Frequently Asked questions:
What is the difference between embroidered, screened, and woven patches?
I only do EMBROIDERED patches. If you look at a baseball cap, such as the San Francisco Giants - or pretty much any sports hat, you are looking at EMBROIDERY. The letters are made up of a "satin stitch," which uses special thread going left to right forming the letters you see. Under the cap, the threads form a knot you can't see. So the thread on "top" is what you see when you look at the finished product.
If you imagine the size of each of the pixels on your computer as being the "screen resolution," the size of a single stitch is the "resolution" of embroidery. Stitches can get very small, however there is obviously a physical limit to how small they can go. Therefore, there are limitations with detail when things get really small. But, there are tricks around this and embroidery does have the advantage of a more "3D" look than other mediums. That's not to say it's "better," it just depends which medium you like. That being said, some mediums are more well suited to certain images. With embroidery, simple, bold, color separated images are best. The more colors and detail contained within the image, the larger it must usually be in order to translate well to embroidery.
Feel free to send me images and how large you want them and I can quickly tell you how well it will work [email@example.com].
Screened patches use ink. Most tshirts are all screen printed. I don't do screen printing, nor do I have the equipment to do it.
Woven patches are a type of thread based medium which can be very detailed, but tend to look "flat" like screen printing does. I don't do anything woven, nor do I have the equipment to do so.
How much will my patches cost?
Depends on how many you want, the size you want, stitch count, and how soon you need them. The average patches I do range from 2 1/2" to 4" and are usually betwen $2.25 to $3.25 each. Quality embroidered patches of this size can sell for between $5 up to $7, so I know the mark-up is good on these assuming you have people ready to buy your merchandise. Larger patches can cost more but can also sell for much more. The mark-up is good on embroidery, and most people are willing to pay more for the quality.
Use the order template on this site or email this information directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for a quick quote.
Is there a minimum order?
I specialize in smaller quantities, ranging from 25-200 usually. While I am able to do larger quantities, please allow up to a week per 100 patches ordered.
How long will the patches take?
In general, it takes about a week for me to complete 100 patches due to the fact that I have a day job and a small operation. However, simpler designs can get completed much faster so it does depend on the stitch count and how large the patch will be. One thing that really increases the stitch count, time, and cost is large areas of filled in color. For example, if half the background is white and half is black, with a logo in front of it - I can use the color of the fabric for HALF of the patch and I will need to fill in the other half with colored thread. That increases the stitch count quite a bit.
What makes your patches better than the rest?
I am well aware that places like China are getting people patches for dirt cheap, but the questions is how good is the quality? These companies are made to do large quantities in the quickest time. Many of these companies use AUTO DIGITIZING. What does that mean? An image must be converted to the proper format in order to be stitched out by a machine. That process is called "digitizing." Most digitizing programs have an auto digitizing function. Some auto digitizers are better than others, but generally speaking they are going to come out looking more "computery" and artificial. With really simple images, this can work just fine. But in most cases, an auto digitizer does not look that great. I don't use auto digitizers at all, so my embroidery tends to look more "hand made." It can take hours to manually digitize an image, which is why larger companies use auto digitizers. This means they can charge less and people think they are getting a better deal. Maybe they are, but it's probably at the cost of image quality. They wouldn't know the difference though unless they saw it side by side with a manually digitized image.
Some people prefer to "buy American." My patches are all made in America.
Not all embroidery companies are willing to do smaller quantities such as 25. I've had bands on tour who ran out of patches and needed a quick small order for just a few remaining dates. While I may charge a rush fee, this is money the band would not have made if they did not have a quick, local, small quantity option within the USA.
I know there is plenty of options for people out there and all I can say is that I give the best quality for the best price I can at the moment without ripping myself off. If people choose to go elsewhere for whatever reason, I can totally respect that.
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