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Sourcing large, custom sewn patches

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:48 pm

So I'm thinking of placing an order for 20-40 large embroidered patches for members of my camp, like the kind you might see on the back panel of a motorcycle jacket:
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Only with the camp logo, of course. The threads would only be of 1 or 2 colors and the border would probably be irregular. I think sew-on should be fine; probably won't need iron-on backing.

I've found a lot of places on the web that offer large custom patches, so I'd appreciate input if any eplayans have had experiences with such things. Is it customary to get a sample patch? Should I be wary of varying dye lots or a need for a high thread density? Should I look for thicker patches for stiffness or thinner patches for easier sewing? Am I being too picky?
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Re: Sourcing large, custom sewn patches

Postby Elliot » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:11 pm

One item: Ages ago, I ordered shoulder patches for a car club. They turned out lovely -- until they were washed. Club members of course sewed the patches onto denim and other washable jackets, and the patches shrank and were ruined. So you may want to ask about wash-ability. Good luck!
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Re: Sourcing large, custom sewn patches

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:27 pm

Just the sort of insight I was looking for. Thanks.
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