You most certainly can.
Not at all. We can do an unlimited amount of colors but for every nine colors of thread your product cost and speed are doubled. For most of our customers’ designs, though, nine colors is more than enough. You might also be interested in a printed patch if you’re really wanting something exceptionally colorful.
We can make gigantic eighteen-inch by eighteen-inch printed patches for a full square foot-and-a-half of patched awesomeness.
These figures describe how much of your patch will be covered with design embroidery and how much will be left “blank” or with just the backing showing. At 100% embroidery, it’s all you design and no backing showing whatsoever; the patch will also have a bit more heft and rigidity than a 50% embroidery patch.
A merrowed border is a specially thick border with embroidery going “in” towards the patch and sturdying up the perimeter. It adds a bit more distinction than simple, thin standard border which is thinner and less definitive, although some prefer the minimalism of a standard border.
Adhesive is a like a heavy-duty sticker, readily taking to surface you place it on after taking the seal off. Iron-on requires the application of piping-hot iron for the adhesive to activate, and it needs to cool on the surface before it’s ready to go. Either are suitable for daily use, although we recommend our extra-strength adhesive for especially grueling conditions.
The hook is the portion which sticky to any fuzzy surface; the loop acts as a more durable “fuzzy surface.”
Offsetting is a technique in design where an image appears to have a shadow by duplicating the image and placing it behind the design and off to the side at an angle.
Most often, yes. It depends on what the colors and styles you’d like to switch out are — but your creative specialist will always configure order in the most economical way possible.
Detail we can handle, but small lettering — especially smaller than 5mm or roughly half an inch — we tend to advise against as virtually all designs except printed items become illegible at this size. We’ll let you know if a detail in your design is too small to be effectively rendered on your item or necessitates a change in production style.
For us, patch size is just a simple height by width measurement that can be accomplished by an everyday ruler. Some patchmakers complicate this by making it a matter of dividing the height by width and charging you based on the answer, but we spare you the long division.
Patches’ maximum size depends on their type; though for most it’s going to be a maximum of eleven twelve inches (corner from corner), speciality patches like PVC and bouillon can only be made up to five inches. Name patches can also exceed twelve inches across, in certain circumstances. Your creative specialist will be able to fill you in on the details — and if you order is large enough, we might be able to break the rules and make an exception for you.
We’d be happy to make you a single patch or what’s often called a “one-off” — but it may not be the most cost-effective option. Our patches are made from scratch, so by the time we’ve set up a manufacturing line for your design, you’ll find that it’s about the same price to have ten patches as it is one. These aren’t canned patches we make by the thousands, run through a desktop printer we found at a garage sale and advertise them as “custom-made”; when you order with us, we design a manufacture line that’s dedicated to your order. That makes a one-patch order a bit expensive, but also more gorgeous than anything else you’ll find on the market.
Like most things involving custom clothing, this one’s best explained visually.
Here’s an image where we’ve placed all the vital information and graphics on a sample image within a zone called “safety,” but extended the image past our desired “trim” point into the “bleed.” Read the following and you too will be able to speak industry jargon:
This is the the perimeter around your image that will be cut off but gives us working space. Please include a .125″ bleed around your images — this would turn a 6″x4” item into 6.25”x4.25”.
This is where we cut the “bleed” off to achieve the desired size. To ensure legibility and a better aesthetic vital graphics and text should not run up against the trim.
This is where all vital graphics must go to guarantee their not being cut. “Safety” is .125” within your desired trim point; you’ll see we’ve placed all our vital text within this zone.
We’re more than happy to provide a digital mock-up of what your patches will look like before you pay your invoice. While this mock-up will differ slightly from the final technical mock-up you’ll approve — what the factory actually feeds into its machines — it provides a highly accurate and often exact copy of what the final product will be. No surprises with us.
Oftentimes for large orders, customers will ask for a physical sample before main production begins, just to ensure they’re getting exactly what they wanted. If your ordered a physical sample but don’t like quite what you’re seeing and feeling, that’s exactly what this sample is for. Let us know and your creative specialist will make the required changes, and if necessary send you another physical sample. We don’t stop until it’s perfect.
A lot of variables form your patches’ end-price; additional special options, like rhinestones or glow-in-the-dark thread, will incur higher costs as will as higher areas of embroidery. Additionally, larger sizes will increase your end cost. Patches like bullion patches which require talented craftsmen working by hand, will also cost more. Generally speaking, the more complex the design, the higher price will be. However, larger orders of any patch type will always benefit from lower prices per patch.
Your card is charged when you either accept our invoice on our website or submit your DIY request. By request, you can receive a designer’s mockup of your final project before we charge your card.
It’s pretty straightforward: the more complex the patch, the pricier it’ll be. Complexity includes factories like size, coverage of the embroidery area (the part of the patch you’ve designed versus the part that’s just the background color), type of thread and special options. Your creative specialist has a great handle on these factors and will be able to suggest options that not only match your aesthetic expectations but also your financial limits — don’t be afraid to ask!
We put a lot of thought into our prices. Some of the more important variables are quantity, stylistic add-ons, size and “surface area” of the modifications — i.e., how much printing, sowing or other graphically-related work does the project require? The person most equipped to give you a price for your product is your sale representative or our useful DIY — both can give you a detailed analysis of your quote and what things featured into our per-item price. Happy hunting!
No, we don’t. If you’re looking for a no-minimum patch producer, we’re one of the few folks who do that. Still, we recommend that if you’re going the through trouble to order one patch, you might as well have a dozen or more made — your sales representative would be happy to show how the per-price item goes down tremendously after even ten items. That’s because we spread the cost of your unique custom patch’s set-up across however many that you order.
That said, if you want something that’s truly one of a kind, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be happy to make a limited edition run of just one.
When you pay your invoice, your order is placed in the hands on our design crew that draws up sketches of your requested product. Once you’ve approved their work, we pass your order along to the factory, who makes a “technical mockup” — the factory’s interpretation of your initial design. Usually, this is almost exactly like what you approved from the designer, but just refined to the capabilities of our machines. Once you’ve approved the technical mockup, we get to work. You get your order in the promised delivery time. Simple, like it should be.
Sometimes we work with customers who have an exact idea of what they want; others have only begun the creative process. You don’t need to know “anything” before you work with us; we help you through the creative process and production process to whatever extent you need. That’s our job.
We’d also love you to know that, working with us, you’re working with a company that handles products for global fashion brands — and in fact, there’s a good chance you might have run into one of our goods and not known it. Check us out and send us an email or a quote request — you’ll find that we’re upfront, informative and excited about any creative projects.
We get back to you within twenty-four hours and usually much faster with a quote for your order and the email address of your personal assistant for any questions you might have. Your project could be under way within a day.