Before you think this is just another bias article trying to convince our customers to choose custom patches instead of direct embroidery, you should know that we offer direct embroidery services on t-shirts, polos, dress shirts, etc… and we do direct embroidery on caps. The advantage however to patches over direct embroidery is that over the long run it is a more cost effective option. Direct embroidery onto a garment cost on average between $3 to $5. On average a left chest patch cost between $.75 to $2. When you add the cost of sewing the patch onto a garment which is around $.50, at $1.25 to $2.50 it is still between 20% to 400% cheaper than direct embroidery. Lets say that your company has 20 employees and each employee requires 5 garments with your company logo sewn onto it. That is 100 garments. With an average price difference between an embroidered patch and direct embroidery being $1.62 that is $162 saved. Furthermore, in many industries such as auto mechanics, gardening, and restaurants it requires that uniforms are changed at least twice per year, because the uniforms get dirty. The benefit to an embroidered patch is that you can simply cut that patch off of the garment and re-sew it onto a new garment. So instead of paying an average of $4 to have the embroidery done again on a new shirt, you simply just need to pay $.50 to have the patch re-sewn onto a new garment. This is a savings of $3.50 or another $350. If a company operates a staff of 20 people, with each person receiving 5 uniforms, with an average turnover of 2 times per year on a uniform, then the total savings are $512 per year. Small but significant savings for a small business.