Patch Process

These patches have been in development for over a year, and it's purely coincidental that their completion happened to align with the release of Lana's new patch jacket. They were first made for the Flashback Fashion week replica jacket I made. The jacket's launch was simply fortuitous timing, as I had finally figured out the perfect patch-making technique.

As with any new project, there was a learning curve involved. In the case of creating these patches, that curve was steeper than usual for me. I had no prior experience with embroidery machines or sublimation printing, and despite countless hours of online research and tutorial watching, I still faced multiple obstacles.

One of the biggest challenges I encountered should have been a non-issue: I struggled to get the colors to sublimate correctly. At first, I used Photoshop to design the patches and print them onto sublimation paper, but the colors came out wrong. I couldn't match the colors on my screen to those on the patches.

Eventually, I tried printing a color chart using Adobe Illustrator instead of Photoshop, and to my surprise, the colors came out perfectly. I later discovered that Photoshop was unintentionally messing up the color profiles, causing the patches' colors to differ from what I had intended. This breakthrough moment helped me immensely in my patch-making journey.

Another obstacle I faced was achieving clean and professional-looking patch edges. I experimented with various methods, including cutting them out with a hot knife, but none gave me the desired results. After a year of trial and error, I found that embroidering the patches onto clear plastic, rather than white stabilizer, yielded the clean, polished edges I sought. 

Throughout the entire patch-making process, I learned that persistence, patience, and a willingness to try new techniques are key. With dedication and the right approach, you can create patches that are unique and impressive, setting your store's products apart from the rest. I'm excited to offer these high-quality patches to my customers, and I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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