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Best Ways To Apply Embroidered Patches To Leather

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Embroidered patches can be dated all the way back to ancient Asian civilizations; they've been around for centuries. But it's only the last few years that it has become possible for us to use a hot iron to add them to our clothing if they've a heat activated glue backing. In modern times you don't need a needle or thread to add them to most materials. This is good news because it is less painful, quicker and much easier. The only problem is, you can't iron patches to leather - at least in the traditional sense.

Hot Temperatures and Leather Don't Go So Well Together

In regards to attaching embroidered patches to clothing with a hot iron, what you're actually doing is heating up the glue on the back of the patch until it gets quite soft. That requires a large amount of heat; heat that can damage the sensitive finish of leather.

The surface of leather can get damaged by excess heat, although leather as a material is looked upon as very durable. So we are left with two problems. The first issue is that the patch will fall off the leather once it has become damaged for the reason that glue will not stick to it. Second, the moment the patch does fall off you'll be looking at an ugly burn mark left by the glue. The same can be said for vinyl and various types of faux leather. You should also consider the fact that if you could get the patch hot enough so that it would stick to your leather, one slip of your hand could mean that the rest of your leather could get burned and scorched. So using a hot iron near leather clothing along with other goods is never advisable.

There Is Another Way

We previously mentioned that it is not possible to attach embroidered patches to leather with a hot iron in the traditional sense. We use the term "traditional sense" because there is a non-traditional method that works well. It involves a specialized glue and an unheated iron. Yes, an iron that is not heated. You are only going to be using your iron to press the patch on.

In order to get this to work properly, you will have to have special glue; leather is notoriously difficult to work with so you won't be able to use just any old glue. In order to find this special glue, you'll have to look at sewing shops, craft fairs or a high end leather goods store. You need to make sure that you read the instructions carefully before buying to make perfectly sure that it can be used on leather. You may end up wasting your money if you fail to do this.

The glue needs to be applied to the back of the patch as per the instructions on the bottle and then you should carefully place the patch onto the part of the leather where you want it. You can then use the cold iron to press down on the patch until it sticks. You can then release the iron and wait for the glue to dry. Just be careful to know exactly where you want to place the patch - before you lay it. Once the glue comes in contact with the leather, removing it could reveal an ugly stain.
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