Choosing the right patch type is not an easy decision.We offer three types of patches: embroidery, woven and printed.They have their own advantages and disadvantages for your brand needs, but the choice between all three depends on who you want to choose.There are six important differences between these three different species, as follows:
#1 Thread thickness
Embroidery and woven patches are made of durable colored thread.However, the difference lies in the thickness of the thread used.
Embroidered patch: Use thick thread and sew it onto the base cloth.This gives the embroidery patch a unique size, thickness and classic look.It feels choppy.
woven patch: Woven patches are made of fine thread and "have no base cloth" to make them look smooth and flat.
Printing patches: Printing photographs, designs, or text on twill fabric.Digital art works do not use wires, but are transferred to patches by heat.Faster and more convenient.
#2 Design and text clarity
Embroidery patch: The thicker lines in the embroidery patch capture less detail on the patch.If you need to add text to your design, it is best to use a capital uppercase font to make it visible in an embroidered patch.Or you need to make your patch size bigger.
woven patch: Because the thread used is relatively thin, it can present some small details well.If needed, it can be reproduced in a smaller space.In woven patches, lowercase letters, script text, can be captured with a smaller text size than embroidery patches.This type of patch doesn't matter how big your patch size is, there's no limit to how much detail you can display.
Printed patches: These patches can contain multiple colors, highly detailed designs and text.Select this patch if you want to recreate a landscape, brand logo image, or photo.
#3 Patch textures
Embroidery patch: it has texture, thick lines are made to give it a unique 3D feel.In addition, the average thickness of the patch is thicker because the patch uses a thicker line.
woven patches: Use thin threads tightly braided together to provide a smooth, no-bulge texture.Threads provide clearer lines and a closer look to the printed look.The thickness of the patch is streamlined and thin.
Printed patch: The patch has a smooth, flat and clean appearance.
#4 Color gradient
Embroidery patches: You can get a 3D touch effect in embroidery patches by overlaying thick lines on multiple layers.
woven patch: The illusion of color gradient can be created in a braided patch by concentrating similar color lines of different tones in a small area.
Printed patches: Can reproduce the color of the design very well.
#5 Durability/fade resistance
Embroidery patch: Embroidery patch has higher durability due to the use of thick thread on twill backing.These threads can withstand multiple wash cycles.
woven patches: Braid patches are braided together using thinner threads and do not need to be anchored to a substrate.They are not as durable as embroidered patches.
Printed patches: Printed patches stand up to water washing, but text and images can look faded after a few washes.
#6 Perceived value
Embroidered patches have a classic retro look that exudes a high-end, professional vibe.
The woven patch has a smooth and modern look.
Printed patches provide a low-cost, mass-produced look.