Embroidered Patches vs Woven Patches
Both woven and embroidered patches are excellent ways to decorate, enhance, highlight or embellish the look of your apparel and products. They both use threads to articulate and express your design concepts. While an embroidered patch is a piece of embroidery made from a fabric backing and thread, a woven patch is created by weaving the threads together to create a patch. Due to the difference in how they are made, you may want to use one over the other.
What is the main difference between an embroidered and woven patch?
Woven labels are all threads woven together on a loom. Embroidered patches are threads embroidered onto a substrate, most typically cotton canvas with an embroidery machine.
So, how do they differ and which one is best for my brand?
Well, if your artwork has fine details such as intricate artwork, small text or gradation, we definitely recommend a woven patch over an embroidered patch. Embroidery does not allow for the same amount of detail as woven apparel labels do since the thread is much thicker.
If you need a patch that looks similar to a military/scout patch or if you want some depth in your label, we recommend an embroidered patch. Crude stitches are visible that create a rugged, bulky appearance. It's great for embellishing sport jackets, pants or uniforms.
The canvas backgrounds come in multitudes of colors, but Solid Coated or Uncoated PantoneTM numbers cannot be matched exactly, but will be matched as closely as possible.
Minimums and Turn Around Time
The prices for embroidered patches depend on the size, how much surface area of the patch is embroidered, whether there is over lock stitching or not and if the patch has heat adhesive on the back.
Minimum order: 1,000pcs (Set up is included in the cost of embroidered patches, but not sampling. Sampling is $150 extra.)
Turn around time: Samples typically take 9-12 business days and production typically takes 10-14 business days. Expedite service is available with an additional fee starting at $90. Please ask a sales rep for more information.
If you do not like the look of embroidered patches, or if you want a more detailed patch, woven patches are a great option. Woven patches are produced just like woven labels are, but are usually die cut to shape and have a felt backing. Woven Patches can be sewn or ironed on. You can also have over-lock stitching on woven patches. Woven patches are generally less expensive than embroidered patches and are faster to produce. But, if you are looking for that embroidered look, woven patches might not work for your needs.
Woven patches can also be made into key chains, dog tags, promotional items and zipper pulls by inserting materials inside to give dimension or a 3D effect. Woven patches can enhance the look of your clothing, toys, shoes, accessories and much more!
Minimum order: 500pcs (Set up and sampling are included in the cost of woven patches.)
Turn around time: Samples typically take about 4-6 business days and production typically takes about 6-9 business days. Expedite service is available for an additional fee starting at $90. Please ask a sales rep for more information.