The Iron-On Patches with heatseal backing can be applied to your article of clothing with use of home iron. However, they melt and attach better to cotton and polyester in comparison to nylon and synthetic. Position the patch on the fabric and sew a few stitches on the edges to hold it in place before you apply iron. These patches have a thin layer of heat-activated glue plastered on the layer of plastic backing that becomes adhesive when heat is applied.
First, turn on and heat up the iron to its right temperature setting depending on the type of clothing. Be sure to preheat the iron before you attach the custom patch. Make sure to iron the area of the clothing with an even circular motion to make sure it becomes flat and smooth, because the patch will not adhere correctly if there are wrinkles. Then position the patch over the heated spot and cover it with a cloth or towel to prevent it from burning. Hold the iron with pressure for 30 seconds and move it in circular motion for a few rounds before releasing it. After that, turn the surface inside out to iron the back of the patch for 30 more seconds to seal the glue of the patch to the fabric. Maintain consistent heat and pressure throughout the heat sealing process.
Check the patch by carefully inspecting the edges, if it is properly attached, then the patch will stick to the fabric without having any ends turning up. If it does not, then cover the patch again with cloth, repeating the heating process for another 30 seconds. After this, turn over the clothing carefully and repeat the heating process again to ensure that it completely adheres to the fabric. Finally, let cool for few hours to make sure that the patch securely attaches onto the clothing. Then, wear the clothing to inspect how well the patch holds up around the edges as you move about, stretch, and perform physical activities.
The artwork for Custom Patches can be submitted through the easy order form or you can select the "Help with Artwork" option to scale or choose specific colors for your artwork. For optimum embroidery results, we suggest submitting high resolution files of 300dpi, within the maximum printing area of the given length and width. Please upload files that are vectorized and crisp with high resolution. The accepted file types include, PSD, InDesign, Illustrator, eps, tiff, corel, PDF, .ai and .cdr. These files can be uploaded with reference to to the additional instructions included in the comments section. Please understand that 100% color matching is not possible for embroidery. We highly suggest you provide the required PMS colors from your artworks for us to find thread colors to match your color selections to the best of our abilities. Please follow the guidelines provided here for finest stitching outcomes. We will not be liable for any issues with file formats that were directly sent to us without being sent in for proofs. We will also not be liable for final stitching that does not meet your expected quality/standard.
For creating smooth textures and beautiful gradients, we advise to limit intricate and small details on artworks as they might not show properly on actual embroidered patches. Therefore, please make sure that you use simple fonts and larger text, since small text will tend to lose their sharpness during stitching. There are physical limitations to recreating your artwork—embroidery is done by stitching threads, so keep text and designs simple to ensure that the produced patches are readable and recognizable. To make the submitted artwork look less cluttered, include large and bold texts, avoiding any hard-to-read texts, embossing, drop shadows, gradients, and complex details as they might not be legible upon stitching. Select contrasting colors to produce striking designs and accurate color representations that will complement your selected thread colors. To ensure design stitched well on the finished look, choose your preferred type of edges from two available types of designs: merrow borders and hot cut borders. If help is needed from our design team for further artwork modifications, an extra charge will be added. The charge will be for the additional artwork proofs sent in form of PDF for verification and approval from your end.