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Tips To Apply Patches On Jackets


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If you have a jacket that needs to have a patch added to the outside, it needs to be done based upon the type of patch you are using. If you have a patch made of cloth, it needs to be sewn on, which will require thread and a sewing machine. The most common type of patch is an iron on patch. These are not used by adults, per se, but with young children that are getting them at the local store. An adult must apply them as the high heat necessary to put them on the outside could severely burn them if done the wrong way. Here are some tips on applying different types of patches on a jacket that you may need to do soon.

How To Apply Iron On Patches To Clothing?

If you have small children, they have likely brought home patches from time to time. These are patches that must be affixed to the exterior of a T-shirt, or even a jacket, with the use of an iron. The iron must be on, delivering high heat, so the opposing side’s glue can melt and eventually become secure to the outer material. Before the patches are applied, you must heat the jacket on the surface before placing the glue on the patch. One thing that you can do to avoid burning the patches to place a cloth over the top. The cloth needs to be thin enough to allow the heat to go through but not thick enough to prevent melting. It is also necessary to use a good amount of pressure. This can be done by simply pressing down as hard as you can for just a few seconds. Different types of patches will require short or long durations of pressure and heat. If you have more than one patch, it may take some trial and error to get it done the right way.

How Do You Attach Cloth Patches To A Jacket?

Different types of jacket patches are a little bit different in the way that they are put on the exterior of a jacket. For the most part, it requires a bit of sewing, which cannot be done by hand. Instead, you will need a sewing machine, professional-grade if possible, to go through the patch and the jacket itself. Keep in mind that this will put holes in the jacket, so if you are putting on a patch, you need to make sure that you wanted to be there as long as you have the jacket in your possession. A serger is a very specific type of sewing machine that is used for industrial or commercial purposes. It is perfect for putting on patches of different types of material on jackets that could be made of leather. Once this is done, it will likely be permanent, unless the thread you are using can easily break down when the jacket is washed. Therefore, you must be very careful when choosing a place on the jacket to add this permanent patch that will likely be there for years.

Tips On Making Sure The Patch Stays

If you are using any patch that uses an adhesive, you must use the proper amount of pressure and heat. If it is not hot enough, the glue will not melt, and therefore it will not stay. If you do not use enough pressure, it will not allow the glue to form a consistent bond with the exterior of the material. With jackets, you need to find a place where it will be primarily flat, such as the front pocket, upper or lower, or even on the back of the jacket if that is where you want it. You must use a powerful sewing machine like a serger and thread that is relatively thick for cloth patches. By doing this and selling it on properly along the edges, you can look forward to many years of seeing your patch on the jacket.

If you have never sewn a patch on a jacket before, or if you do not have an iron, you may want to enlist friends or family members’ help. You can always go to a local business that can do it for you for a reasonable cost. It is also important to consider the quality of the patches that you are using. For example, if you are getting cheap glue on patches, the glue may not be a good adhesive. Even if you melted properly, it may not stay on the exterior of the material, which is why you should always pay for top-quality patches with glue that is designed to last.


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