Silver Brook Custom
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We're in Carlton,
Minnesota USA ... making patches for folks all over the world! Est 1994.
to see what some of our customers have to say!
We've made embroidered patches for all sorts of users -- for Girl and Boy Scout troops, church groups, motorcycle and scooter clubs and rallies,
universities, military and veterans groups, fire and police
departments, race teams, sports fans, music groups, entrepreneurs, campground
owners, and Native American reservations.
- Quantities range from 50 to tens of thousands.
- From simple designs to complex.
- Single to multi-color.
- With iron-on, peel and
stick, velcro, Pellon, or no additional backing.
- In regular, color-fast,
or metallic thread.
Four factors contribute to the cost of a patch:
quantity, 2 - embroidery coverage,
3 - size, 4 - backing
Quantity - Once the
pattern is made and the machines are set up, the more patches you order, the
cheaper they are. (By the way, we do not charge setup/art prep fees). The per-patch cost in an order of 200 is usually
less than half that of an order for
50 (our minimum).
- A twill patch (that's what we use for the background) that is 100%
covered with stitches will cost more than a patch that's only 50% covered. The
Chicago Captains patch utilizes the white twill as part of its design, for 75%
coverage. The U.S. flag is 100% covered with embroidery. An average patch will
have between 50 - 85 % coverage.
- The larger the patch, the higher the
- Several different backings are
available - heat seal (permanent), peel and stick (self adhesive), Velcro, and
plastic backing (a light stiffening material). Please contact us for prices. Of
course sew-on style patches can have no
additional backing at all.
Other options for patches are button loops and
grommets which can be attached.
seal application directions for home use.
to see samples of jacket back sized patches.
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of this page and use the handy form to request a fast quotation
Directions for applying patches with
a heat seal (iron-on) backing can be
WHAT ABOUT COLORS AND SHAPES?
One factor that does NOT affect the price is the number of colors used (up to
9, anyway). First, pick the color of the patch material, called the background.
If your design has lots of sky or water, picking a blue background so all that blue
won't have to be embroidered, will save you money. We can help you with this choice after we see
The second color choice is the embroidered border, called the merrow. This
color could match or contrast the background. The Summit patch makes good use of
a contrasting merrow color.
Neither the background or merrow color are counted as one of
the nine colors allowed. The Summit patch is a 1 color patch.
Additional colors (over 9) are available at an extra charge. Gold,
silver and other color metallic threads are available at an additional charge, too. Also available are
colorfast threads for patches that will be subjected to commercial laundering or
lots of sunlight.
The butterfly patch is laser cut, a process used for unusual
shapes. Laser cut patches do not have a merrowed edge, although a border is
possible, as you can see. They are especially good for iron-on applications, as
they lie flat and look almost like direct embroidery.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER SHAPES & STYLES?
Just about any design you can come up with (and send us a .jpg for) can be
turned into a patch.
The white flower patch is laser cut around the flower petals and stem on the
outside edge. It utilizes the white twill background as part of the design, and
gold metallic thread creates detail. Simple, but lovely.
Laser-cutting was utilized to cut around each letter of the Southernmost Ride
patch. It gives a patch a lacey effect, although whatever this patch is ironed
on will show through it.
The Baker patch has a loop sewn on. These are great for handing out on the
first day of camp or a conference, when ironing or sewing aren't immediate options.
Folks can loop them on a key chain, clip, button, necklace, or ID cord where
they're handy for instant recognition or access to meals or special events. If
desired, the loop can be removed and the patch sewn on permanently.
Can I apply "heat seal"
Yes! At least the
smaller patches can be done this way. Your iron should completely cover
the patch. The best way to apply larger jacket back sized patches is to
use a commercial heat press.
seal is a very strong adhesive, and for most applications is considered
To heat seal your
patches with a home iron, set it to 320 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do
not have a very sturdy ironing board, use a folded terry cloth towel under
the garment that you are putting the patch onto.
Put the patch in place
and "seal" it with the iron. You have to apply about 15 pounds
of pressure. Try to imagine a 10 pound bag of sugar, plus a 5 pound bag
sitting on top of the iron.
Do not move the iron,
hold it motionless on the patch.
Apply the 15 pounds of
pressure to the patch for 15 seconds, then remove the iron.
At this point the
adhesive is still liquid. It is very important not to move the garment
until it has cooled.
You may even want to apply a light pressure to the patch while it cools.
Let cool for a couple minutes.
Do not subject the
patch and garment to any bending in the area of the patch for several
more minutes to allow the adhesive to completely set.
Depending on the type
of garment you apply the patch to, you may want to have it sewn after
you heat apply it. If I was putting a patch on the back of my riding
jacket, where I know it would be taking a beating, I would for sure want
it sewn on. Of course you can always wait to do this until it starts to
The adhesive will not
adhere to leather due to the oily surface. It will hold it in place in
order to make it easier to sew it on though.
Always turn decorated garments inside out before laundering.
Avoid bleach and detergents that contain bleach if at all possible.
If you have any other
questions, please get a hold of us and ask them. Thank you.
Questions? Concerns? Ready to order?
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