The Twill And The Adhesive
The twill is the back part of the patch or its base. It is where the thread is being stitched through, creating a design.
At our site, www.patches4less.com, you can browse through our collection of twill colors on the Designing page of our site. You will also notice a table at the bottom part of the Pricing page that has percentages at the header: 50%, 75% and 100%. They represent the amount of area of the twill to be embroidered. 100% means that the entire twill is to be embroidered. 75% has lesser embroidery compared with the 100%. 50% implies the smallest embroidery; it is usually used for names and very small patches.
As the name of the patch implies, you need to apply high heat to attach it onto the garment. Unlike the other kinds of adhesive backings, like Velcro, the adhesive is heat-sensitive. It means that the adhesive melts upon heating and sticks to the surface it is on, in this case your clothes.
Now, To Attach The Patch
A few days have passed and you finally have your hard work immortalized in a colorful web of fabric and thread. But as you stare at the finished iron-on patches, you are faced with a difficult question: How does one do this properly? Simple. Get your materials: an ironing board or any surface that can withstand heat, your iron, a small piece of cloth, your iron-on patch, the garment you will use and yes, patience.
Tip: denser fabrics like denim are best for patches because they don’t easily burn. Be cautious though when using polyester fabric; it is sensitive to heat as it will burn and become discolored with prolonged heat exposure. We don’t suggest using leather and lighter fabrics like silk for iron-on patches as these types have increased chances of burning.
Before everything starts, make sure the garment you want to use the patch on is clean and dry or else it won’t stick properly. Then arrange the patch on the garment you picked to get an idea on how it will look after you’ve attached it. In cases where you would need multiple patches, find the best position for each patch. After, proceed to ironing process.
First, lay the garment you want to use on the ironing board or any surface that can withstand heat. You want to make sure that the garment has no creases.
Secondly, place the patch on the desired area of the garment. Just a reminder, iron-on patches are one of the permanent patches in the market. You can’t remove it even after 70 washings.
Next, place the small cloth over the patch. It prevents the heat to come in contact directly with the patch. We wouldn’t want a beautiful patch go to waste. Note: For irons with a steam setting, make sure it is disabled and there is no water in the compartment. Set the iron on the highest setting the fabric of the garment can stand. Press the hot iron firmly over the patch and hold it for 20 seconds. Keep a steady hand to avoid the patch from shifting on the fabric. For those with shaky hands, this might be tricky.
Next, carefully remove the iron but don’t touch the patch just yet. Allow it first to cool down for a couple of minutes. Peek under the cloth and check if there are still edges of the patch that aren’t fully adhered. Press the iron against the cloth for 10 seconds more if needed. The edges should lay flat against the fabric. Some people still stitch the edges for security but no need to worry! Our iron-on patches have water-resistant adhesives. We recommend hand-washing the garment with the patch rather than putting it in the washing machine. The friction caused by the machine and the dryer may cause the patches to peel.
The Right Way To Make It Last
As long as they’re handled properly, iron-on patches on garments last for a long time. It may even last for more than 80 washings. On washing the garment with the patch, use lukewarm water and wash it gently. It’s better to turn it inside and out even when drying and ironing. The patch will last for a long time without peeling at the corners. Avoid brushing around the patch and using bleach. These will enhance risk of the patch peeling off and the bleach is a surefire factor that will cause discoloration of the patch.
Iron on patches developed exactly to your group’s design specifications are all we do. Here www.patches4less.com can provides a high-quality look without the high cost.