We offer two types of borders for custom embroidered patches: Merrow, and Hot Cut. A Merrow border is referred to as a traditional border. It features a heavily stitched beveled appearance which is applied after the sewing of your patches. A Hot cut border is a thin border that is usually cut out in the shape of your design. Hot cut borders are more ideal for complex custom shapes, whereas merrow borders are more suited for basic shapes such as circles, ovals and squares. Please see the examples below for a detailed look at both Merrow and Hot Cut borders.