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Importance of the Maltese Cross in Fire Departments

Fire departments all across the United States use the Maltese cross as an identifier and a symbol of their dedication to the cause and service. It is synonymous with fire departments and is displayed on most fire department patches, apparel and equipment. This cross has an illustrious history, having been modeled on the cross used by the Knights Hospitaller during the crusades.  What Is a Maltese Cross?  The Maltese cross is an eight-pointed cross formed […]

Can Civilians Wear Morale Patches

Wearing morale patches can be a nice way to embellish your outfit. After all, they send a meaningful message and are hard to miss. Traditionally, they are usually adorned by veterans or personnel active in the military and are usually associated to specific military units, squads and events. Moreover, military morale patches have a history, they are used to foster ‘esprit de corps’ – a shared sense of pride and loyalty among a military squad […]

Choose a Reliable Online Custom Patch Maker

Ordering custom patches from an online provider like UltraPatches is fast, easy and cost-effective. Unlike most local patch shops, online patch making companies can handle orders of any quantity at prices that small shops can’t match. Why order custom patches online? Local embroidery shops used to be the only way to get patches made but local embroidery shops typically are quite small with a lot of overhead expenses to cover. While large online custom patch […]

Sew On Patches or Iron On Patches: What is Better?

When choosing a patch attachment method for your custom patches, two of the most popular methods are sew on and iron on methods. These two patch backing options have their own pros and cons. Below we discuss the utility of both these methods. Embroidered, PVC, woven, chenille and printed patches are the patch styles that can be used with the sew on method, whereas, PVC patches are not compatible with the iron on backing because […]

What is Velcro

The name Velcro comes from two French words put together, “Velour” (velvet) and “Crochet” (hook). In 1941 Swiss electrical engineer George de Mestral went hiking in the woods with his dog. It was all very pleasant until George noticed prickly Burr sticking on his dog and his clothes. Upon arriving back at his home he took note of the burrs that clung to his clothes and he put it under a microscope and discovers that […]