Published Feb 26, 2021 by Rick Cundiff
Patches, patches everywhere, and not a one a blank. If you just take a cursory glance at our site here, that’s what you might think.
After all, we’re in the business of selling custom patches, right? Why would we want anything to do with blank patches?
That’s easy. Because we believe in serving the needs of our customers – ALL of our customers. And some of our customers want blank patches.
It’s easy to understand why some folks might want to do their own embroidery. Have you seen what those fancy computerized home embroidery machines can do these days? With a microprocessor built in, they let you digitize and program your own custom design right into the machine, then sit back and watch while the embroidery head goes to town.
Those things are a testimonial to what we can do with computers these days. And have you ever priced them? You can buy a good used car for the cost of some embroidery machines! So it’s no wonder folks want to use them to craft their own designs.
Then again, some people choose to go the other way. They embroider their own designs the old-fashioned way, one stitch at a time.
Not so very long ago in the grand scheme of things, that was the only way to embroider anything. For thousands of years, custom embroidery was a painstaking endeavor and quite an expensive indulgence. Artisans carefully embroidered tapestries and clothing for kings, queens, pharaohs and aristocrats, and charged for their services.
Things began to change in the 1800s, with the invention of the schiffli loom. A simple machine, it allowed for faster production of embroidery. By the early 20th century, electric motors greatly reduced the need for hand labor. Paper tapes allowed a degree of programmability.
When the microprocessor revolution arrived in the latter half of the century, the sky was the limit. In 1978, Singer introduced the Touch-Tronic 2001, the first computer-controlled sewing machine. From there, the market for computerized machines took off.
Of course, modern machines are worlds beyond the capabilities of that original Singer. But for some folks, there’s just no substitute for a hand-crafted stitch.
For all of you out there who want to do your own embroidery, whether on a sophisticated machine or lovingly by hand, we offer blank patches. Our backing, your design and effort, will combine to make beautiful patches.
No matter whether you want us to produce your patches, or you want to do it yourself, we’re here to serve all your custom patch needs. Want to find out more? Call us, email or fill out our no-obligation Free Quote form. We look forward to hearing from you.