Iron On Patches differ from the other types of patches in terms of its attachment or application. Mostly, patches are secured into place by sewing around its edges. On the other hand, Iron On Patches are attached to a piece of clothing, accessory, etc. by applying heat. By heating the patch onto a material, a special adhesive will cause the patch to stick onto the fabric.
When ironed, this kind of patch will cause a somehow permanent placement. Because of this, it is vital to know how to properly apply heat for the patch to stick correctly.
Patch Reconsiderations and Positioning
After ironing, patches can’t be removed anymore. Because of this, it is important to rethink again the design of the patch. Carefully consider if it is the right image to voice out the intended meaning, and if it will complement the piece on where it will be attached to. Patches, for optimal effect, should blend in with the material while remaining conspicuous.
Patch size also matters. If it is considerably large, it may be subjected to natural folding of the cloth when worn. This is not good because when folded, parts of the patch design may be hidden from sight. Furthermore, bends on the patch may cause damage like creases and crumples.
Before heating up the iron, it is suggested to lay out first the material onto which the Iron On Patches will be attached to. After that, the patch itself should be laid into its intended position on the material. To get a better judgment of the patch placement, one should view it from afar. Doing so will greatly give the owner an idea on how other people will see it.
It could also help to try different positions. Even if one’s mind is made up and he is certain on where the patch should be, it will not cause harm to try different variations regarding the patch location.
Ironing On the Patch
Ironing on a patch requires an ironing board. However, if not available, any flat, heat-resistant surface should serve as a good substitute. A perfect example of this is a bathroom towel which is folded up and mounted on a leveled, sturdy table.
To ensure that the base item will provide a good surface for the iron on patch, the location where the patch will be placed should be ironed first. The flatter the base material is, the easier the actual patch placement will be. If the base, like a backpack or a cap, is somehow difficult to flatten and iron, it should be arranged in a way that at least the exact place which will receive the patch is flat against a sturdy surface.
After flattening out the base material, the patch itself is positioned into its predetermined location. In doing so, care must be observed so that the underside adhesive of the patch is flat against the fabric. Also, it should be checked if the patch is not crooked or folded in any way.
Subsequently, a thin towel should be placed over the patch. The towel must entirely cover the patch as well as its immediate surroundings. Placing the towel should again be done carefully as reckless covering of the patch may result to disturbance or dislocation of the patch’s position.
The iron is then heated to the hottest setting that the fabric of the base can tolerate. Different materials can tolerate different levels of heat. Too much application of heat may damage the base as well as the patch itself. Usually, the heat threshold level of the base, especially if it is a piece of clothing, is indicated in its care label.
Additional thing to remember is that the iron’s steam settings should be disabled and its liquid tank should not be full with water.
When the iron is already hot, it should be pressed down firmly by applying pressure over the patch and the cover towel. Most Iron On Patches require only about 15 seconds of heat application.
After heating, the iron must be removed so that the patch and towel could cool down. When cool, one must carefully remove the towel and check whether the patch is fixed securely. To check its adhesive activity, the edges of the patch could be gently rubbed with a finger.