Which Type of Backing is Right For Your Custom Patch?
25 / 10 / 19
At Aspinline, we offer 4 different backing options for Custom Patches.
These are: Sew-On, Iron-On, Stick-On and Hook & Loop
But which is the right backing for you? This is dependant on how and where you will use the patches.
See Aspinline's best advice and top tips below.
Sewing on a patch is by far the best way to apply a patch, and if done correctly is considered a permanent and reliable solution.
A patch that is sewn on correctly will withstand washes, contact sport, extreme situations and everything in between.
Did you know patches are sewn onto astronauts spacesuits?!
Patches are sewn on by hand or by using a sewing machine. Watch our handy 'How to Sew On Patches' video below!
Key Points: Will last a lifetime if sewn on correctly.
|Great For: Everything!|
An Iron-On backing allows a patch to be applied with speed and ease. Heat is used to activate the Iron-On backing which then bonds to the material it is placed on.
An Iron-On backing is NOT considered a permanent solution.
Exposure to repeated high temperatures (tumble dryer and washing machine) and physical contact (sports) will cause the bond of an Iron-On patch to weaken.
Our suggested uses:
- As a placement tool: Once applied by heat, let the backing adhesive cool completely and then sew the patch on.
- A convenient short term solution: If you need to apply patches for an event with limited time, use an Iron-On backing, but remember it's a short term solution.
Something to consider and test:
Woven Patches are thinner than Embroidered Patches, and therefore when Woven Patches have an Iron-On backing, if applied correctly and to the right garment/material, are very strong.
Please request samples from Aspinline here to make sure Woven Iron-On patches are right for your purpose before making a full order.
See the video below for an example of this strong bond:
(Click here to see how we applied the Woven Patch.)
See the video below for an example of an Embroidered Patch bond.
(Click here to see how we applied the Embroidered Patch.)
See our 'How to Iron-On Patches' video below!
Our best suggestion if you are considering an Iron-On backing: Request samples from Aspinline here to make sure Iron-On patches are right for your purpose before making a full order. Sew patches on wherever possible.
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Stick-On patches are ideal for temporary use. They are just like a sticker. Peel away the backing and simply stick your patch on.
Stick-On patches are a great way to customise things like greetings cards, laptops, notebooks and much more.
Patches with a Stick-On backing are NOT considered a permanent solution.
Try to make sure the application of Stick-On patches is right first time, the bond will not be as successful the second time around.
Hook & Loop
Hook & Loop backing is the ideal choice for patches that need to be changed frequently or easily transferable.
We offer both parts of the Hook & Loop backing with our patches. As standard, the male hook part of the patch is sewn to the back of the patch, the female loop part of the patch is supplied as a separate section that is cut to shape. We can also swap this around if you prefer.
In many cases, you may not require the female loop part of the patch as its already present on your bag or jacket.