The Chicago Embroidery Company has been in continuous business since 1890 and was one of the first commercial embroidery companies to manufacture patches starting in World War II. We’ve made a lot of patches since then, easily more than 400 million individual units, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way on how to save money for our customers.
1. Think twice about how many patches you need and how many you can use until you need to order again.
a. Making a patch requires creating the digital pattern and setting up the machine to stitch the pattern. This process is essentially the same if you are making one patch or 100,000 patches. The difference is the set-up costs (labor) is spread out over the number of patches ordered so the more you order the set up cost is less per patch. Making one patch means you pay for the entire set up cost. Making 1,000 patches means your set up cost is divided over all the patches and is pretty low.
b. The more patches you order = lower cost per patch
2. What do you want the patches for? Can you simplify the design?
a. The cost of making a patch is tied to the amount of stitches required to make the design. If you can simplify the design so there is more background color and less stitches the lower the cost.
3. Can you get by with a smaller sized patch?
a. Generally speaking the larger the patch is the more stitches needed to make the design. Will a smaller size patch still do the job of a larger one? If so, consider using a smaller size patch instead of a large one.
4. Does your design use metallic “shiny” thread? If so, switch it for normal stock thread. The metallic “shiny” thread is usually mylar or other expensive material. The shiny thread may look nice but it adds cost to your patch.
5. What kind of backing do you have? Do you really need an iron-on back? If so, be prepared to pay a little more. The low-melt PVC plastic typically used for iron-on patches costs more than regular plastic backing. If you are really trying to shave some pennies off the price go with a mesh backing, not plastic.
Call our office 312/664-4232 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We have been in business more more than 100 years and know how to help you save money for your custom patches.