on the fabric surface or your apparel item, to hold the patch in place.

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