It is normal for teams, schools, or organizations to wear uniforms that have similar logos on the chest or on the sleeves. This makes them easily identifiable during conventions, events, and meets. There are many ways to have these emblems or logos appear on a garment, such as by having them printed directly on the clothing or embroidering the pattern straight on the face of a shirt or of a cap. A more practical method, however, is to order customized embroidered patches, which you can keep on stock and sold or distributed as necessary. Patches also offer versatility because you can always attach them to any piece of cloth any way you want. Most of all, they can be re-used. For instance, you can remove them from a torn shirt and re-attach to a new one. Hence, most organizations prefer embroidered patches than other available alternatives.
When buying custom embroidered patches, there are several tips that you may want to take note of to help you get more savings and to ensure that you only get the best quality from the manufacturer.
Choose a Reputable Company
First of all, pick a company that is known for making great patches that are of high quality. That means that the embroidery must be clean, the different elements must not overlap each other, the edges and the threads must not fray, and they must last long. You can always get referrals from friends or other associations and once you check out these companies, ask for samples of their previous works to assess their quality. A company with good reputation must also be able to produce the precise number of pieces that you ordered and deliver them on time. Speaking of which, although many would prefer a local company, the best deals are often offered by online shops located in a different city. You can always transact with them but they have to assure you that they can deliver your orders on the date you have agreed on.
Consider the Size
The bigger the size of the patch, the more you have to pay for it because it will require more material. This is why you must be very practical with your design, too. For instance, if you can fit all the elements of the design on a 2 by 2 inch patch, that will be good, especially if you only intend to use it on the shirtsleeves.
Order by Bulk
This is a sensible advice to follow if the embroidered patches can be distributed continuously, year after year, such as in the case of school logos. Ordering in larger quantities will always make you save on cost. However, this cannot apply to everyone. For instance, if the patch is for a specific event, like an anniversary, you have no choice but to order based on the exact number of attendees or users. Nonetheless, it will be better to get the exact number of orders early on so that you can buy them altogether.
Percentage of Coverage and Backing
These two factors will also affect the price of the patches. Percentage of coverage refers to the total area of the face of the patch that is embroidered. For example, if you are using a gray twill fabric and has a gray element on your design, that element may not be embroidered anymore, which will save you on cost. Different backing materials also have different prices, so consider this too when ordering your patches.
These are the basic things to remember when buying and ordering patches. Of course, you must make sure that the design you want was understood by the manufacturer and you can avoid mistakes by asking them to make you a sample first. Once you have all of these covered, you can be more assured that you will get the patches as you want them and for a more affordable price.