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Iron On Patches – The Most Popular Type of Embroidered Patches


Many companies are identified by their company logos or patches.  If you live in major American countries that gets snow every year, then you would have seen branded jackets with a prominent logo at many times. For instance Canada Goose jackets have a reputation for being the warmest jackets; based on the red, white and blue patches, anyone can make out that the person is wearing this brand. 

Gone were those days when people used to buy jackets with a logo instilled on them or buy on a road or online store and take time to sew it. However, with the existence of iron on patches on jackets, your work will get done more faster and more precisely.

Why Iron on Patches are getting popular; some noteworthy information about them

Iron on alphabets and numerals are great way to show your personality. In the recent ages, there are number of iron on supplies from number of brands and products. Iron on patches are embroidered patches also known as a cloth badge, is a piece of embroidery which is created.  Embroidered patches are one of the most popular patches preferred by most people. They are generally a cloth badge in which it is created using a fabric backing and thread.  These badges are fixed with a pin, sew on or fitted with modern method such as iron on provided with a heat adhesive and Velcro backing.

To make the patch stick on to the surface either a heat adhesive or dryer adhesive is applied to the patch or it is ironed on the surface to make it stick to the surface you want to.

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Types of Patches and Ways to Apply these Embroidered Patches

For hundreds of years people have embroidered their dress and apparels with different bits of laces and trims. Kids when play have the tendency of making holes in their dress quite often. Holes appear out of nowhere especially if the garments are thin and silky, holes are inevitable. They can happen anywhere mostly on the sleeves of the blouse/shirt and most likely the knee portion of the trousers/shorts. To cover up these holes, people had the habit of making patches on the torn area of the garment. In actual reality, mending the hole was much better option than disregarding the outfit.

There are many different types of patches and techniques to apply these patches. Let us see some of the popular types of patching and ways to apply

Sew on Patches– This is one of the common applied technique typically used to sew patches and is in existence for ages. It is regarded as the most durable approach and it remains permanent.

How to do it: To hand sew a patch you will need a needle and thread. In the first place, keep the patch on the jacket where you want it to make the design and attach with pins to the patch to cling on the patch stable. The patch is placed under the hole usually in the wrong side of the fabric, then it is sewn from underside. When you are making patches on frock or dress, you will not have the difficulty doing it, however whenever you are doing it on a jacket which is a thicker surface, you may need to pull the needle all the way through the back of the jacket and pull it back through the front in a fluid motion to get a perfect finish.

Iron on Patches– Iron on motifs and appliques are is the most popular type of embroidered patch preferred by people worldwide due to its convenience and ease of use. Although they are semi-permanent applications yet they are very easy to apply. You just need to have a basic care with these garments during laundering.  Iron on patches for jackets are also referred as heat-seal backing, in which you can attach by applying heat on. These patches have a stick back also called as heat adhesive that melts and creates a bond to the fabrics when heat is applied to the patches after placing on the garment. They are not durable and permanent unlike sew on patches. On repeated laundering, over the time the patches tend to lift away from the fibers of the material. Hence they are stated as semi-permanent applications. However, often people wonder whether these ripped patches again be glued to the garment. Although it may not be successful at all times, yet there are number of varieties to try with so it will work fine if you use the right adhesive.

Apparently, medical studies suggests that for infant clothes and garments, iron on patches are not the safest method to use because toddlers have the practice of chewing the clothes. The chemicals present in the heat adhesives can cause choking hazards, so sew on method is most recommended for children’s clothes. However, when you want to do iron on patches for jackets, their ease of use is surpassed.

How to attach them to your garment?

  • Before beginning with the process, check and make sure whether the patch you have is an iron on patch because there are number of custom patches which resembles much like these patches but comes in the absence of adhesives. So when you apply heat on these patches, it wont stick. Hence this consideration is crucial.
  • Iron on patches have a shiny backing that is not adhesive or neither will it stick until heat is applied. They have the adhesive all the way to the edges so when the heat is pressed, it get stuck to the garment evenly.
  • Denim and cotton are great fabrics for patches when compared to delicate clothes like silk or linen. When you applying heat to the delicate fabrics ensure then you don’t apply too much of heat since there are chances that it may impact the garment either by burning or causing discoloration.

Closing Thoughts

Be very careful when applying the iron because you don’t want to risk damaging your awesome leather jacket. Give the patch time to cool before moving your garment and make sure it’s properly adhered.

Motorcycle Club Patches Meanings

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The patches worn by members of motorcycle clubs and gangs are loaded with significance and importance. Although many outlaw clubs are considered as criminal gangs and felonious by legal authorities and counsels, yet motorcycle clubs doesn’t fall under this category and they are quite diverse from them. The motorcycle club generally comprises of families, veterans, police officers, fire fighters and many more.

When kids seek the permission of their parents to join the motorcycle gang, most parents often think that it is not a great idea and most probably disapprove them regarding them as gangsters. Although many bike gangs are involved in law breaking activities, yet you cannot classify everyone the same way. These people are someone like other professions. These members wear motorcycle club patches which typically represent the type of club they belong to.

All you need to know about motorcycle gangs

When you think about the motorcycle gangs, you often get images of people wearing leather jackets, vests, long hair and beards. Leather has been preferred for a long time because of its scratch resistance and its ability to slide on asphalt. This is one of the reasons, why riders wear it but it has provides a cool look as well.  But what are motorcycle clubs?

Motorcycle clubs includes small groups of community that have a symbol or logo in their jackets.The patches basically talks about the top rockers or stating the name of the club or claiming the territory. Becoming a motorcycle club member is not as easy as sewing a patch on your back. There are various rules for wearing biker patches. Be aware about the rules and regulations that indicates about the disciplines and policies of the club. Reading the instructions properly obviously shows your respect about the club.

Batches are of generally one, two and three respectively. One piece patch signifies riding club, family club or social motor club. They are common patches used even by ordinary people and doesn’t require any membership. However, this is not the case with two piece or three piece patches. They have different meanings. As a matter of fact, when you want to be safe enough, try not to infringe the patches.

When it comes to three piece motorcycle club patches, the top rocker usually bears the club name, the bottom rocker shows the full name of the territory the club belongs to and the center piece is the major one bearing the club name you belong to.

Rules for wearing motorcycle club patches

Are there any policies and regulations for wearing motorcycle cub patches? Will you get punished or offended for wearing a Solo wolf patch on my leather coat? These are some of the few questions often been asked in the past while selling patches on the road or online. It all depends on what kind of logo are you wearing?  If you are trying to pretend as part of a club and wear the logo without being the club member, obviously you are going to get kicked at your back. Similarly when you have plans to start a new club, be careful with the other existing clubs because you are using the same kind of symbol, it means that you are disrespecting the club signs with your patches. Although you don’t need permission to wear club patches, certain disciplines shows that you have respect for the club.

Let us see some of the common rules of wearing motorcycle club patches

If it is a patch that you are designing and making, then probably you can fix your own rules. However, if the patch is a part of a club, they have the authority to decide the rules.

  • When you are representing a club, obviously you will be taught about the meaning and display of the biker patches you are going to wear in your jacket. When you are a member of MC association you can wear center patches in addition to top and bottom rockers. However, when you are not a member of the MC club, avoid wearing center patches in your rockers. Most importantly, never wear a MC cube because it is not recommended for the non-members of the motorcycle club to wear MC cube. Apparently when you wear against their policy, it indicates that you are disrespecting the symbol and declaring a war against them.
  • Basically the bottom rocker indicates the name of the territory according to Motorcycle club. So when a non-member of the MC wears, it represents that you are claiming the control of the territory. Therefore when you are not a member of the club, don’t wear the bottom rockers showing the full name of the state
  • One of the most important rule you need to know is not to touch any part of any vest with a 3 piece which is the top and bottom rockers with a center patch. However, accidently when you happened to touch them, immediately convey your apologies. This is because, when the person is part of the MC and since he is allowed to wear the 3 piece, when some intruder tries to remove from them, they turn into a real hell and burst out badly. So, it is important to avoid such commotions and chaos situations.
  • If the club patches, for instance Hells Angels are stolen they will indeed fight for it, or the person who had stolen the logo will be thrown out of the club. When you have the patch, it indicates that you belong to the club. It is often considered that you don’t deserve to be there, when you do not fight for your rights.

To Sum it up

Motorcycle gangs are typically famous for roadside chaos and unruliness. If ever, you are caught in such situation either by mistake or intentionally, instead of panicking follow certain rules such as, be on the bartender’s good side, learn to read the patches, recognize who is in charge and few others to emerge alive.

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Importance of Motorcycle Patches for Biker Jackets

Hello everyone, myself Sophia Gilbert and I’m the author and owner of Biker Patches blog.

image of biker with jacket on motorcycle

Being a motorcycle rider for more than 15 years now, I know the importance of embroidered iron on patches on motorcycle jackets. It defines the biker’s beliefs and stuff that they stand for.

These patches are extensively used by various Motorcycle Clubs (MC) to differentiate themselves from other groups. Each club will have members with different ranks. Most of the times you will notice the “rank” patch along with the club name patch on the jackets and denims.

Then there are patriotic and veteran patches as well. These patches are for the brave men and women who put their life on the line to safeguard the country. There are patches for Army, Navy, Marines, Police and Fire Fighters as well.

The patches are indeed very important for the biker jackets and they 100% believe in the message they have on their iron on patches.

In my future posts, I’ll discuss more about different types of patches and their origin. Hope you like the stuff I share and I look forward to your feedback.