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Dye Sublimation and Embroidery Combo Patches

Have you ever heard of a 'combo' patch?  This means that there are two different methods to the patch production.  Today, we will learn a little more about a combo of dye sublimation and embroidery.

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The Artex Group's Guide to Charity Patches


The Artex Group’s Guide to Charity Patches


Custom patches are a great way to spread awareness for your cause. By choosing a professionally made custom patch you can proudly & boldly display your charitable organization’s emblem. Of course, there is a multitude of benefits to be had from creating a custom charity patch. Let’s look at a few good reasons why a patch from the Artex Group might be the perfect choice for your charity or fundraiser.

Custom Patches Act As A Uniform For Your Volunteers

Custom patches are an effective means to recognize the contributions of your volunteers. Affixing a patch to a shirt or adding them to a grab bag will make your volunteers feel like their efforts are being acknowledged and appreciated. This simple gesture is great for boosting morale.

A custom patch can also be added to a shirt or vest as part of a uniform, which can help create cohesion among your volunteers. Such a thing will help to attract attention to your cause and give your organization a sense of professionalism. This will certainly help with advertising your charitable efforts and send a clear message about the importance of your fundraiser. Of course, this can also assist with your marketing and improve the name recognition of your charity.

Improve Your Marketing Efforts With Custom Charity Patches

Speaking of marketing, patches are always a great addition to your marketing strategy. A custom patch will allow you to brand your cause and promote your charity or fundraiser. An appealing design can help draw attention to your organization and give you an opportunity to potentially attract new volunteers. These patches also make great handouts that your volunteers can give away.

This is especially important if you have an upcoming charity event that you would like to create a patch for in order to raise awareness. We recommend using a short, catchy, and easy to remember name to help ensure that your event name spreads quickly. Creating an event patch is an excellent tie-in to your social media strategy that gives your digital following a physically tangible product that they can use. You could even go one step further and contact social media influencers in your community and provide them with patches and other promotional items to give away in exchange for an endorsement.

If your organization has a street team, there’s also the possibility of distributing patches to include with your promotional materials. This simple method will allow you to advertise your charity and generate some easy marketing through word of mouth. You may even find yourself with a few new volunteers as a result.

Custom Patches Are Cost-Effective
Perhaps the most compelling reason to order custom patches for your fundraiser is the low cost of designing and manufacturing a patch. Our custom patches are available at competitive prices that can make this a very attractive option for your charity or fundraiser. If you need any assistance with designing a custom patch for your charity or fundraiser please reach out to the pros at the Artex Group! Since 2002 we’ve helped create over 75 million custom patches. Our expert team can help you with every step of the design, creation, and production of your custom patch.

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Creating The Best Patches For Your Cycling Club


Creating The Best Patches For Your Cycling Club


If you enjoy the freedom and exercise that cycling offers you’ve no doubt joined a bicycle club to spend time with like-minded folks in your community. It’s likely that your club or team has a logo they’ve created and it only makes sense to create custom patches. Let’s take a look at some of the best tips and insights for creating stellar custom cycling patches for your organization.

Pick Your Patch Material

Putting your cycling club’s logo on a patch is a simple process. You simply need to determine which material is going to work best for the logo that you have. For example, if you have a complex logo with lots of little details we recommend a woven patch. If you frequently find yourself cycling in inclement weather or you’re part of a mountain biking club we’d recommend going with a PVC patch. If your logo is a simple design then use an embroidered patch. Finally, if you need a photographic level of detail then go with a dye sublimated patch.

Choose Your Patch Backing

Your patch backing will be based on how you plan to affix your patch. If your team is going to sew on their patches we recommend using a plastic backing. This is the most common style of patch backing and tends to be very economical. However, if you plan to use these patches on a bag or need a quick-to-remove patch consider using velcro. Finally, if you only need your patch for limited use, such as an upcoming event or competition, then use a self-adhesive patch backing. We also offer magnetic backing for patches if you want a patch that you could attach to a bike frame or other metallic surface.

Designing Your Logo

If you don’t have a logo for your bike team yet, or you’re uncertain about the design don’t worry. We have a staff of experienced graphic designers that can assist you with creating a logo for your bicycle club. We’ll make sure to create a graphic with an eye-catching level of detail that will be sure to pop when you hit the trail, road, or bike path.

Get Started Today!
Ready to make your cycling team look like a million bucks? Reach out to the Artex Group and we’ll help you design the perfect custom patch for your team. Since 2002, we’ve made over 75 million custom embroidered patches for businesses all around the world. No matter what your needs might be we can work with you to create a custom bike patch. Contact us today and let’s make your dream a reality.

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Common Myths About Velcro Patches, Officially Busted


Common Myths About Velcro Patches, Officially Busted

It’s no secret that custom Velcro patches can be incredibly beneficial whether you’re using them for your business organization, volunteer group, or event. However, there are some common myths and misconceptions surrounding velcro patches that could be keeping you from taking advantage of these benefits yourself.

To help set the record straight, here are some of the most common myths about custom velcro patches officially busted so you can feel confident the next time you place your order.

Myth: Velcro Patches Aren’t as Durable

Custom velcro patches aren’t sewn onto clothing or ironed on. However, this doesn’t make them any less durable. In fact, custom Velcro patches are actually incredibly durable because they can be removed from their clothing. When in use, the patch is held securely in place by the velcro. When not in use, the patch can be carefully removed from the garment so the garment can be cleaned. That means you don’t have to worry about the colors of the patch fading or the patch itself wearing away because of hard use.

Myth: Velcro Patches Can Damage Your Clothes

Custom velcro patches are actually one of the best patch types if you’re worried about damaging your clothes. Because the patches can be removed at will, you don’t have to worry about doing any sewing or ironing. This also works great if the clothing you need your patch to be attached to isn’t iron-friendly. Velcro patches are especially great if you only need to wear patches for a certain period of time, such as for an event, and you want to reuse the clothing later.

Myth: Velcro Patches Aren’t as Versatile

Just like custom iron-on patches and sewn-on patches, custom Velcro patches come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Whether you’re looking to make your sports team stand out or you need your custom velcro patches to be cut a specific way for volunteer firefighters or police officers, velcro patches can be customized to meet your unique needs.

If you’re looking for custom velcro patches for your organization, event, or team, the Artex Group has you covered. We offer both custom velcro patches and apparel for your custom patches so you can find everything you need all in one place. To learn more about our custom Velcro patches, custom iron-on patches, and more, contact the Artex Group today.

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New Patch Owners Guide: How To Attach Patch On A Hat


New Patch Owners Guide: How To Attach Patch On A Hat


So, you’ve received your new Artex Group custom patch, and no doubt you love it. But maybe you’re a bit new to sewing or using a heat press and aren’t sure how to affix it to your hat. Well, you’re in luck, because our new series of articles is here to help new patch owners learn the basics of caring for their custom patch. So without further ado here is our guide to attaching a patch on a hat.

How To Sew A Patch On A Hat

Assuming you have an embroidered patch, or any other patch that can be readily sewed, then sewing the hat patch on is a quick and durable way to display your new patch. You’ll really only need a few things to get started, and it’s a very simple process:

  • Please order your patch with our sticky back adhesive. It will allow you to properly place your patch and keep it there while sewing.

  • After you’ve done that you’ll need to find a sewing needle and some thread. We recommend using bonded nylon thread and a topstitch or leather needle. The nylon thread will be tough and last longer than other threads.

  • Once you’ve cut your thread and threaded the needle be sure to tie a knot at the end. You won’t need much thread, maybe 2 feet or so.

  • Start from the inside of the hat so that your knot won’t be exposed. Try to keep your stitching even and consistent, and make sure that you stitch along the edge of your patch.

Using A Heat Press To Attach A Hat Patch

A heat press is a great way to attach a patch if you have one handy. But given the shape of a hat, it might not seem easy to affix a heat press patch. So how should you attach a patch with a heat press? The easiest way to do it is to make sure that your heat press has a mold that can fit the shape of the hat. From there it’s as easy as:

  • Laying down a finishing sheet on the press

  • Order your patch with our sticky back adhesive so you can properly place your patch and keep it there prior to heating. The sticky back also acts as a heat seal too.

  • Once the patch is in place, begin the heat cycle for approximately 15-20 seconds.  We recommend a temperature range of 330-360 and a minimum of 50 pounds of pressure.

  • Make sure to give the patch and hat some time to cool down, and you’ll have a brand new stylish hat patch!

Gluing A Patch To A Hat

Though not the easiest or the most recommended method, you can attach a patch using fabric glue. One thing to note is that the glue may not last forever, but may provide a few years of adequate use. The process itself is as easy as it comes:

  • Remember to order your patch with our stick-back adhesive for additional adhesion. Then apply some glue to the back of the patch.  A thin layer applied to the border and center should do the trick.

  • Apply the patch by hand to the hat and apply firm pressure for at least 30 seconds.

  • Let the glue dry for a few hours

  • Make sure to keep an eye on your patch after you apply it to make sure it’s not coming loose or starting to fall off.

Need any more help with your custom patch? If you aren’t sure how to attach the patches you’ve bought then reach out to us today. We’ll be more than happy to give you a hand with any concerns you may have!

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The Top 3 Benefits of Custom Velcro Patches


The Top 3 Benefits of Custom Velcro Patches

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Are you considering having some custom patches made for your sports league, business team, or police department? Custom velcro patches might be the perfect solution for you. Let’s take a look at the top 3 benefits of velcro backings and what sets them apart from the traditional plastic or heat seal backings.

1. Durability

Our patches are subject to hard use in the field. No matter what, Artex Group patches are durable and will be sure to last. What makes our velcro offerings especially popular for custom police patches and company uniform patches is that these patches can be easily removed before cleaning the garment they are attached to. This means that our already durable patches will have their life greatly extended.

This is good news if you anticipate the patch you are wearing will be seeing hard use. You won’t have to worry about your patch deteriorating after just a few uses. In fact, your Velcro patches might last longer than the clothes, bags, or gear that you have them attached to!

2. Ease of Use

We offer many types of backings for our patches that make affixing them a cinch. That being said, our velcro patches are perhaps the easiest to attach and offer a high level of reuse. The best part is that you can transfer a velcro patch between multiple garments, hats, or bags without having to worry about damaging your apparel. This easy application can make a velcro patch an attractive option for those that are looking to get the maximum utility out of their custom patches.

Our velcro patches also come with both the male and female sides, meaning that you can put the velcro patch anywhere you, please. Just attach the male or female side to whatever garment you want the patch on and you’ve got a quick and easy spot to instantly place your velcro patch.

3. Variety of Patch Styles

All of our embroidered, woven, and dye sublimated patches come with the option of having a velcro backing. So not only do you get the convenience of hook and loop patches, but you also know you’ll have an attractive patch made of the highest quality materials available. No matter how detailed your design maybe we can ensure that you’ll have a reusable velcro patch for your next event or game.

Maybe you’re considering some patches to make it easier to identify yourself as a member of law enforcement or a fire department? Or, you may simply want to create some morale patches for a humorous addition to uniforms and equipment. Whatever your reason may be, we can work with you to create a patch that will help your team stand out from the competition. We’ve created a variety of patches over the years, so it won’t be any problem for us to create a design that you’ll love.

If you’re considering ordering custom velcro patches, contact the Artex Group today or get a free instant quote!

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