If you’re ordering custom patches, there are several important aspects of the design to consider. Size, shape and colors are key elements, of course. But there’s one more you might not have thought of – the patch border style.
For embroidered and woven patches, you have a choice of two different types of border styles – merrowed or hot cut. PVC patches are available only with hot cut borders.
What’s the difference? The most common style you’ll see on standard-shaped (round, rectangular, square, oval) patches is the merrowed border. This is a sewn border created on an overlock sewing machine made by the Merrow Sewing Machine Company – hence the name. This is the classic raised border you’re accustomed to seeing on basic patches. It creates a clear visual distinction between the garment and the patch.
Hot cut borders are typically laser cut, and can be used on any patch shape, including custom shapes to suit your logo or business. Unlike the merrowed style, this border is flat, and shows less separation from the garment the patch is attached to.
The merrowed style offers a classic look, one that’s been popular for more than 150 years. (The Merrow Machine Company built its first overlock machine in 1868!) The hot cut style offers far more flexibility for customizing your patches. The choice is up to you.
PVC patches require hot cut borders because unlike woven or embroidered patches, they have no thread. They’re a single soft, rubber-like plastic that can be trimmed to the perfect shape.
In the event you’re not sure which border style is best for your design, contact us. Our experienced staff will be happy to advise you on patch types, border styles, colors and other specifics of your design. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure your custom patches perfectly suit your business or organization’s needs. We look forward to serving all your custom patch needs!
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Rick Cundiff spent 15 years as a newspaper journalist before joining TJM Promos. He has been researching and writing about custom patches and other promotional products for more than 10 years. He believes in the Oxford comma, eradicating the word "utilize," and Santa Claus.