When it comes to ease of use, iron on patches probably occupy the top of the list. Iron on backing is also the most favored patch backing. But, understand that the iron on patch is not suitable for all kinds of fabric. It is best to attach the iron on patch to cotton and denim. You should avoid attaching the iron on patch to vinyl, leather, spandex, nylon, or polyester.
Most manufacturers of different patches recommend iron on backing because it is easy and convenient to use. You don’t need to sew it onto the fabric to make it stay, although it is only good up to 80 washings. It is advisable to attach it on something that doesn’t need frequent washing.
The heat reactive adhesive glue on the iron on patches makes it possible for the iron on patch to attach onto the fabric without using needle and thread. The adhesive on the patch backing is activated once the heat from the clothes iron is transferred on the patch. The reaction is responsible for making the patch cling onto the piece of fabric where you iron on the patch.
Ironing the Patch
You need to prepare your trustworthy clothes iron, washcloth or towel, and ironing board when attaching your iron on patch. Use a sturdy, flat ironing board when attaching the patch while being careful to attach the patch evenly. It is also recommended not to use the hot iron if there are children nearby. They might accidentally touch the hot iron that could lead to injuries.
Get the shirt or garment that you need to attach your patch on. Take note of the kinds of fabric that you are not allowed to use for iron on patches. It is also important to make sure that the fabric is clean. It is better if the fabric or garment where you will attach the iron on patch is freshly washed and properly dried. It is also important that the fabric is wrinkle-free before attaching the patch. The patch might not properly cling onto the cloth if the surface is not smooth. It is also possible that it might crumple or crease at one corner when you begin applying the heat using your clothes iron.
Strictly follow the suggested heat setting of your clothes iron according to the kind of fabric where you need to attach the iron on patch. If you have a cotton fabric, then the heat setting of your iron must be suitable for cotton fabric. If you follow the correct setting, then you don’t need to worry about burning or damaging your garment.
You can iron your garment first to make sure that the spot where you need to attach one of the iron on patches is smooth and wrinkle-free. Iron on the patch once you have the right heat setting. Apply the heat on the patch for ten seconds. Make sure to attach the patch properly onto the garment or fabric.
Cover your patch with a towel. Place your flat iron on the towel and iron it in circular motion for a maximum of 90 seconds. After that, lift the towel and check if the patch is attached correctly.
In case the patch failed to cling on the fabric, you need to re-do everything with a new patch. You can no longer attach the used iron on patch, but you can try sewing it onto the fabric. For the second time, make sure to follow the process of attaching carefully. If you finally attached the patch, then go to the next step.
Turn your fabric and iron the patch on the reverse side of the fabric. Iron it in a circular motion for 30 seconds; you don’t need to put a towel over it.
Let the patch to cool. Test if the patch won’t fall off by wearing the shirt and do all sorts of movement.
When washing the cloth where you put the patch on, do not wring the cloth so hard. It is advisable to hand wash all your shirts with iron on patches to protect them better.
It is best to attach the iron on patches to cotton and denim