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In the medieval times badges were popularly worn as jewellery, and they soon developed to be a necessity for officials and servants. By the 19th century a badge became an essential part of most uniforms, whether it was for school, work or society.   People need a visible sign to show that they are involved or associated with a team. Badges could be metal, paper or fabric, and Golden Finishes Europe has been mostly concerned with the latter. We started badge making in 1989, and we are now one of the largest UK badge makers, creating all kinds of textile badges - embroidered, printed, blank (ready to be printed), and woven badges.

There was a time when embroidery was perceived as an art form, but now with advanced digital technology, you have the choice of customizing the badges to be exactly what you want at a reasonable cost.  Embroidered badges are suitable for everyone. They can be promotional to advertise a business, unique for social or sporting clubs, or smart for school and work uniforms. The list is endless. These days marketing is all about brand awareness.   Embroidery has been noted to give a better effect in publicity photographs and it lasts longer. Embroidery goes on top of the fabric with a needle and thread, which modern machines process efficiently. The badges can therefore be a cost effective way of leaving a lasting, positive impression.

Badges are also associated with pride in belonging, and this is true for all sports clubs and associations. Every team or club needs an identifiable logo so that they can stand out from all the rest.  Not only are embroidered badges used as the perfect way to promote and highlight your group, but they can also be a great way to reward achievement and make members feel that extra bit special. Badges can be sewn; velcro or ironed on (with textile adhesive attached) to most materials. 




What is the difference between embroidered badges and woven badges?

Woven badges are made from warp and weft threads to create the design within the fabric. You can produce high quantities with woven badges. Because of the weave, very fine detail can be achieved. Embroidery is done with needle and threads onto made fabric. Nowadays we use machines and computers to produce both embroidered and woven badges. Print uses inks and dyes in production. Whether it is screen printing or sublimation, images can be produced and each system has advantages and disadvantages. The new technology allows us to produce photographic quality and full colour which are long lasting and good for washing. It all comes down to personal choice.

Embroidered and printed badges have a similar cost and are suitable for everyone. They have different styles and appearances which you can customize to your own enjoyment, so it all depends on what exactly you are looking for. No matter which one you pick, you can guarantee that GF Europe will provide you with high-quality badges that you can keep forever!!