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Important Embroidered Patch Terms and Definitions

If you are new to ordering custom patches , you may not be familiar with patch lingo. There are many terms that are associated with custom emblems , these patch terms are very important to know when ordering your patches. They are very important to learn because they effect the outcome of what your embroidered patch will look like.

I would like to go over these terms and their meanings so you are well informed and prepared to order your embroidered emblems. You better pay attention , there will be a quiz at the end and a prize!

Embroidered Patch Terms and Definitions

Mock-Up Sample– a digital sample of what your embroidered patch will look like.

Sewn -Out Sample- a sewn-out sample of what your embroidered patch will look like.

Twill Fabric- is a fabric

Patch Size- add the height and the width of your design then divide the total by 2. The result is the size of your patch design.

Merrowed Border- A 1/8″ border that overclocks the emblem edge, preventing fraying and gives your patch a clean finished look.

Hot Knife- For patches with complex shapes or detailed borders.

Satin Stitch – 1/6″ satin stitch edge without the overlocking the emblem’s edge.

Smooth Cut- No stitching on the patch edge

Frayed Edges -We put the patches through a special process that frays the edges of the patch.


50% Embroidery Coverage – 50% or less of the  patch surface area that will be covered in embroidery.

75% Embroidery Coverage- 75% or less of the custom patch surface area that will be covered in embroidery.

100% Embroidery Coverage – 100% of the custom insignia’s patch surface area will be covered.
CAD Design- CAD stands for computer- aided design. CAD design gives instructions to our in house digitizers so they can create your custom embroidered emblem.

Embroidered Patch- is a piece of artwork created thru an embroidery machine using materials such as cotton twill and different color threads.  It conveys a theme, event or logo that commemorates the users’ message.

PMS Color- PMS stands for Pantone Matching System.

PVC Patch-  PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride

Velcro Hook or Loop backing – Velcro loop side which can either be sewn on or iron-on

Chenille patch- is a fabric made with fringed thread used as the weft in combination with wool or cotton.

Quiz time!!!! I told you there would be a prize….. The first 10 people that answer this quiz , I will feature their custom patch onto our website , facebook , pinterest account and twitter. Are you ready???

What is a sewn-out sample ?

What is 75% embroidery coverage?

What is a PVC patch?

How do you get your patch size?

What is a merrowed border?

I hope that these terms and definitions have been informative! I look forwarding to featuring the first 10 patches on my next blog , so remember to take the quiz! And check to see if your custom patch was featured!

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