Christina Lu

Christina Lu

Overseas Sales Director and Co-Founder of KASU Laser, 12+ Years Textile and Fabric Laser Cutting Machine Expert.

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How To Laser Cut Patches, Labels, And Appliques?

Do you know that you can use Co2 laser cutter to cut fabric materials, including patches, labels, and appliques?

Yes, laser cutters are very versatile, which is why many textile companies have adopted them as their primary cutting tool.

What’s more? These laser cutters are famous for their versatility, but they are known as one of today’s most precise and accurate cutting tools.

This article features a Co2 laser cutter’s qualities that make it the ideal cutting tool while also highlighting how to work on patches, labels, and appliques.

Enjoy the read.

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Meaning And Application Of Patches, Labels, And Appliques

✮ Patches

A patch is a fabric material that covers a hole or a damaged area in fabrics to prevent further damage. A patch can also be used for branding and decoration purposes. 

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Embroidery Patches
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Sublimated Patches

✮ Labels

A label is the part of the garment that shows various information about the fabric and instructions on using it.

The label carries essential information like the brand name, logo design, company information, cloth size, price tag, and composition.

It may also carry essential instructions like how to wash and care for the fabric.

These labels are often made of polyester materials or other fabric materials.

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Woven Labels
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Printed Labels

✮ Appliques

Applique is a piece of needlework attached to a fabric material as design.

The applique also comes in different shapes or sizes, and they are either sewn onto the material or pasted using the hot pressing iron method.

Appliques are first prepared using hand needles or industrial machines before they are attached to any garment.

Appliques are recognized and used worldwide for decorating different fronts, mainly ranging from clothes to banners and display materials.

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Embroidery Appliques
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Printed Appliques

✮ Ways to attach to materials and surfaces

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Sewn
Iron on (self-adhesive)-Ways to attach patches labels and appliques - KASU Laser Cutter
Iron on (self-adhesive)
Velcro (hook and loop)-Ways to attach patches labels and appliques - KASU Laser Cutter
Velcro (hook and loop)
Safety Pin-Ways to attach patches labels and appliques - KASU Laser Cutter
Safety pin

General Manual Cutting Methods

These materials used in fabrics making are specially prepared before they are attached to the fabric.

The preparation process involves several modifications like cutting, and here are the standard general cutting methods used.  

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Scissors

The scissors is an instrument that consists of two blades attached, and it is used for cutting materials. The scissors can also be used to cut patches, labels, and appliques.

They are similar to manual scissors, but they are electric-powered, which means they are a lot faster and more efficient.

Electric Scissors- General Cutting Methods Cutting Applique patches and label-KASU LASER CUTTER
Electric scissors
KASU KX Series CCD Manual Cutting Hot Iron
Handheld iron cutter

The handheld iron cutter is a handheld cutting tool often used for cutting metals. But some fabric industries use it for cutting out patches and appliques.

A die-cutting machine is a device used for cutting materials like papers and specific fabric materials. The die-cutting machine sometimes also cuts patches. 

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Die cutting machine

Co2 Laser Cutter

The Co2 laser cutter cutting patches, labels, and appliques has become one of the most popular cutting tools for mass production.

It is a favorite for many reasons, including its precision and accuracy and the speed with which it cuts.

The laser cutter is a superior cutting tool compared to other above-mentioned cutting devices, and the versatility of this tool increases its appeal further.

Laser cutters can also leave a sublime finish afterward due to their hot cutting process.

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Co2 Laser Cutter

How To Laser Cut Labels, Patches, And Appliques

No matter how the patches, labels, and appliques are made, they all have some graphic design and need to be cut along specific contour outlines into designed shapes. 

So adding a camera to the laser cutter is necessary, and with the assistance of the CCD camera software, the Co2 laser cutter can automatically cut off the patterns. 

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✮ Camera types

KASU LASER KX Series CCD Detection Mode Mark Points
Small CCD Camera
KASU Top Camera Laser's Application in Screen Printing Client Factory
Top Canon Camera

✮ Recommended laser cutter sizes

Depending on the width of the raw material, we recommend the machine width be a little bit bigger.

The most popular applique laser cutting models of the laser cutter with camera are:

1000mm*800mm (40in*30in), 1000mm*1200mm(40in*48in), 1300mm*900mm(50in*35in), 1600mm*1400mm(63in*55in). 

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1000mm*800mm (40in*30in)
1000by1200mm-recommended applique laser cutter machine size-KASU LASER CUTTER
1000mm*1200mm(40in*48in)
1300by900mm-recommended applique laser cutter machine size-KASU LASER CUTTER
1300mm*900mm(50in*35in)
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1600mm*1400mm(63in*55in)

✮ Suggested laser tube power

Some top China-made Co2 glass tubes are with long-lasting working hours as well as high cutting speed. 

Our clients’ experience shows that a 100w Co2 laser is highly recommended to handle most of the patches’ perfect cutting.

This laser power is an outstanding balance between cutting speed and cutting edge quality.

One 100w glass tube generally can last for one to two years with ten working hours per day.

Finally, and most importantly, the about 350USD price of one tube is genuinely affordable, which makes the maintenance fee of the 100w laser cutter super cheap.

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✮ Optional laser working table

KASU LASER K Series LASER CUTTING MACHINE HONEYCOMB TABLE
Honeycomb Table - Fixed
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Conveyor Table - Auto Feeding

✮ Numbers of laser heads

KASU LASER SINGLE HEAD SINGLE GUIDE RAIL
Single Head
KASU LASER KX Series CCD KX-F2 Dual Heads Dual Beams
Double Heads

Main Types of Patches, Labels, And Appliques Cut By Laser Cutter

✮ Embroidered patches and badges

Also known as a cloth badge, an embroidered patch is made with fabric and thread sewn in with a needle.

Embroidered patch making is an old tradition initially done by hand, but the embroidery machine and CCD laser cutting machines have made the process much faster and automatic.

CCD laser cutting machines also produce better-finished embroidered patches.

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✮ Embroidery appliques

Embroidery appliques generally use computerized machines to realize massive production.

It is widely used as decorative accessories in fashion apparel, wedding dress, lady dress, costumes, jeans pants, hats, etc.

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✮ Lace appliques

Lace sewing appliques are decorative motifs that are usually sewn to existing fabric materials with a matching decorative lace pattern or lace trim.

The contour edge can be auto-detected by the KASU self-owned top camera software.

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✮ Plush appliques

Plush appliques are mostly used in plush toys and products.

The computerized embroidery machine can make plush appliques with multi heads in the roll-to-roll plush fabric.

After embroidery, CCD laser cutting machines will automatically detect the pattern graphic features and cut the appliques off alongside the contour.

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✮ Plain appliques and patchwork patterns

Plain appliques are used in the patchwork embroidery.

One piece of applique is put above another fabric and sewed together by the embroidery machine.

As the sewing paths are all set by the embroidery machine, the above applique size needs to be exactly the same to lower the embroidery defection ratio.

Co2 laser cutter is just the right tool to do the cutting job perfectly.

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✮ Woven labels and badges

If you are looking for items to brand your products, we will suggest labels for clothing accessories and apparel.

Woven labels and badges are made of 100% polyester threads woven together to create your text or designed graphics into a piece of material.

Compared with manual cutting with hot iron wire or scissors, one set of label laser cutting machines can replace at least ten cutting workers with much better quality.

It can also deal with any complicated design.

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✮ Screen printed labels and appliques

Just as the name indicates, screen-printed labels and appliques are with your design screen printed into your material instead of woven or embroidered.

You can choose from satin, cotton, poly satin, poly-cotton, vinyl, plastic, or leather materials.

Like woven labels, the laser cutter with camera can produce the best screen printed labels.

Laser-cut printed labels have been tagged as the best type of printed labels on many occasions, and it is because of the excellent edge results the laser cutter produces.

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✮ Dye sublimated labels and appliques

If you seek excellent colors, creativity, and clarity for your customized labels, then you should not miss out on dye sublimation labels and appliques.

The dye sublimation printing method is ideal for labels, and yes, the CCD camera laser cutting machine is the right tool for this auto cutting task.

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✮ RFID washable labels and tags

An RFID label is also called a smart label because it comes in handy when tracking products.

And RFID washable label is washable and can be direct ironing and sewing.

They are often made of polyester fabric as surface materials and the metal circuit in the middle.

The tags are mainly used for hotel laundry, clothing factory, and medical logistics laundry, etc.

The metal wire inside can not be easily cut off by scissors, making the CCD laser an ideal cutting tool.

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✮ Leather patches and labels

Leather patches are patches made with leather materials.

They are common in the fabric industry, and you can find them on most jean jackets and trousers.

The manufacturing process of these leather patches and labels involves extensive use of laser cutters, which are used to apply the most classic of finishes.

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✮ Digital printed vinyl labels

Digital printed vinyl with adhesive white ink can be heat transferred to most of the fabric materials, which makes garment customization super easy and low cost.

Any design, any shape.

And ccd camera laser cutting machine can cut the vinyl without any yellow edge.

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✮ Wood labels and hangtags

Is it possible to engrave characters and designs on wooden materials?

Yes. The introduction of co2 laser cutter has provided the option of engraving write-ups on wood as well as cutting off the wood, making the perfect labels from wooden materials.

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✮ Acrylic labels

Acrylic labels are known for their quality and longevity.

These materials show great finishes when worked upon, and laser cutters are ideal for the job.

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✮ Hang tags

Hang tags are labels that are temporarily attached to garments with a cord.

They can be made from different materials, including paper, leather, vinyl, and composite materials.

Except for the paper hangtags, one common feature shared with other types of labels is that they appear best when a laser cutter is used to produce them.

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Advantages Of Laser Cut Appliques, Patches, And Labels

When a laser cutter is used to cut labels and patches, the products are always unique afterward and different from other cutting methods.

Here are the key advantages of cutting patches, labels, and appliques with a Co2 laser cutter.

  • The laser cutter gives your materials a stand-out finish that screams brilliant when seen even from a distance.
  • The laser cutter has no boundaries when cutting. You can design at your wish. It can cut any shape or size, giving your product added detail that makes it unique.

You can use just one set of laser cutter on about every type of materials.

It can also be used to provide a variety of designs for your labels and appliques, both woven, printed, and much more.

Types Of Patches And Labels Co2 Laser Cutter Can Not Cut

A laser cutter is an impressive tool, but it has certain limits to what it can cut, including some patches and labels. Here is a list of some patches and labels that lasers are not ideal for.

✮ 0mm edged embroidered patches

Due to the current ccd camera vision technology limitation, the software still cannot 100% adjust the distortion of the embroidery patches.

To avoid breaking off the embroidery thread, if only 0mm edge is allowed, the laser cutter is not recommended for cutting such patches.

The patch may require a handheld iron cutter instead.

0mm Edged Embroidery Patches - Types Of Patches And Labels Co2 Laser Cutter Can Not Cut - KASU LASER CUTTER

✮ PVC patches

PVC patches are not so popular today. Suggestions are that fabric industries avoid them because Co2 lasers are not ideal for cutting them. When a laser cutter is used to cut PVC patches, they tend to develop unwanted black edges afterward.

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✮ Paper hangtags

When using co2 laser cutter cutting paper, it is easy to leave some yellow marks and edges, which is not good for the appearance.

Paper Hangtag - Types Of Patches And Labels Co2 Laser Cutter Can Not Cut - KASU LASER CUTTER

✮ Metal labels

Although a fiber laser cutter may be efficient for this task, Co2 lasers may not be the ideal cutting tool.

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7 Comments

  1. Laser cutting is an excellent way to cut metal since it gives precise material cutting. As you said, lasers’ pinpoint accuracy allows them to cut pieces from various materials with unprecedented precision. They cut metal, glass, wood, plastic, gemstones, and other materials.

    1. Hi, Marie, and yes, laser cutter is a very versatile cutting tool for many different materials. And for different materials, you will need to use different laser sources to get the best performance. Fiber laser can do a great job for metal materials and Co2 laser can meet most non-metal materials’ cutting needs. Very glad to hear back from you.

      Regards, Christina

  2. Metal may be cut with precision using a laser, which is a great method. As you mentioned, lasers’ unmatched precision allows them to cut parts from a variety of materials. They cut many materials, including metal, glass, wood, plastic, and gemstones. When I require such a service, I’ll keep this in mind. Thanks for this!

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