We must admit, we love patches. They add a touch of sophistication and ruggedness on jackets, club shirts, and blazers. With patches, we can display pride, affiliation, and allegiance to exclusive groups, clubs, or parties. Patches can also be purely aesthetic — beautiful to have and look at.
In today’s world, PVC badges are fast replacing embroidery patches because they come from plastic, which is durable. With PVC, you also get an array of colors to choose from. This feature makes them ideal for designing unique patterns and styles that are difficult to achieve with ordinary embroidery.
With embroidery, applying a patch to your favorite shirt or jacket is relatively easy. All you have to do is sew it in. What About PVC patches? How do you apply those to fabrics?
It seems quite obvious, but sewing is one great way to put a PVC patch on your clothes. It is, in fact, the simplest and most straightforward way to do it. Many manufacturers recommend that you sew PVC patches onto your clothing. It is also an industry standard for many patches that come with a sewing channel that guides you on where the stitches will go.
2. Hook and Loop
Hook and loop is another great way to put a PVC patch on your clothes. Many clothes, especially uniforms of EMTs, nurses, and disciplined forces have loop fasteners sewn onto them. All that you have to do is attach the badge with the hooks onto the loop fasteners. Fortunately, many manufacturers will send your PVC patches with both the hook and loop sides. Therefore, all you have to do is sew or glue the loop-fastener onto your clothes then attach the PVC patch that has hooks.
Using an adhesive is one other way to apply patches on your clothing. In this case, the patch usually comes with a peel-and-stick surface. The manufacturer applies a special type of adhesive on the back of the patch, and then they overlay it with paper that you can peel off before use. This type of glue is much stronger than ordinary glue. However, it is not a permanent solution. It will, unfortunately, not last a cycle in your washing machine. Glue also weakens over time, making this the least ideal way to apply PVC patches on your clothing.
4. Magnetic Backing
Small magnetic disks are sandwiched between a layer of fabric and PVC, making the patch a woven magnet. One half-inch magnet is usually sufficient for a 3-inch PVC patch. Ordinarily, many 3-inch patches come with a pair of magnets. Magnets hold tight and do not fall off, making them extremely useful to PVC patches. They remain strong and useful for years.
5. Pin Backing
Much like magnetic backing, pin backing works by embedding pins inside two layers of backing on the PVC patch. This embedding lets you use the patch the same way you would use a brooch. These pins come with butterfly clutches that help secure the patch in place. Pin backing is flexible in nature, letting you put your patch anywhere you want. It could be on your bag, on your jacket, or your shirt.
Using any of these five methods, you can attach your favorite PVC patch onto your clothes and fabric in quick, simple steps. All of them are simple to do, easy to reverse (if needed), and do not ruin your clothes. Try them out. Let us know what you think.
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