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Woven BJJ Patches

  • September 15 , 2017
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Woven BJJ Jitsu patches are becoming more popular lately with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools. While embroidered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu patches are still the most common gi patches, there seems to be a trend where many of the newer BJJ schools are starting their first patch as either a woven or sublimated patch instead of embroidered. There are a few differences between embroidered and woven patches, but mostly it will come down to personal preference. Embroidered patches can be done larger and also offer a three dimensional look that cannot be replicated with a woven or sublimated patch. On the other hand like sublimation patches, woven BJJ patches can be much more detailed than embroidered patches. Woven BJJ patches will not be as thick as embroidered BJJ patches. Some schools prefer the thinner feel of a woven patch on their gi. Because of the thinner and more flexible material used on woven patches, there will be less interference  with gi gripping and hand fighting. You can choose to create your BJJ school patch as a woven, sublimated, or embroidered patch. You really can’t go wrong with any of these choices. Sometimes it is best to handle the different types of patches before making your final decision on the type of patch you will be ordering. If you would like to view some samples of both styles just see our sample galleries links below and feel free to contact us at any time for a free no obligation BJJ patch quote. Woven PatchREAD MORE...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Patches

  • May 08 , 2017
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu patches are growing in popularity. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu happens to be one of the finest martial arts known for self defense. This sports lies in a similar category as Judo and wrestling amongst other martial arts. It has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years and requires you to continuously upgrade your fighting skills through a lot of hard work and training to achieve perfection. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also referred to as BJJ. The roots are traced back to Japan, and according to experts it basically evolved from Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Judo. BJJ was refined in Brazil and results in the development of what we refer to as the Brazilian-Jiu Jitsu today. The main techniques used in this martial art include grappling and mostly ground fighting, although takedowns and self defense are also taught. This sport gained immense popularity quite recently through television and the UFC. Back in Brazil it was practiced in the academy and on the streets before getting worldwide recognition. The heritage of Brazilian Jiu jitsu has been passed on from one generation to the other and receives a lot of respect from those who follow it. In fact, for these families practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu happens to be a matter of honor and pride. Followers of this martial art form are interested in maintaining a strong tradition of practicing something that has been valued through generations. Just like most other martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu also has a very rich historyREAD MORE...

Embroidered patches or woven patches?

  • April 27 , 2017
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Most of the time the best and most popular choice for your patch project is an embroidered patch. Generally embroidery patches are cheaper, and more often than not will translate your artwork into a beautiful finished patch. However there are some instances when an embroidered patch may not be the best choice. Here are a couple situations that would call for a woven patch over an embroidered patch. You paid a graphic artist to do your logo and already advertised the finished product. Your embroidery company tells you that it is too intricate and detailed to embroider without changing some of the design details and or layout. Your answer can be to use a woven patch and keep the integrity of the original logo. Woven patches can be done with greater detail and at a smaller size than if done with embroidery. This is especially noticeable on small lettering and with fine details. Another consideration can be the cost of the patch job. If you need to keep all the design detail and also stay within a certain budget then in certain situations woven patches can be a better choice. Woven patches can keep all the details of your complex logo at a smaller size. So instead of doing a 7” embroidered patch, you may be able to get away with making it a 4” woven patch and still keep all of the designs integrity. At larger sizes with very high stitch counts a woven patch can be a betterREAD MORE...

Custom patch backings

  • February 27 , 2017
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Custom patch backings can vary by application. Embroidered patches can be manufactured with several types of custom patch backings. The backing that’s right for your patch will depend on how your custom embroidered patch is expected to be used. If you want to sew your patch onto a thin material or a fabric with not much of a base then no backing is the preferred choice. Your patch will remain thinner and very pliable. The patch will not appear to be too bulky and stiff on the thin fabric. Beyond the basic twill backing there is plastic which will add stability and durability to the standard custom embroidered patch. The entire back of the patch is sealed in PVC plastic, which can then be sewn onto a garment. This is better for a sturdier garment and is also great for patches that will be handed out and not sewn onto any fabric. Iron-on backing enables the easy installation of your custom embroidered patches. You can use a standard home iron on the highest temperature setting, but the preferred method is a commercial heat press machine. For instructions see our How to apply iron on patches article. Ironing the patches on is also great for holding your custom embroidered patch in place when sewing the perimeter of the patch to the garment. This is the best and most preferred method to apply your custom made patch. This ensures a straight level placement as well as the most durable application when laundering. Iron-onREAD MORE...

About Varsity Jackets

  • January 12 , 2017
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A Varsity Jacket is traditionally worn by high school and college student athletes to represent school and team pride as well as to display personal awards earned in athletics. The body is made of wool and the sleeves of leather or Naugahyde with banded wrists and waistband. Varsity Jackets are usually produced in the school colors with the body of the jacket in the school's primary color and sleeves in the secondary color. The Varsity Jacket derives its name from the varsity letter chenille patch on its left breast, which is almost always the first letter or initials of the high school or college the jacket came from. The name of the athlete is usually embroidered directly on the jacket itself. The athlete’s graduation year will be done in matching chenille colors. The placement of the name and year of graduation depends on school tradition. The year is most often sewn on the right sleeve or just above the right pocket. The school logo and symbols representing the student's activities may also be sewn on the jacket. Varsity Jackets are almost never purchased before a student has earned a letter. In schools where only varsity letters are awarded this is usually in a student’s junior or senior year. In schools where junior varsity letters are awarded, the jacket may also be purchased by junior varsity letter recipients. The junior varsity letter is placed just above the left pocket, leaving space for a future varsity letter. Many graduates will keep their lettersREAD MORE...

Sewing on BJJ patches

  • November 23 , 2016
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Sewing BJJ patches on to your go can be done a few different ways. Many practitioners of BJJ will sew their club patches on to their gi by hand or with a sewing machine. Our recommendation for sewing on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu patches would be to take your Gi to local dry cleaners and have them sew the patch on. Most dry cleaners will charge only about $15.00 to sew your patch on. Many times the thickness of the Gi will present problems if you try to do this job yourself. It is also a good idea to order your BJJ patches with a heat seal backing.This way you can iron the patch on exactly where you want it before bringing it to the dry cleaners. If you are just putting your patches on for looks and don’t compete then the patch location is not that important. If you do compete in an IBJJF event then here are the IBJJF guidelines for BJJ patch locations. According to article 13 of IBJJF rules,[3] patches may be placed on the gi in one of thirteen different locations: On the jacket: Left upper arm Left upper shoulder Front right upper shoulder Front right upper arm Front below the belt Back below the belt Back below the collar and above the belt On the pants: Above the front left knee Above the front right knee Below the front left knee (with at least 15 cm of space to the floor without patch to allowREAD MORE...

About Motorcycle Patches

  • September 27 , 2016
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Motorcycle patches are worn by bikers and are used to signify their club membership. There are many different types of biker patches, and some of them can have multiple meanings. Biker Club and Association Patches Biker Association patches are one piece, while biker club patches are usually two piece patches. In both cases the patch is placed at the back center of the leather jacket or vest. The patch usually consists of the club name and logo. Sometimes motorcycle clubs come out with annual patches. These are small motorcycle patches that state how long you have been a club member. They are usually a rectangle shape with the year embroidered on the patch. Annual patches are usually sewn on near the main club patch. Title and Road Name Patches Title patches denote the biker’s position in the club. These club positions can be President, Vice President, secretary, sergeant-at-arms, etc. The positions will usually indicate their place in the club or the club chapter. The name or road patches can have the biker’s real name or moniker. This moniker can be a name that was given to them by other club members. For identification purposes these name patches are worn on the vest left side above the heart. The club position is placed below the name. Memory Patches Memory patches are in honor of deceased members. These patches can be placed anywhere on the vest. Some bikers will sew the patch by the bottom of the vest. This lets them addREAD MORE...

How to apply iron on patches

  • August 27 , 2016
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Iron on patches - Using an iron For iron on patches set the iron to the cotton or high heat temperature setting. Lay the garment down flat and place a pillow case over the area of the garment where the patch is to be attached. Place your heated iron on the pillow case and press down firmly for 10 seconds in order to heat up the area of the garment where the iron on patch is to be attached. Place your iron on patch on the pre-heated garment area. Then put your pillow case on top of the patch and then press down firmly with your iron for another 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat this procedure on the back side of the garment. Place the garment aside and allow it to fully cool before handling it. Using a commercial heat press machine Heat garment patch area to 325 - 400 degrees depending on garment type. Place your iron on patch on heated area of garment. Close your heat press at a temperature of 325 - 400 degrees with normal patch to garment pressure for 15 to 20 seconds depending on the garment fabric type. Repeat this procedure on the back side of the garment. Allow the embroidered patch to cool normally on your garment and your patch will be permanently applied. We recommend using a hot knife cut border with your iron on patches. The adhesive will extend to the edge of the patch border. If you chose the standardREAD MORE...

Military Patches

  • August 25 , 2016
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Traditionally military patches have been worn by individuals who were a part of a military force or regiment and were sewn on to the shoulder of their uniforms. This was done to highlight  their rank and occupation. Collecting military patches can be a great hobby considering the variety of embroidered designs which have been used throughout the years. You can easily get some of these individual patches from various online and brick and mortar stores that sell army replica accessories. You can also try local clothing stores or those doing business online. The first military patches were worn by members of the armed forces on their clothes during the 19th century. They basically created embroidered patches which were sewn on to the uniforms by hand. They were much less complex than they are today and were quite pale considering the fact that the uniform of the army was a light khaki color. The American army switched from this light khaki shade to a green uniform in 1957 and the color of the patches also changed accordingly to dark green. Variants of these military patches were also officially worn by troops serving in various parts of the world including Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Most of the military patches worn after the changes were made using silk and consisted of a small panel. These days there are several types of military patches being worn by all branches and members of the military. The military patches worn by generals in the American armyREAD MORE...

Differentiating Between Boy Scouts Patches

  • August 19 , 2016
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Boy scouts from around the world receive a huge variety of patches from their respective organizations as they progress towards the Eagle Scout. It can be a rather difficult job trying to identify the various scout patches. The merit patches which are earned during specific educational programs will change with the passage of time. New patches are also awarded at the end of jamborees and summer camps, or to commemorate certain events. Sometimes it can be quite difficult trying to assess the background of boy scouts patches even if you go through their inscription. With a few small steps one can make this entire task much easier and you will be able to identify the purpose and background of each patch without any trouble. The first thing you would need to do is figure out whether the patch you are not aware of is a merit badge or a patch. Merit badges are awarded to Boy Scouts when they complete their programs successfully and are the size of a silver dollar coin. These are basically patches in a circular shape. Other patches come in a large variety of sizes and shapes but you will never find one which is similar to that of a merit badge. Boy scouts patches of these types are usually awarded after the completion of a summer camp, or a short course with the name of the program together with the date of completion mentioned on the emblem. To make it easier for you to identifyREAD MORE...

BJJ Gi Patches

  • August 03 , 2016
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If you want to customize your gi and turn it into a unique item then BJJ gi patches are the way to go. BJJ gi patches come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. Some common stock gi patches are country flags which are usually USA, Japan, or Brazil. Corporate logos, training gyms, martial arts supply companies, competitor sponsorships, and custom BJJ school patches are also very popular. There are also non BJJ related patches that are worn on gis. These can be old military patches, have funny sayings, or even be cartoon characters. Some patches are just part of the stock kimonos and are sewn on during manufacturing of the gi, others are gifts, and some BJJ gi patches are earned. These gi patches can be embroidered, woven, sublimated, or screen printed gi patches. Many times you will see a single academy gi patch on most other styles of martial arts gis. BJJ gis have your academy, shoulder patches, pant patches, back patches so on. Most gis come stock with a fair number of patches. Some BJJ schools will allow you to put any or as many different gi patches on your uniform. Other schools are more strict about this so it is always a good idea to run it by your instructor before sewing any questionable patches on to your gi. Most BJJ schools and instructors will frown upon wearing a previous school patch on your current gi in their class. The standard model forREAD MORE...

About Custom Embroidered Patches

  • November 12 , 2015
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Custom Embroidered Patches are everywhere from police and military to local clubs and organizations. The process of making embroidery patches starts with creating artwork in a way that will enhance the look of your finished patch. After the patch artwork is completed then one of our digitizers takes finished art and makes a computer program which can be read by our multi head computerized embroidery machines. This digitized file is a series of X and Y embroidery machine frame movements that actually sew the design on a piece of twill base material. A very important factor is the quality of the digitizing. Without an experienced digitizer your finished patch will have a less than desirable look. After the patches are stitched they are then cut out and finished with a merrowed border around the edges. In some cases we will use a hot knife, or laser cut the stitched borders. This is done if the shape is irregular or if that is the desired finished look for your patch. Different types of backing can be used on the backside of the embroidery patch depending on the application. We can use a Heat Seal backing (Heat Press or Iron On), Adhesive (Double Sided Tape), Velcro (Hook or Hook & Loop Sides), Plastic backing (For Stability) or no backing at all for a softer and more pliable embroidered patch. We can also use special embroidery threads like gold or silver metallic, glow in the dark, fluorescent or colorfast bleach resistant threads forREAD MORE...

The Pros & Cons of Embroidered Patch Backings

  • May 10 , 2015
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If you are considering purchasing a customized embroidered patch, the next step is deciding what type of backing is right for your garment. Your choice is important, as it will determine the longevity of your design and will ultimately affect the quality of the item you attach it to. These are the three most common types of patch backings. • Heat Seal – Iron-on • Velcro Backing – Hook and loop • Adhesive Backing – Stick on Each of these backings comes with a set of pros and cons, which we have broken down for you below. Iron-on Backing—Pros & Cons An Iron-on backing for your patch will provide temporary security for your design. Most iron on backings are used for holding a patch in place during the sewing process, but they can also be used for ceremonial or causal garments that aren’t worn for exercise or training. A good rule of thumb is that if you plan to do any strenuous exercise in the garment you’re attaching the patch to, don’t use an Iron on backing as the only method to secure your patch. Pros & Cons • Great for Ceremonial Clothing • Best Avoided for Heavily Worn and Laundered Garments Velcro Backing—Pros & Cons Most Velcro backing material comes in either a Hook-Sided (male) or a Two-sided (male & female) style. Hook-sided Velcro is well suited for clothing that is frequently adjusted or altered with new patches, such as military garments or police uniforms. Two-sided Velcro patches areREAD MORE...

Soccer Patches that Standout

  • October 09 , 2014
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Show Team Support with Soccer Patches that Standout If you love Soccer, or have a child who plays in a soccer league, then you might be curious as to the possibilities of the best way to display your support. One of the most popular ways for die-hard fans to showcase their support is through customized soccer patches. But how can you make your patch stand out from other fans and teams, and what are your options? Start with the Color Color is critical to the way your patch looks. If you choose the wrong color, it won’t matter how awesome your logo is. So start by choosing a color the matches your team or one that represents an aspect about the team that you are particularly proud of. Greens, yellows, and reds are easily identifiable, so if you want to draw attention pick one of these bright colors. Black, white, and blues represent more serious teams, and are great for professional soccer patches. Of course, if you simply want to match your team’s current logo design and its colors then make sure you get the right shade. You will be amazed how big a difference a shade higher or lower will make in the final patch design. Incorporate a Logo Choosing the perfect logo design is especially important if you are creating a new team design package, but if you already have a logo in mind be sure and include it on the soccer patch. This is by far theREAD MORE...

Biker Patches

  • October 02 , 2014
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The Biker Patch. A symbol of unity, community, and an identifier of what a group believes and lives by. While in times past bikers were given a bad reputation by a few ‘bad apples’, today many biker clubs work to improve their community and establish a safe haven for the less fortunate. To make your club stand out, you need a patch that speaks to what it is you stand for. A one-size fits all style patch will not do your cause justice, it should be customized according to your likes and dislikes. The easiest way to do this is to partner with a company who understands the importance of getting it right. But what are some important things you should keep in mind when selecting your biker patches? How to Choose the Right Biker Patches There are several ways to make sure you end up with an incredible biker patch for your club. A few ways to do so are listed below. • Incorporate your motto or slogan into the patch. Most designs are based off of a logo coupled with a slogan that surrounds the graphic. With new methods now available for patch artwork, design potential is limitless. • Represent your club with the right font. Do you prefer a stern tone or a friendly one? Your answer will determine the type of font appropriate for your patch. • Come up with a basic design and put it on paper. The best way to make sure your patchREAD MORE...