The Difference between Woven and Embroidered Patches

The branding patch is manufactured in two forms: Woven and Embroidered.

woven patches in general may be circular, square, or laser cut into any specific
shape requested. Patches are permanent fixtures to garments---they are usually attached
to the outside of the fabric and not intended to be cut off or removed easily like regular
sewing labels can. Oftentimes, they are conspicuous and contain emblems, logos, and
written information.

woven patches have higher definition (resolution) of the lettering and logo edges
than embroidered. They are usually 30-50% cheaper to produce and have a quicker
turnaround time. They are flatter and easier to sew or iron on a piece of fabric than
embroidered patches.

A "laser cut" or "die cut" woven patch is cut into a shape other than a square, such as an
oval or stars shapes. Because oven  patches are larger than regular woven labels, more
logo or lettering detail (resolution) can be produced. A larger woven area means greater
graphic detail capabilities.   

Custom embroidered patches have a three-dimensional “lift” to the fabric due to the
density of the stitched thick threads. Embroidered stitching allows for a classy look, but is
not the best choice for capturing high resolution detail, containing costs, or with working
with very tight production schedules. In essence, they are more expensive and take
longer to manufacture.

You can assess your graphic requirements and budget and determine which is the best
choice for your project. If cost is a primary concern, then consider the laser cut woven

If containing costs is less of a concern and you want a three-dimensional texture (or life)
to your patch, then embroidery is the way to go.
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