INSTRUCTIONS FOR IRONING ON PATCHES
Iron-on patches have a thermally sensitive glue backing which melts into fabric and hardens while remaining flexible upon cooling. This method of application is not permanent. However, it will endure 10-20 washings or more depending on a variety of factors including the materials and wear & tear. Ideally, garments bearing iron-on patches should be washed and dried with low heat. Also, the patches are laser cut with 3mm stitched borders which makes them ideal for sewing to the garment for a permanent application.
IRONING ON THE PATCH
1. PREPARATION – Place the fabric on a flat space which can withstand a temperature of 400F without adverse effects. An ironing board is ideal. Set your iron for “Cotton” and wait for it to reach it full operating temperature.
2. TEST THE FABRIC – When the iron is fully heated, test the fabric for durability by pressing just the tip of the iron on a small unimportant portion of the fabric and holding it there for about 20 seconds. If there is no damage to the fabric, you are ready to apply the patch. Some fabrics are not well suited to iron on patches. Patches should be sewn on, not ironed on, delicate silks, heavy wool, fabrics with a nap, temperature sensitive synthetic fibers and plastic coated fabrics.
3. IRONING ON THE PATCH – Make sure the fabric is clean. Lay out the portion of the fabric on which the patch is to be applied and iron it to ensure there are no wrinkles and it is perfectly flat. Next, place the patch in the precise location and orientation you wish it to be permanently. Lay a piece of thin cotton cloth, parchment paper, or ironing paper over the patch to provide some insulation from the face of the iron. Then, with no steam, press the iron firmly straight down such that it completely covers the patch and hold it there for 30 seconds while not moving the iron. Let the patch cool before moving the fabric.
4. CHECKING YOUR WORK – Once the fabric has cooled, check the patch adherence by gently folding the fabric in a variety of ways while ensuring the corners of the patch remain securely attached. If you do have portions which are not secure, repeat the process while pushing the iron down with slightly greater force on the troublesome areas.