Many motorcycle clubs have unique embroidered patches, worn by their members to showcase the club. If you’ve looked into this for your club, but found the cost to be too high, here are some tips for you to help save money and still get a great patch design.
The more colors a patch has, the more expensive it is to produce. Interesting designs can be produced with a single color and contrasting background hue. Adding a total of more than 10 colors will increase the cost, but not excessively. It’s the multi-color patches, complete with gold or silver thread that become cost prohibitive.
There are standard shapes for patches, circular, oval, square and rectangular, designs that are easily accommodated by stitching machines. These are less expensive to produce than an irregular shape, known as a die-cut. You’ll often see motorcycle club patches in the shape of a state or a winged crest or the outline of an actual bike. These designs require more labor to produce, and therefore cost more to you. If you can use a regular geometric shape, you’ll help keep the cost down.
We’ve all seen the large biker embroidered patches, 12 inches across or more, usually worn on the back of a vest or jacket. These patches, often a flag or American bald eagle design, are very impressive visually, but can be costly. The oversize embroidered patches require more labor, more stitching and special equipment to produce.
To produce an embroidered patch, there are costs for design work and stitching machine prep, known as set-up charges. Set-up is a fixed cost, spread out over the production run, so the more patches you order, the lower the set-up charge per patch. Many first-time customers make the mistake of ordering too few patches (once they see the finished product, everybody wants more than one to put on hats, vests, jackets and other riding gear) and are surprised at the cost of placing an additional order to meet demand. It’s best to figure out how many patches you think you’ll need and then increase the order by ten percent or more. While it’s a little more expensive in the short-term, you’ll save money in the long run.
The Chicago Embroidery Company has worked with many motorcycle clubs over the years and can help you and your club create a unique and economical design. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org , visit www.c-emblem.com or call 312-664-4232.