Using custom patches goes a long way back; it started as a piece of product people used for repairing torn clothes. With time their use grew, and now people use custom embroidered patches for various purposes. Some use them to show their passion, belonging to a group or club, decoration, etc. Businesses use them as employees’ name tags, promotions, etc. Nonprofits use them to raise awareness about critical social issues. We also use them in the military to display names, ranks, missions, and accomplishments. So, if you are an entrepreneur, marketing manager, or a person who is looking to create custom patches, the blog is for you. It will provide you with all the factors affecting their price and empower you to make an informed buying decision. Without further ado, let’s get started:
Quantity: the total quantity of custom embroidered patches will affect the price; it is one of the most critical factors. But, it is not so simple – it is not directly proportional to the quantity. You need to keep in mind that the higher the quantity, the less the price per patch.
E.g., you ordered 20 custom embroidered patches of 3-inches, and the total cost is $100. Now, you want to make the patches again, this time quantity is 300. But, the total price is $500, which means the cost per patch is only $1.66. So the order quantity is high, but the price per patch is significantly low.
You might be confused and ask why the price per patch is high for small orders.
The reason is pretty simple, whether you make ten patches or one thousand patches, there are some fixed costs. If you make ten patches, the fixed cost gets divided between them, and if you create one thousand patches, they divide the cost among them, which means the price of one patch will be substantially smaller.
According to the mentioned points, we can divide the cost into two types:
Variable costs are incurred depending on the total order quantity and depend upon: material costs and quality. The raw materials are threads, twill, borders, pattern cutting, backings, machine operating costs, etc. The better the quality of patches, the higher the price.
Upfront or one-time costs: Some costs are fixed irrespective of the quality.
Setup cost: you need DST files to customize textile-based patches like embroidered, chenille, or woven patches. First, the design is digitized, and then it is uploaded to the machine. The digital file is a set of stitching instructions; it tells the machine how to create the design. The digitizing cost depends upon the embroidery size and coverage.
For creating PVC patches they use a metallic mold independent of the total patch quantity. They design a CAD file for a CNC engraving machine and PVC filling instructions for a liquid dispensing device. The mold cost depends on the thickness and the size of the PVC patches and can affect both the one-time and variable prices. It also includes the one-time setup of machines necessary for patch production.
Artwork cost: It takes human resources to design the patches and make the changes to make them compatible. As mentioned in the above example, whether you order ten or ten thousand patches, you will need to create artwork.
Size is one of the most vital factors in deciding the price of custom patches. The bigger the patch, the more it will cost; bigger patches require more threads, twills, etc.
Backings: your choice of backings will also decide the cost of patches. No-backing is the cheapest, and iron-on backings are more costly than sew-on. Using Velcros and adhesive backings also affects the price. Other types like pin-on, button loop, plastic, and magnetic are costlier and heavy; they increase the shipment cost.
- The design also affects the patch cost; it is not as much of a factor as the ones mentioned above. The greater the complexity, the more the price. The number of colors is another vital factor. Most manufacturers provide a price fixed for a certain number of colors and for extra colors the price goes up. E.g., if your embroidered patch design contains 11 different colors, they will fix the price for 9-colors and charge extra for the other two colors. For PVC patches, the industry standard is four colors, and more for additional colors.
Since every individual and organization has different requirements, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Please look at the reason for creating custom embroidered patches. Whether you want to make it for employees or to create awareness. For the first one, your requirement will be less. You will need it in a greater quantity for the second one. Some manufacturers also place an MOQ, i.e., minimum order quantity, while others like EverLighten don’t have an MOQ. It would be best to clear it before going ahead.
Be consistent while talking with manufacturers. Please make a list of questions and ask every one of them.
It would be better to err on the side of higher than falling short of patches when the time comes.
Whatever the reason for manufacturing custom patches, you should always choose quality. High-quality patches will last longer than low-quality ones, which will be cheaper in the long run. It will provide you with better ROIs. It takes years of experience and expertise to create beautiful custom embroidered patches. EverLighten has been making custom patches for over eighteen years. They have helped startups, big companies, nonprofits, sports teams, colleges, universities, celebrities, and individuals make their dream patches.
We’ve got better quality, amazing details, friendly customer service, and cheaper pricing from EverLighten – said the CEO of the Heating and Cooling Co., Ltd. after receiving their custom patches. The organization provides various services and was looking to create custom patches for its employees. After being disappointed with many companies, they contacted our team through numerous positive testimonials. They were pretty satisfied with the quality after receiving their free sample. We produced high-quality patches.
Read the full story at https://everlighten.com/blogs/success-stories/company-the-heating-and-cooling-co-ltd.
Benefits of working with EverLighten:
Best pricing: they are a dedicated factory for producing custom patches and not intermediaries; customers always get the best price.
Quality without a compromise: they use premium-quality materials and the latest processes.
Fast turnaround time: they provide the quickest delivery for every order.
24*7 support: you can contact us anytime; they provide round-the-clock support.
Real people, phenomenal service: EverLighten loves helping; they offer various options for every patch.
Free design help and unlimited customization: the custom patches will look as you imagined; they also provide endless customization.
No MOQ requirement: you can order as many patches as you need; they accept orders without a minimum limit.
Worldwide shipping: they deliver worldwide; customers can track their orders anytime with an order tracking tool.
For information and design, visit https://everlighten.com/collections/custom-patches.