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 of the high possibility of the PVC melting under the heat of the iron which can damage the iron and the fabric, but they are compatible with the sew on method.

Is it better to sew on a patch or iron on a patch?

Iron on method is a convenient and time saving way to attach your patches to your favorite garment. Sew-on patches are great too and require sewing skills and more time but they add more flexibility to the garment on which the patch is attached. If you don’t want your patch to be stiff you can have the iron on backing eliminated and once it’s sewn on, the patch can flow and fold a bit with the fabric.

Do iron patches stay on?

Iron on patches usually stay on for about 25 washes which is more than enough for most jackets and bags. For permanent application you need to sew on your patches or you can take your bags and jackets to a local dry cleaner but they may or may not do a great job.

What temperature should I iron patches on?

350 degrees Fahrenheit. Preheat your iron to 350 degrees Fahrenheit cotton setting for about five minutes or until hot and position your patch where you want it on the material. Place a pressing parchment square or thin cloth over the patches. Check this article for a comprehensive and step by step guide on how to iron on patches. Tip: use a damp cloth when ironing wool or other delicate fabrics.

What’s the difference between iron on and sew on patches?

One of the differences between these two patch attachment types is that an iron-on patch has a layer of glue on the backside. The sew-on patch is usually a simple embroidered patch made of fabric and thread. An iron-on patch will have a cloudy look and shiny look on the back of it whereas the sew on patch will simply look like fabric.

How do you put patches on without sewing or iron on backing?

Even if the patch isn’t specifically iron-on you may still be able to attach it without sewing. You can use fabric glue to attach it to your clothing article. Most fabric glue is just requires simple application. Apply it to the back of the patch then stick it onto the clothing article.

Will an iron on patch come off in the wash?

Iron on patches will not come off in the first wash. It’s just that you need to wash it in cold water. Never use warm or hot water that loosens the adhesive and results in detaching it from the garment.

How long do you iron a patch?

To protect both the fabric and the patch place a pressing cloth in between the iron and the patch. You can also use cotton pillow case or handkerchief between the patch and the iron. Press the iron downward and hold it in place for 30 to 45 seconds.

Can you make your own custom iron on patches?

Yes, with us it’s easy and simple, and that’s what we do at UltraPatches. Just send over your design, idea and other information by filling out the price quote request form on the website and our sales representative will be in touch with you with a price quote for your custom iron on patches.

How do you keep an iron on patch from falling off?

Modern heat fix glues have gotten very good i recommend using a medium hot iron and covering the patch with a thin handkerchief or other thin fabric while ironing it onto the garment press down hard for a few seconds then keep the iron moving to prevent sticking keep this up for two to three minutes.