What is an iron-on embroidered patch?

Embroidered, Woven and printed patches come with different backing options such as Safety Pin, Velcro, Thin plastic, paper backing and the most popular one is the Iron on backing. Iron on is an extra feature of a patch. It gives you an option to embellish the patch onto the garments like shirts, pants, bags etc. but won’t work on some materials like leather, Sport elastic, waterproof and nylon.

This shows some of the patches we made with iron on backing

Iron on also makes the patch sturdier because it adds density to the thickness of the patch. Patches with iron on backing can still be sewn. It is a thin plastic so needles can still go through the patches without any issue. You can sew the patch easily by hand or sewing machine without any problem. Iron also protect the back of the patch from fraying threads.

When it comes to durability, it depends on the type of the iron on that the embroidery manufacturer uses. Philpatch is a leading manufacturer of patches in the Philippines and it uses high quality thermoplastic adhesive plastic which performs and excellent adhesion for cotton, textiles and fabrics. Iron on is not a permanent fix and tears after a couple of washes but our iron on can be repeatedly heated for bonding.

back of iron on patch iron on film

As mentioned, iron-on backing is not a permanent fix, it only attaches the embroidered patch to fabric material using a special plastic film activated by a specified heat, we suggest that you still sew around the edge to add additional support to the patch. At least a running stitch around the edge.

Philpatch makes any custom embroidered, woven and printed patches and we include the iron on option at no extra cost. These iron on patches are perfect if you don’t have access to sewing machine, if you don’t know how to hand stitch or if you have a tight deadline and need to embellish the patches to shirts as fast possible.

6 Simple Steps on how to iron on your patch

1. Place your shirt to a flat , hard surface and heat resistant. We will be needing pressure and heat to make the iron on patch work.

2. Make sure that the patch and shirt are clean so it would adhere properly.

3. Place the patch to your desired position. Cover it with a washcloth or paper to protect your patch and shirt

4. Set the iron to hottest setting that your shirt material can withstand. Again, iron on film is activated by heat and pressure. Press your iron to the patch for 20-30 seconds with enough pressure. This process only sticks the patch temporarily to the shirt since heat can’t penetrate to the film plastic because the embroidered patch is thick depending on the density of the stitches.

5. Carefully turn the shirt inside out. Press the iron again for 20-30 seconds with enough pressure and this process is where the film is properly activated.

6. Check if the all the edges properly adhered to the patch. If not, repeat the steps again. You might need to increase the heat and duration of ironing it on since the thickness of the patch and fabric of your shirt varies.

Note: Philpatch provides a high quality iron on film but it still not a permanent fix. It will still wear after a couple of washes. If encounter this, press iron the patch again with enough pressure to reactivate the glue. We also suggest to sew it on, at least a running stitch around the edge to add extra protection.

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