For the past couple of years iron on patches have become pretty big. Here’s how we make short run full color printed patches.
It all starts with some white 100% polyester gabardine.
Sublimation print the image on to the fabric and rough cut it out. Sublimation works best on 100% polyester so the fabric is very important.
We make sure the image doesn’t run parallel to the twill, this is important so the image looks “correct”.
Heatbond lite is used to stabilize the fabric fibers so they don’t pull out when the needle hits the end of a weave. If the weave is distressed the color is removed like a dead pixel on a monitor.
Tear away embroidery stabilizer is used in the hoop as a backing for the fabric.
The program is loaded in to the machine with a running stitch first run to align the printed fabric. The running stitch is done over again to attach the loose fabric to the stabilizer and avoid fold over.
Once the embroidery program runs all the way through the loose threads (visible here) are removed and the stabilizer is unhooped. It’s all starting to come together at this point.
Heat bond ultra hold is used to secure the back threads and will allow this patch to be ironed on. Since the print is semi-heat sensitive it’s suggested that sewing them on is the best and most permanent way.
A separate outline program is loaded in to the laser cutter to remove the excess from the patch.
Labels are placed in before the final iron on adhesive is applied so you know who designed them.
Finished sample patches all ready to be mailed out!
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