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Why Embroidery Patches Are Better Than Direct Embroidery


April 03, 2024


In the textile industry, it is a long-standing argument that embroidery patches are better than direct. They actually are and this article addresses the reasons why, but not before understanding the nuances of each technique.

What is Embroidery?

Embroidery is a craft that involves stitching patterns, images and even beads into clothes to decorate them.

What Are Embroidery Patches?


Decorative objects called embroidery patches are created by  stitching thread onto fabric backing to create designs and sometimes, images. Usually, they are pressed or sewn onto clothes. The type of backing used determines the type of patch it is. For example, a patch with a felt backing or base is called a felt patch. These pieces come in various shapes, sizes, and designs. They are also known as cloth badges. 

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What Is Direct Embroidery?


Direct embroidery involves stitching a design or pattern directly onto fabric using specialist embroidery machines. This technique of embroidery allows for text, pictures, logos and patterns to be created by sewing thread onto the fabric's surface.


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Reasons Why Embroidery Patches Are Better Than Direct Embroidery

One cannot take sides without backing their decision with reasons. The reasons for insisting that embroidery patches are better than direct embroidery are as follows:

  • Convenience

In the process of making embroidery patches, one could use hand-needle to make embroideries. But while making direct embroideries, one has to use specialised embroidery machines. 

Making embroidery patches with a hand-needle is convenient as it can be done irrespective of where you are; even if you're travelling!


It is also convenient in the sense that just a simple iron helps to attach the embroidery onto clothes. There is no need for large equipment.

  • Better Finished Pieces

Another reason why embroidery patches are better is due to the fact that they make clothes look more polished.  Because patches are made separately, they can be thoroughly inspected for any imperfections before being applied to the desired item. This helps to ensure that only the highest standard patches are used, resulting in a polished and professional appearance.


  • Versatility

Regardless of the fabric material, embroidery patches can be attached to any cloth you want to beautify. Embroidery patches can be used with a variety of textiles and garments, including leather and lace, without the requirement for special tools. They are ideal for converting to a customizable collection of products such as hats, purses, coats, etc.

  • Cost-Effectiveness

In certain instances, especially for intricate designs or huge quantities, embroidery patches may prove to be more economical than straight embroidery. This is due to the fact that patches may be made in large quantities utilizing bulk production methods, whereas direct stitching can take more time and work.


  • Personalization Options

Personalisation options are almost unlimited with embroidery patches. There are a wide range of options spanning different sizes, shapes, colours and textures. This allows for patches to have greater originality and individuality to spice up a style or use case.


  • Durability

The quality of embroidered patches is often superior to direct embroidery due to factors such as precise stitching, choice of durable fabric and thorough quality control. The strong materials that embroidered patches consist of, like polyester or twill, can tolerate normal wear and tear. 


Furthermore, patches can be finished in a number of ways to strengthen their defenses against fading, fraying, and other types of harm.

These elements collectively contribute to the overall excellence and longevity of embroidered patches


  • Ease of Application

Usually, applying an embroidery patch just takes a few easy actions, including sewing or pressing the patch onto the chosen surface. Direct embroidery, on the other hand, entails sewing the design directly into the fabric, which might take longer and possibly need specialist equipment.



Though the answer is clear, the argument of whether embroidery patches are better than direct or not will still be on in years to come. It is better to ignore the unnecessary debate and focus on what is generally beneficial; embroidery patches.



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Linda Martin

I'm Linda Martin. I lead the Vivipins team in the custom bags department. Together, we specialize in creating masterpieces that tell your brand or fashion uniqueness, and in the most personalized manner possible. As diverse as bag styles can be, so are we at Vivipins when it comes to giving you that one type of bag you desire so badly. Material, style, and quality do not limit us. We are the bag industry specialist delivering to each of our customers the exceptional bag thrill they are looking for.

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