When people think of embroidered patches, what comes to mind is something a couple inches square, usually sewn on a shoulder or pocket. But advances in embroidery design and production technology have allowed manufacturers to create embroidered works of art up to 20 inches wide, a stitching canvas with virtually unlimited possibilities.
One of the most popular large designs is the U.S. flag, creating a vibrant image that is often sewn on to the back of a jacket by motorcycle enthusiasts. Motorcycle clubs are also large consumers of custom-designed oversize patches, with logo patches detailing the club and its geographic location.
Large patches are designed for high visibility, even from a distance. Corporations with products to sell have used oversize embroidered patches as a promotional tool. The Chicago Embroidery Company created a unique design for Evinrude, the venerable manufacturer of outboard motors for fishing and pleasure craft. Patches made for Pepsi measured 12 inches across and were designed to be worn across the back of delivery truck driver uniforms. But not all large patches are worn on the back of shirts or coats. Hockey players often sport a large patch with the team’s crest on the front of their uniforms. The Chicago Embroidery Company has worked with many hockey teams over the years to create a unique look for players.
Any patch bigger than 10 inches across is considered oversized. Due to limits of embroidered patch machinery, 20 inches across is the practical size limit for creating an embroidered emblem. Large patches cost more because it takes more machine time and operator time to make. They also use more material but the labor cost usually exceeds the material cost.
Large patches can be more cost-effective than direct embroidery because they can employ material as part of the design, which cuts down on the stitching time. White or a vibrant color of backing material enhances the look of an oversized patch. Another advantage of large patches over direct embroidery is that they can also be transferred to another use after a garment or uniform is outgrown, irrevocably stained or worn out.
For more information about ordering embroidered patches, large or small, for your organization, or to get a quote, contact the Chicago Embroidery Company at www.c-emblem.com or call 312/644-4232.