You must have heard about both the woven patches and embroidery patches and wondered about their difference. So, you are going to know their contrasting features here. The most technical opposite quality between woven and embroidery patches is that thread weaving manufactures woven patches.

While embroidered patches are constructed with thicker embroidered thread that is stitched over a piece of fabric, the embroidered patches have a raised feel because of the stitching. Embroidery patches are more traditional in a sense than woven ones. The difference between the two is subtle but present nonetheless. So, let us define both of them first, and then we will move towards the significant differences between the two.

What is a Woven patch?

Woven patches are the patches that are stitched by a thread to form a design on a piece of any fabric. The market is full of woven patches and many people tend to go for them because they are the cheaper solution in the mixture of intricate 2D designs. The design is available only in a limited spectrum of shades or colors.

Woven patches have a smooth feel to them as their texture is very fabric-like and because it is machine-made. Woven patches have a lot of easy-to-attach techniques like you can sew them and iron them easily. The sewn-on method is more permanent than the iron one.

Woven patches are cheap which does not mean that there will be any compromise to their quality because they are machine-made with high detailed and intricate designs and great quality threads. Woven patches are iron safe so you don’t have to worry about ruining them while ironing.

Woven patches are the ultimate fashion statement and a lot of people use woven patches on their bags, jackets, uniforms, jeans, headwear, and bags. Woven patches are in high demand in the market and they are manufactured on a high scale.

What is an Embroidery patch?

Embroidery patches are the patches that have designs that are achieved by the interlacing of threads. They can be designed by 3D designs because they are thread-based patches. These patches are made by the machine by utilizing polyester and twill fabric threads. This gives the patches a rough and rugged-up look compared to the fabric-like and smooth feel of the woven patches.

Embroidery patches have a lot of heavy embroidery work that enables the 3D design elements to work and provide a more vivid thread trail. Apart from that, it also limits the intricacy of the design. The lines, small letters present in the designs do not go greatly with the embroidery patches.

Embroidery patches add to the quality and classy look of the clothing piece they are attached to. They have a high-end finishing look that goes amazingly with almost all the clothing accessories, like bags, hats, etc. Embroidery patches are less durable than woven patches and they are more likely to get damaged if they get in contact with some sharp object.

The difference between woven and embroidery patches

The thread

The weave of the woven patch thread is a lot thinner than the embroidery patch thread. Thinner weave provides a tight weave offering more detail to the design. In contrast. Embroidery patch thread is rough and rugged up giving a 3D design.

The detail

The embroidery patch is created by a heavy thread giving it a denser look. The heavy thread makes the patch look and feels thicker. Apart from that, it also gives a certain lift to the patch like a three-dimensional

design. The embroidery patch does not allow a lot of small details to be visible on the patch. Woven patches, on the other hand, give particular importance to all the intricate details.

The flexibility

Woven patches can be made in smaller sizes up to 1 inch because of their production process and material. Woven patches are not bulky, so they can be attached on the inside and outside of a clothing piece, unlike embroidery patches. Woven patches are more flexible and versatile than embroidery patches in terms of flexibility.

Woven and Embroidery patches backing

Woven and embroidery patches have the same option of backing like:

  • Adhesive backing.
  • Iron-on backing.
  • Velcro backing.

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