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.

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