Iron-On or Sew-In Fabric Labels – Which is the Right for You?

by on February 12th, 2011
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If you are a fashion designer or if you create handmade clothing or accessories, woven clothing labels can make your garment unique. They add color, style, make a fashion statement, and truly make the garment yours. Custom fabric labels can be a method of advertising your product line or a way to add uniqueness to a garment.

Depending on how they’re attached to the garment, the more popular types of clothing labels are Sew-in labels and Iron-on labels.

Each type of label has its advantages and disadvantages. One thing that applies to both is the concept of copyright. A copyright protects the use of a logo, name, or other piece of artwork or graphic work from public use without the permission of the owner.

You cannot mass produce labels like I-Zod or Intel’s Logo and sell them. A copyright usually expires after 75 years unless renewed. This allows you to use all the photographs from Wikipedia and other sites that are designated as free for public use to create labels that are historical person, contain unique animal pictures, or art that is over 75 years old.

Below some important characteristics of iron on labels and sew in labels that you need to consider to decide which type of label is right for you.

Iron on Clothing Labels

You have to know how to use an iron safely. A regular ironing board or any hard surface with a thick towel on top will work for applying iron on labels. You can buy pre-made stock labels at craft stores or on the internet or what would be even better you can have your own custom labels made on iron on transfer material by companies dedicated to this kind of work. Iron on labels are easy to apply and ideal for people who cannot sew or do not have access to a sewing machine. You cannot use iron on labels with all fabrics. The temperature that is required may be too hot for some delicate fabrics. For instance, attempting to iron a label onto satin will burn the satin. Iron on labels are ideal for application to odd shaped garments. You can easily apply an iron on label to hats, ties, around pockets, on cuffs, and on the hems of most garments. Iron on labels are durable but a garment that gets washed frequently might cause the label to peel off.

Sew In Labels

You have to know how to use a sewing machine or how to sew a label in by hand to use sew in labels. Sew in labels can be applied to any fabric and what is probably their main advantage, sew in labels are absolutely permanent. They will last a long time without peeling off. Sew in labels can be applied to just about any part of a garment if you are a knowledgeable and experienced seamstress or sewing machine operator


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