Custom Patches

Why Embroidered Patches in Tacoma are Happy Times

Patches in Tacoma Are Economical

Ketchikan Alaska Fire EMS Rescue Embroidered Patch with a seaplane
Ketchikan Fire Departmant

Embroidered patches in Tacoma are inexpensive and can be applied to different apparel styles. The most popular is the embroidered patch cap.

Elmer Fudd caps

When we started Northwest Custom Apparel in 1977 on Jefferson Street in Tacoma. Northwest’s mission is to manufacturer embroidered patches and sews them to caps. When we opened in 1977, there weren’t didn’t a lot of different styles to choose from the cap we primarily sold was high crown foam-lined caps. We called it our “Elmer Fudd” cap.

We sold a lot of caps in those days because heavy equipment, fertilizer, and construction companies realized this was an excellent way to promote their product.  Their market did not read trade publications. Think how many Cat caps are out there.

Tacoma Patch Caps are Collectibles

It has been shown that at least 4,000 eyeballs will see a logo cap before it makes its way to the closet. Logo caps end up as collectibles.

Embroidered patches are starting to make their comeback.

Their popularity waned around the 1990s because direct embroidery on caps became more popular. Northwest invested in cap embroidery machines to meet this new demand. Patch caps took a hiatus for about 20 years until they started to make their comeback.

What is popular now is the trucker cap. The trucker cap is the old “Elmer Fudd” cap we sold in Tacoma in the early ’80s. The decoration on the cap is now a nice clean embroidered patch or a printed patch. The printed patch will allow more detail into the design, which is an excellent alternative when someone wants it fast and loaded with detail. NW Custom Apparel can manufacture printed patches and deliver them within 72 hours.

Other Embroidered Patch Options

Mason County Fire Department Serves Tacoma, WA
Mason County Fire Patch

Another patch option we offer is to back them with a heat seal. This way, it is not necessary to sew the patch on the caps. We use a heat seal machine, and the application is very vast.

Another exciting way to apply patches to caps is to apply Velcro or hook and loop backing. JBLM in Tacoma requires their patches to be hook and loop because if they are in combat, they can remove their insignia before going into battle.

We use hook and loop because Velcro is licensed and patent protected.

Patch Minium Order is 100

Northwest Custom Apparel’s minimum patch order is 100 patches. Unfortunately, due to the increased operating costs, we can’t afford to manufacture less than 100. The average price for a patch in 2023 is $4.00 with a one-time setup fee of $150.00. Please call for current pricing at 253-922-5793


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

Related Posts