CARE INSTRUCTION FOR OUR PATCHES
Even though our patches are made with the highest quality components, they are not indestructible !
Therefore we have added some care guidelines for the various types and backing that we offer.
WE MUST STRESS THAT ALL OUR PATCHES SHOULD NOT BE WASHED ABOVE 40 DEGREES
Embroidery :- We use colourfast threads in our embroidery, this means that they are run and fade resistent, as Embroidery patches are obviously made from individual strands of thread, some care can still be taken to keep the patch looking good.
Anything that is abrasive or sharp can damage the threads, this can be leaning against walls, walking through bushes etc. once the threads are damage they can unravel. Washing over 40 degrees can leed to the fabric going out of shape.
Thermal Image:- Due to the nature of the process there are a few more things to consider when caring for a thermal image vinyl patch. Again avoid anything abrasive as above, also take care when handling the patch, in certain circumstances dirty hands will mark the patch, especially on white areas, therefore please ensure your hands are clean and dry before attempting to sew onto any garments. Washing over 40 degrees will simply destroy the image on the patch, this has been extensively tested and the patch is fine between 30-40 degrees with a mild washing detergent, Do not use Bleaches, Do not Tumble Dry and do not Dry Clean. Do not iron directly onto the design, you can use a cloth or towel over the patch and when washing turn the garment the patch is attached to inside out.
Velcro Backing:- We use industrial strength hook, and it is always sewn on not glued. However again washing over 40 degrees can melt the velcro !
Iron-on Backing for Embroidery :-
We again use industrial strength Iron-on backing, therefore ensure you position the patch correctly as it will not allow you a second attempt ! Before applying your patch wash and dry your garment first.
Set the iron to a hot cotton setting, ensuring steam setting is OFF
Place the patch in the desired location and cover with a thin piece of clothor towel
Iron and apply firm pressure evenly on the patch for approx 30-40 seconds
Iron the opposite side for approx 20-30 seconds to reinforce.
To make the patch absolutely permanent you can now stitch in place if desired
When washing turn your garment inside out and use a gentle wash cycle.
Iron-on backing for Thermal Image :-
Iron the area where you want the patch to be placed, this will make the fabric warm, position the patch accordingly, we normally use greaseproof paper ourselves but a thin t-towel will work, place over the top and on a silk setting (lowest i think) press for 5-8 seconds.
This will make the patch tacky and stay in place temporarily.
Turn the garment inside out, then using the t-towel over the area place the iron over the patch and press hard for 10 seconds, this should permanently activate the glue.
We always recommend sewing in place afterwards as well
FAQs :- What can I iron my patches onto?
The patches have a variety of applications and can be put on shirts, jackets, bags, pants jeans and hats. The patches will iron onto most fabrics that can withstand the heat of a hot dry iron.
Fabrics that may not be suitable include leather, rainwear (water-proof), highly elastic fabrics, or nylon fabrics.
For materials such as these the patches can be stitched or glued.