How to order
Build your perfect badge
Have in your mind’s eye the end result! We are available to help you every step of the way. You can email, use the chat or phone for assistance 0333 320 2259. We are always glad to help.
Here is a quick overview of the ordering process:
- Fill in the online form
- We send you a quotation
- We design your badge and send you a proof for approval
- On approval we put your order in to production
- When complete we despatch via tracked courier
Here’s how in more detail:
Designing your badge
If you already have an existing design, you can send it in for copying or alternatively upload a photo or artwork, that’s easy.
Comparing Embroidered and Woven Badges
If you require a lot of detail in your design you may wish to consider a woven badge. To see a brief description of the differences between embroidered and woven badges Click Here.
If you are starting from the ground up you will need to design a badge which is fit for purpose. Our standard embroidered patches are machine washable and suitable for most applications but here are a few tips:
Choose your fabric
Mostly badges are made on poly/cotton twill fabric which is then cut to shape and overlocked with a matching or contrast border. Blazer badges for schools are often made on a felt fabric. There is a very wide choice of fabric colours available and can be matched to your shade.
Select a type of backing
Iron-on or heatseal backing is a good option as it saves sewing, however you need to be careful about the fabric on which it is going to be applied, can it stand the heat of a hot iron? Depending on the washing cycle they will stay attached for up to 80 washes. Heatseal doesn’t work with nylon or synthetic fabrics.
Sew on badges are self explanatory and can be easily sewn on by machine or hand. They are a bit more flexible that other badges with a backing.
Velcro (hook and loop) can be supplied as one part or two part. Some uniform already has one of the parts (loop) to receive the badge. A two part hook and loop badge – obviously the receiving part of the system has to be sewn on to the garment. These are used when there is a frequent change of badge for a particular uniform or costume.
Self adhesive backing is a non-permanent option and is usually used for a single event. It is a strong adhesive but won’t survive a wash cycle. For a permanent application sew-on is the best solution.
The two types of edge finishing most commonly used are laser cut with no border or an overlocked edge sometimes known as merrow which is a stitching to finish off the cut edge to stop it fraying. This is usually 3mm – 4mm wide. Usually a sew on badge is stitched on to the garment through the overlocked border.
Once you have decided on fabric, backing and edge finishing, it is then a question of getting the design in to a format that we can turn in to a finished visual. If you have an existing badge or artwork, that makes it more straightforward and you can upload this on the online form.
Otherwise you can just simply sketch out what you require, indicate the colours and we can do the rest. Just take a photo or scan and upload through our form.
Please be free to contact us for more information about any of our products or services