A Newbie’s Guide to Iron-on Patches
Fun, simple, and absolutely easy on the budget – the use of iron on patches is an absolute must for patch enthusiasts or for anyone who simply wants to perk up their wardrobe.
However, it takes real skills to use them perfectly. To iron on patches requires careful handiwork, timing, and the appropriate garment to make it all possible. First timers may get really frustrated when initial attempts fail. This happens when the patches do not attach well to the clothes or when wrinkles and inconsistencies occur. Get to know more about the in’s and the out’s plus the how-to’s by reading on.
To start off, it is essential to know that using these patches requires a little practice
This can be quickly done by purchasing a D.I.Y kit that includes sample patches, printable patterns, and easy-to-follow manuals. The manuals can serve as the guide on how to iron on patches smoothly.
To learn how to iron on transferable patches, it is necessary to have other tools ready such as an iron and an ironing board, a sheet of clean paper or a towel, and lastly, the article or piece of cloth where the patches are to be ironed on.
The patches to be ironed on may come from range of designs to choose from – from letters to numbers, butterflies to stars, skulls to tattoo-like, etc.
Once all the materials and tools are ready, then start setting the iron on high steam that is specifically for ‘cotton’. Such temperature is necessary to ensure that the enough heat is applied onto the patches. If printable transfers are used, then medium heat would suffice as they are a bit thinner. The printable ones, however, require more care as they tend to be very sensitive to heat. To iron on patches of this type, it is crucial to double check the heat setting. They will not stick on the cloth if the heat goes overboard or insufficient. It is advisable that a fragment of transferable patch be ironed on an old garment for a little practice.
One important reminder to take note of is to NEVER use this type of patches on any clothing that has plastic material in them. This is never a good idea as it could leave a burnt mark on the patch as well as on the garment. This will also leave unwanted residue on the iron plate. Moreover, never use any liquid – do not spray water on the patches or on the surface of the iron plate.
Timing is also an essential item to factor into when working on these patches
Have the iron heat up while working on the arrangement of the patches on the garments. Once the arrangement is done, place a clean sheet of paper of tower large enough to cover the entire surface to be ironed on. To iron on patches, it is also essential that they lay flat on the board and that the cotton cloth is not wrinkled. Having wrinkled section on clothes could easily distort the design. The towel can also serve as a protection for the patches. Iron plates could possibly have dark marks of corroded portions that may ruin the overall appearance of the patches.
The patches are now ready for ironing. Press the iron on the towel for roughly 15 seconds making sure that entire surface of the patches is heated. The printable patches may only require 10-15 seconds as they require less heat than the regular iron-on ones. The cover may then be lifted from the corners to the center. If a portion of the patch peels off, then it is essential to do it all over again and re-do the ironing.
The first few attempts may be frustrating but as they say, practice makes perfect! So go on and give it a try.
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