Choose the Right Backing for Your Custom Embroidered Patches

Alright, you got your concept art for your custom embroidered patches! Now you’re ready to make your order.

Then they ask what type of backing would you choose? Below are the common options: iron-on backing, adhesive backing and Velcro backing.

What’s backing?

Backing is the material to be sewn behind your custom embroidered patches. It serves as a method for the patch to adhere to the clothing.

Before you shrug your shoulders, there are some factors to consider. What type of cloth do you plan to adhere your patch on? How long do you want it to last? How long are you going to use it on your apparel?

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•    No Backing/ Plastic Backing

You can choose to go without a backing for your patch. Without backing, the patch would be flexible, less thick and less firm. Without any backing, the patch must be sewn.

If you want your patch to have stiffness and support, you can order your patch with plastic backing. It allows your patch to be flat when you sew it into clothing. Plastic backing can be used to any patch regardless of size, shape and type.

•    Iron-on Backing

Iron-on backing allows you to adhere your custom embroidered patches by ironing them. Depending on the company, the adherence of the patch will last for a range of wash cycles. It is also advised to sew patches with this kind of backing to have the patch adhere to the clothing longer. This type of backing doesn’t work with synthetic fabrics such as nylon.

•    Adhesive Backing

Adhesive backing on a patch is like a sticker. A sheet of glue is applied on the custom embroidered patch, and covered with paper until it’ll be used. It won’t last long after a wash cycle. Even if the apparel isn’t washed (such as a rubber coat or boots), the backing will weaken after some time. This backing is meant for single events.

Like the plastic backing, this can be used to any type of patch of any shape and size.

•    Velcro Backing

Velcro backing for patches is available in hook fasteners (the bristly part of the Velcro) or hook-and-loop fasteners (both the bristly material and the soft material). Velcro backing patches that are sold with hook fasteners only are for those who have loop fasteners already sewn in their clothing, like soldier uniforms. If you prefer the Velcro Backing with both hook-and-loop fasteners, make sure that your preferred patch company sews the Velcro into the patch instead of gluing them for long-lasting adherence.

•    Magnetic Backing

If you want to stick a patch without sewing or ironing or having adhesive on your cloth, another method is the magnetic backing. Magnetic discs inside the patch and its partner outside the patch holds the patch for an indefinite amount of time. Some patch companies use adhesive magnets instead of magnetic discs.

•    Pin Backing

Pin backing is used for patches that will be transferred in different occasions. Such as a jacket. A pin is sewn in the backing material. Once the patch is pinned to the fabric, a clutch is used to secure it.

•    Button Loop Backing

A loop is sewn or glued in the backing material. This is usually used by scouting organizations where the patches can hang in the scouts’ uniforms. This is surprisingly durable since the button only has to support the light weight of custom embroidered patches.

So there you have it. The most long-lasting backing is to sew it on. For one-time occasions, use adhesive backings. Magnetic backings is the least damaging to fabrics. Button loops are the simplest durable backing. For transferable patches, use any patches above except plastic no backing.

Ever Heard of Challenge Coins?

You might have come across people yelling “Coin check!” on one of your drinking parties and you must have wondered what it was all that about. They were most probably just playing a drinking game using their challenge coins. If you never knew about these coins until now, don’t worry about it because you are not alone. Many people aren’t aware of it unless they’re part of the military, police, or fire department. On the other hand, you might already have it in your collection without knowing how it’s commonly used.

Challenge coins are those 3-diameter coins or medallions that usually bear a name and an emblem. These coins are made of copper, nickel or pewter and can have a variety of finish such as bronze, gold, and silver. Just to be clear, these coins do not have any monetary value and could not be used to buy things. A coin’s value, however, depends on what it represents.

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If you have come across challenge coins, you will notice their different designs. As it reflects the personality of a specific unit, each coin design is unique from another unit’s. As a side note, if you wanted to have a challenge coin and you have no idea on how to design it, you can probably ask some professionals to style it for you. Anyway, coin designs are very varied. It can be very simple or very complex depending on the organization which it represents. These are generally used for the sake of identification and are carried at all times by members of a unit or organization. After all, the coins build morale and promote the team’s camaraderie or brotherhood.

These coins have deep roots in the military and its origin was dated back to as far as World War I. The coin was also taken as a sign of a warrior. In the Roman Empire, soldiers were rewarded coins for their show of valour or as recognition for their achievements. In the military, it became a longstanding tradition for members to keep their coins within arm’s reach. To ensure that this tradition is upheld, the coin check was developed.

The coin check is a challenge that can be made by anyone who owns a challenge coin. You can initiate a coin check by displaying your coin in any means possible and expressly stating your intention for a coin check. If you are the one being challenged, you can respond by displaying your coin in the same manner. The person who was unable to respond correctly would be given a penalty. In cases where everyone responded correctly, the challenger will be the one given the penalty. You usually buy drinks for the team as penalty in coin checks. Also, be very careful in handling your challenge coins,as dropping them could initiate an accidental coin check. You could very well end up spending all your money paying drinks for your buddies! The coin check can be initiated at any time and any place, so you better not lose your coins and keep them around at all times!

Challenge coins are not just used for identification or games but are also given as a show of appreciation or recognition of a job well done to civilians. Some give it simply as a sign of connection. In the military, coins are given by way of a handshake. Some called this the “secret handshake” wherein the giver puts the coin in his hand and while in a supposedly normal handshake, turns over the coin to another. This happens in the blink of an eye and is as inconspicuous as possible. If you’re feeling up to it, you could keep your eye out for those secret handshakes in the future.

Author Bio:

At Challenge Coins 4 Less, challenge coins are the absolute best in the business. We produce custom coins for all branches of US Military.