Different patch designs require different percentages of embroidery coverage to achieve accurate details. More detailed designs require more embroidery, and simple designs, like sayings and basic text patches, require minimal amounts of embroidery. Embroidery coverage is broken down into 3 general categories.
Simple designs, basic text patches & sayings patches
At least 50% or more of the twill background material is visible, less than 50% consists of embroidery
Lowest cost, however not all designs can contain this little amount of stitching.
Most common embroidery method used
50% or more of the patch contains embroidery, less that 50% of the twill background is visible
Low to average cost, most designs can use this amount of embroidery.
Highest quality patch with the greatest amount of embroidery available
100% of the patch is embroidered, there should be very little to no twill background visible
Highest cost, provides most detail and accuracy. More intricate designs will require 100% embroidery.
While this is not the end all in the embroidery industry and every design is different, it will give you a general idea of patches.
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