Sewing labels are much more traditional than iron-on labels or stick-on labels, and tend to have a more nostalgic, hand-made feel to them, than these other labels. While they aren’t ideal for every garment, they are perfect in many situations. Here are several situations where sew-on clothing labels are the best choice for your clothes or handmade textile projects:
- Sew-on labels are the only choice when it comes to delicate, expensive fabrics like silk or satin. Irons would damage these fabrics, and stick-on labels tend to look tacky when put on pricey fabrics like these. Make sure you use a thinner needle and a thread that matches the fabric you are attaching your clothing label to.
- Sew-on labels are also ideal for homemade knitted items, whether you are selling them in your shop, or giving them to your loved ones. Since they have a more handmade feel because they are attached with thread, they keep the feel of your garment.
- Sewing labels are ideal for situations where you want to be able to easily remove the label at a later point without damaging the cloth. Iron-on labels are manufactured to be permanent, and, thus, don’t come off of your garments easily once they have been attached. Stick-on labels will come off, but they may leave a sticky residue or cause the fabric to fade and wear in a weird pattern around them, if you aren’t careful.