It's probably hard to go a day without seeing a few custom patches. Members of motorcycle clubs, scouts and scouts, police, security guards, bass masters and soldiers all use custom embroidered patches to make a statement.

A custom patch can identify the member of a particular group or show that the wearer has reached an important milestone or achievement. For this reason, most clubs and organizations put a lot of thought into the design and production of new patches.

The key to creating a successful custom patch is to work with an experienced graphic designer to develop a unique design. Using the graphics of an experienced patch vendor, custom patches can be easily digitized from an existing logo or created from a drawing of a brand new design. The higher the quality of the embroidery, the better the embroidered patches will stand out. The best patch providers offer free illustrations / setups and a digitized sewer system that allows the person ordering the patch to see how the design looks sewn. Embroidered patches were originally used in the branches of the military to identify members of specific units and rank. Military units still use them for this purpose as well as for popular "moral" spots that soldiers design with the friends in their unit. Other organizations, such as law enforcement and firefighters operating with a military-style organizational structure, also have a fine patch tradition.

Professional organizations and companies can use custom patches to promote the company or identify past and future employees. Popular bands on tour are discovering that custom patches are becoming much prized things that fans can carry and collect.

Scout organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and the like also rely on custom patches to demonstrate mastery of specific skills, rank and completion of projects. Merit badges and custom patches are awarded to those who embody the spirit of the organizations' ideals. In recent years, some council patches and the order of the willow patches have become in high demand by collectors. These patches are searched on "Trade-o-Rees" and patch conventions and can be sold for thousands of dollars on sites like eBay.

Custom embroidered patches also enjoy a long history of motorcycle clubs. While three-piece biker patches have become the most infamous, many cyclists may also like to have small custom patches on their jackets or vests. These can represent anything from a memorial to a fallen motorcycle to a statement of one's faith to a humorous message.

Custom patches make a strong statement about identity. Organizations, clubs and individuals should not rely on any patch provider with them. Spend some time and effort finding the one that has been running for over thirty years and has the licenses and proven success.

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Custom embroidered patches are ubiquitous