Recently, technology has made great strides in changing the way we create custom embroidered patches.
Embroidery emerged as one of the most renowned forms of art in the world. It is the art of fabric decoration using only needles and threads. This form of art has been in existence for thousands of years, taking its roots in a lot of ancient civilizations, from the Babylonians, Phoenicians, and Egyptians.
Even with the passing of time, the popularity of embroidery has never diminished. Even today, many people are still enamoured by the peaceful and beautiful process of weaving patterns into beautiful art forms which can be used for many different purposes.
One of the most significant works of embroidery is the Bayeux Tapestry, which is a large embroidered cloth measuring 230 feet long. This tapestry depicts the Battle of Hastings, which took place originally in 1066. The cloth came into the attention of the public when it was first mentioned in the mid 1400s.
For a long span of its history, embroidery was considered to be a luxury item. It was never possible for the poor to afford tapestries of their own. Eventually, due to its status as a luxury item, it came to symbolize wealth and prosperity. This was the custom which embroidery was used to until the coming of the Industrial Revolution, which basically democratized the art of embroidery and made it finally affordable for even the poor to purchase. The use of human hands became less needed as machines eventually took over, creating extraordinary designs of patches which were impossible to create if humans were in charge.
One of the first commercial embroidery machines was created in Switzerland during the middle of the 19th century.
The first practical shuttle embroidery machine was invented by Isaak Groebli, and eventually became known as Schiffli looms, or “little boats”, a comparison made with the shape of boats to the shape of the machine. Today, Switzerland is still the primary producer of equipment for embroidery, in addition to other powerful nations such as China, Germany, and the United States.
During the 1950s, the system of creating embroidery became even more automated, as the use of a paper tape that will determine the pattern to be created by the embroidery machines was utilized. Since then, the pace of technological advancement has significantly increased, and with that, the development of machines designed to create embroidery also experienced dramatic changes and improvements in such a short time, to an extent that now, they can produce high quality embroidery products with custom embroidered patches. Today it is possible to create your design through the use of a computer, and even make changes to it using the computer as well.
Stitching is not the only thing that is precise regarding embroidery. Cutters which were carefully placed are put in order to let the backing material be cut into any shape you want. Whatever the shape will be, it will determine the type of sew that will be used on the border of the patches, whether it will be a heat-sealed hot cut border, or a traditional sewn border.
The merrowed or traditional look provides a wrapped look to the border. On the other hand, hot cut borders are used for patches that are custom-shaped. The batches of patch which will be created can be merged with other clothing by sewing them together, or they may also be equipped with iron-on backing, or with a Velcro.
Another great thing about the embroidered patch is that it does not fade away as time flies. This is unlike silk screen designs that eventually lose their color. In addition, a custom embroidered patch also lasts much longer.
As of late, innovation has made awesome steps in changing the way we make specially embroidery products.