The Advantages and Disadvantages of Embroidered Patch Backings

An embroidered patch is a great way to showcase your logo and promote what you are offering. Patches are used in events, security guards uniform, hotels, and many other companies that use uniforms. By using embroidered patches, you give your company or event a unique appearance that will be recognized by everyone. 

However, after getting your patches from the designer, you need to attach them into your garments. There are different ways of backing patches, and the one you choose will depend on your needs. If you are going to use the patch for a long time, you will need a different backing method from the one who is using the garment for one day.

There are three main types of patch backing, and each one will have its pros and cons. This article will guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of each backing method, and at the end, you should be able to pick the most appropriate one. Every type of patch will have its own way of backing, and you need to get instructions from your manufacturer.

1. Iron on backing

Iron-on backing is also called heat seal as it is only done using heat. Iron box is used to iron the patch until it sticks, but this is not an appropriate method if you want to use the garment for more than a day. Iron on backing is used as a solution during ceremonial celebrations and when sewing the patch.


Suitable for ceremonial uses – As stated above, iron on backing is not a solution to long term needs. But if you want to use the patch for one day or during a ceremony, this is the right choice. For example, in the case of a wedding, you might consider using a heat sealing method so that you don’t destroy the hired garments.

Easy to apply – When looking for a way to decorate your garments in a short time, you don’t need something complicated. Iron on backing is an easy process that anyone can follow. You just iron the patch together with the cloth you want to attach to, and you are done.


They don’t last – If you are looking for something that is going to last for a long time, iron backing patches is not the most suitable solution. You can only use this for a one-day event, and by evening the patch will have started detaching itself from the garment.

Not suitable for frequent cleaning – As you clean your Iron on patches, they become weaker, and with time they will not be helpful anymore.

2. Velcro backing

This is a type of backing that uses hooks and loops. There are one-sided hooks and two-sided ones, but the one-sided is more common to men. Velcro backing is mostly used when you want to introduce new patches every time or change their attached location.


Durable – The good thing with this backing is that your patches will last for a long time and you won’t dig deep into your pocket after a short time. The patches can be removed when they are not needed and during cleaning, thus giving them a longer lifespan.

Flexible – Another advantage that comes with Velcro backing is flexibility. This means you can adjust your patches anytime you want without problems. Unlike in the heat sealing where the more you detach them, the more you reduce their lifespan, in the Velcro backing you can adjust the patches as much as you want.


With Velcro backing, there are no many disadvantages. However, there is one problem as the patches will not be attached firmly. You only use a hook to attach a patch, and it will remain loose even if you use the two-sided hooks. But this isn’t a problem as the main aim is to display the message in your patch.

3. Adhesive backing

The adhesive backing is the most used type of backing currently. What makes many people choose this type is that the patches will remain firm and intact, although not for a long time. To attach the patch you will use adhesive tape which cannot hold for a long time as it is not heat resistant.

Just like other types of backing adhesive backing also comes with its advantages and disadvantages.


An excellent option for a short period – If you want to attach the patches for a short time and firmly this is the right choice. So far, this is the best way to back your embroidered patches for a short time.

Simple – To apply this, you don’t need any special skills. The tools involved are simple as the only thing you might use is an adhesive tape.


Not useful for a long time – Adhesive tape is not heat tolerable, and when your garment is exposed to the sun, the patch can be easily detached. When you want to attach the embroidered patch for many days, you can use more permanent means. Other means to attach the patches for a long time

Using a glue

There are specialized glues that are used to attach the patch for a long time. But you need to consider the type of material used to make your garment before you using a glue. Although some glues are simple to clean and remove from your clothes, you need to get the right glue for the task.


Above all the other means, if you want to attach the patches permanently and use them for a long time, you can consider sewing them onto the garment. This is more common to uniforms that are going to be used for a long time. If you want to go for this, consider getting help from a professional to avoid complications and wastage.


Backing your embroidered patches shouldn’t be a complicated process. All you need is to consider your needs and then choose the right type. Again you need to hire a professional to create the patches for you as it will require special skills and tools.

About the Author

I'm Rodney Heaton and I love hunting in the wild. In the past, I was in the military for over 5 years. After that I became a licensed hunter and a mountain guide.