Embroidered patches can be made without a backing. (In fact, they start out that way.) These patches will show the twill or threads on the back of the patch, and they are generally more flexible. Patches without backings do not have the same thickness or stiffness as patches with backings; therefore, the best time to order patches without backings is when they will be sewn onto garments or other types of fabrics.
Non Woven Backing
Nonwoven backing is similar to what’s used in logo embroidery on any embroidery machine.
Hook-Sided Velcro Backing
Velcro backings tend to be used in military applications such as morale patches, where removing and reapplying patches happens frequently. Hook and loop fasteners are available in one side or two sides. If your uniform or garment already has a loop fastener area, one-sided Velcro is the best choice. One-sided Velcro is our most popular Velcro option, comprising upward of 95% of Velcro orders. As you can see, we offer Velcro backing in other colours besides black, including—but not limited to—OD green, brown, and shades of gray.
An adhesive backing is a non-permanent option when applied to fabric or clothing; therefore, it is best for a single event. Although the glue is much stronger than what you will find on an average paper sticker, it will not withstand a cycle in the washing machine, and it will also weaken over time. For permanent application, order your custom patches with plastic or no backing and sew them to your garment. Also known as peel and stick, adhesive, in a sense, turns your patch into an embroidered sticker. A glue is pressed onto the back of the patch, then is overlaid with paper to be peeled off at the time of use.
Also known as iron-on, heatseal allows patch application to a garment using a home iron. Heat seal backings add some stiffness to patches, allowing them to lay flat. Some patch companies rate their iron-on backing for 20-30 washes, while others, including EMBROIDERYBADGE.COM, use more robust adhesives to achieve 50-80 washing cycles. When using heatseal, it is advisable to sew a few stitches first, in order to hold the patch in place. Heat seal doesn’t work with nylon or other synthetic fabrics.
Plastic backing adds stiffness and support to the patch, allowing it to stay flat over time, while still leaving the patch thin enough to be sewn onto a garment. EMBROIDERYBADGE.COM includes plastic backing at no extra charge. Plastic can be used with any patch, regardless of size, shape, or border type.