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Swimming Badges / Patches

Swimming badges are a fun and creative way to recognize achievements and motivate swimmers to improve their skills. Our company offers a range of options for creating custom swimming badges, including embroidered patches, woven badges, and sublimation printed badges for swimwear.

With low minimums starting from just 25 pieces, we make creating personalized swim team badges, swim meet awards, and swimming level badges easy and affordable.

Our experienced designers can work with you to create the perfect swim badge

design, incorporating your own logos and hand-drawn images, or using existing designs. We can add personalized text to your badges, making them truly unique and special.

Our swim badges are high-quality and durable, able to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use.

They can be sewn onto swimwear or swim towels and proudly displayed to family and friends. And, our embroidered swimming patches are especially popular, featuring vibrant colors and intricate designs.

Whether you’re a swim team coach, swim meet organizer, or just an individual looking to recognize your own swimming achievements, our custom swimming badges are a perfect choice. With our personalized service, affordable pricing, and high-quality production, we’re the best choice for custom swimming badges, swim team badges, and swim competition badges.

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First, ensure you obtain permission from the club to reproduce their artwork. If you’d like us to match your badge to an existing badge, please provide a high-resolution file with any new badge designs for us to copy accurately if you have any Pantone references. That is always a bonus! We can even work from Hand drawn artwork ideas as long as the concept is clear.

Choose from embroidered , woven , or sublimation badges. 

Decide how you’d like to attach the badge to the uniform. There are three methods:

Iron on

Badges can be ironed on or heat-pressed onto the garments (manual stitching is also recommended for greater durability).

Embroidery applique

The badge is outlined on an embroidery machine to give a fantastic finish.

Manual stitching

The badge is stitched by hand or by sewing machine.

Our art team will send various mock-ups for your approval – you will have 100% control over this to ensure the product perfectly matches your initial design.

What is the minimum order?

The minimum order is from 25 upwards per badge, depending on the type of badge you choose, however; you can place a larger order and take advantage of the higher volume discounts. 

What type of badge would you recommend for swimming badges?

 Many swimming badges are simple in design, with the same logo but different coloured wording and figures. Sublimation, Woven, embroidery, and embroidery with a twill background are popular. Merrow borders are favoured for hand-sewn badges. PVC and TPU badges can be used if more significant quantities are required.

Swimming badges are best attached by hand sewing on, heat-seal backing is not recommended as an attachment under swimming conditions.

What is the difference between these badges?

We have made simple videos showing the different types of badges.
Watch our videos here

Can we match an existing badge or direct embroidery design?

Yes! All you have to do is let us know the specifications and the thread colours by stating the Pantone references or using our high-resolution shade cards. Alternatively, post the existing badge to us, and we’ll match the colours as closely as possible for you.

How soon can I expect my order?

Sublimation and embroidered badges can be shipped within 7-10 days

 Please allow 2-3 weeks for woven badges. Specialists’ badges will vary.

Can I see a photograph of the finished badge before I confirm an order?

When you place an order, we have a 2 stage approval process.  In the first Digital Mockup step, we create a photograph of a computer-generated mockup,  the idea is to ensure that elements in the artwork are present, and this will require your first approval (please note any changes in this stage are free). Once you first approve, this will trigger the production/physical approval step, and we will create a photograph of your actual stitched-out badge. Once you second approve, this will trigger production, or you can request up to 4 sample badges to be sent to you (please note any changes at this stage will be chargeable).

Can I get a sample of my badge before I order the entire quantity?

99% of our customers are happy with digital and production approval from a photograph of their badge. If you want to order a sample badge before a total order, the cost is as follows:- £30 + VAT + tracked and signed postage from Brentwood, UK, to your destination. Please note that an actual physical sample request adds up to  9 days to your final delivery.

What is Digital Mock-up approval?

When you place an order, we have a 2 stage approval process. In the digital mock-up approval step, we create a photograph of a computer-generated mockup; the idea is to ensure that elements in the artwork are present, which will require your first approval. Please ensure that each element of your bespoke badge is correct; if not, amend it. Amendments at this stage are free, and the process will revert to an amended computer-generated mockup. Please be aware each amendment can cause a delay. Once you approve, this will trigger the production/physical sample approval step.

What is production/physical sample approval?

Once you first approve, this will trigger the second approval step, and we will create a photograph of your actual stitched-out badge. Any amendments at this stage will be chargeable. The process will revert to an amended computer-generated digital mockup, which will require your first approval, followed by a second approval. Please be aware that an amendment at this stage will cause a delay. Once you second approve, this will trigger production, or you can request up to four sample badges.

What file types and formats are accepted?

A high-resolution file of an aerial image of your badge design is required; ideally, jpeg, png, or pdf. Please let us know if you have any other files.

 

Here are the top 3 choices for swimming badges; the quantity and the complexity of your logo dictate the final choice. 

Sublimation badges or printed sublimation patches

A sublimation badge is created by printing your image onto a badge fabric using a unique technique where the print ink penetrates the fibres of your fabric. This means that the print will not crack or peel.

  1. Suitable for complex artwork and artwork that contains smaller unconnected objects like stars 
  2. This is the best option if your logos have shadows, gradients, shading and blends.
  3. Suitable for smaller quantities from 25 pieces only
  4. Looks richer with a satin stitched-edged border
  5. although the final effect is flat, it retains the most detail.
  6. Sublimation patches can be delivered super fast, with 24-48 hours for production scan and 7-9 days delivery for the final production.

Embroidered badges

Embroidered badges do make your logo and image stand out, but there are some limitations on size and complexity. For example, if you use a standard Arial or a similar font, the minimum size of each letter should be at least 4mm high to look good.

  1. Suitable for simple artwork with simple text
  2. Suitable for smaller quantities from 25 pieces only
  3. Looks richer with a satin stitched-edged border
  4. Although the final effect stands out, its best suitable for more straightforward artwork.
  5. Embroidered patches can be delivered fast, with 24 hours for production scans and 7-9 working days for delivery.

Woven Patches

Woven patches are created on a weaving machine where the design is interwoven into the fabric, forming a part of the fabric itself.

  1. Suitable for complex artwork, with smaller text from 2.5mm tall 
  2. It’s not possible to achieve complex gradients and blends 
  3. Minimum quantities start at 100 pcs. Approval production scan takes five days, and production time is generally two weeks after approval
  4. Looks richer with an overlocked border, but an overlocked border is not suitable for complex shapes
  5. although the final effect is flat, it retains the most detail. And it stands out a bit more than sublimation badges

For more information, please call us on 08003687414, or you can chat with us by clicking here

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