Woven Patch vs Embroidered Patch – Choosing The Best Patch


There are subtle but important differences between woven patches and embroidered patches. However, it seems necesary first to define both of them.

What is a Woven Patch?

Woven Patches are patches done by stitching a design with threads into a piece of fabric.

What is an Embroidered Patch?

Embroidered Patches are patches which design is achieved by interlacing threads.

There is a distinct difference in the looks of an embroidered patch to a woven patch:

  • The weave of a woven patch is a created with a much thinner thread, just like a woven label.
  • The thinner threads enable a tighter weave so there can be more detail in the artwork.
  • The threads also provide cleaner lines and a flatter appearance, closer to a printed look.
  • The thickness of the patch is also more streamlined and thin.

REASON 2 – THE Detail

The fine, graphic details in the print of the Police Chef Badge Below gives it a distinct advantage over its embroidered counterpart.

Because an embroidered patch is stitched more densely with a heavier embroidery thread, the threads make the patch feel thicker also gives off a certain lift and three dimensional look.

This is a great option if you don’t have a lot of text or detail on your patch and would like the overall classic look of an embroidered patch.

So if your artwork is: 1) Very Precise 2) Has small details, or 3) Has very fine lettering, then you may consider woven patches as your best option.

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REASON 3 – THE Flexibility

With a woven patch, due to the material and production process, a patch can be made in much smaller size without losing integrity, even down to 1″.

Unlike an embroidered patch, woven patches can go on the inside or outside of clothing without a bulky feeling. Thinner threads make Woven patches thinner them embroidered patches, providing a level of flexibility that makes the patch more versatile.

More About Woven vs Embroidered Patches

Both Embroidered and Woven patches can have backing added to them:

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Why Choose Us?

We have been producing high quality embroidered or woven patches for decades.
As soon as we take a look at the artwork and  the size of your desired patch, we will let you know if we think woven or embroidered patches will work best.
If you are unsure of a woven or and embroidered patch is the best option for you, wee will send you samples, free of charge for your your review.
We will always make a sample of your custom woven patches for your approval before going into full production, so you will always know how your embroidered or woven patch will look, no surprises!

How Long Will it Take to Get My Patches Done?

Woven: Your sample will be ready in 2-3 business days, and production will take about 2 weeks.
Embroidered: Your sample will be ready in 5-7 business days, and production will take about 3 weeks.

Can you Make a Large Embroidered Patch?

Yes, we can make any custom patch as large as 16″ in size, perfect for your jackets and vests.

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If you are thinking about ordering your custom patches, just click on the button below, our expert Sales Reps will get back to you within 24 business hours and guide you through every step of the process.

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