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Tips For Selecting The Best Thread To Sew On Labels

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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and sew-on labels are only as strong as the sewing thread used to attach them. Whether you’re sewing labels into clothing to mark your own fashion brand or simply because you want to make sure your child never loses his or her sweater at school, knowing which thread is best for the item of clothing as well as the label can mean the difference between a label that holds in place and one that comes off in the wash and is lost forever.

Sewing threads are available in a wide range of materials and thicknesses, and not all threads are right for all types of fabrics and all types of labels. A thread’s thickness usually is marked by a number. Although there are many numbering systems used in the sewing industry, typically the higher the number is, the thicker the thread will be. Sewing thread also comes in a variety of materials, such as cotton, polyester and silk.

You first instinct may be to look for a thread that matches the color of your garment and the label as closely as possible. Although color can be important if you want the stitching to be more or less invisible, there are other factors you should consider when choosing a thread. The wrong thread can unravel or even damage the garment over time.

How to Choose the Right Sewing Thread

Here are a few general tips to follow when choosing thread for a sew-on label:

  • Cotton threads work best for materials that have little or no stretch to them, but polyester threads are best for sewing labels onto materials that are stretchy. Polyester threads have some stretch, making them a better fit for fabrics that have a bit of give to them.
  • Choose a finer cotton or silk thread when sewing labels onto delicate woven fabrics such as those used in lingerie or sheer garments. Thicker or coarser threads can cause damage to these more delicate materials.
  • Double-check to make sure that the thread you want to use is suitable for sewing machines, if you’re planning on using one. Otherwise, sew the label by hand with a needle if the thread isn’t appropriate for a sewing machine.
  • Thicker, coarser materials require a thicker thread to ensure that the thread won’t unravel as the garment is put through its daily stresses.
  • The color of your thread is not as important, but it still should be a concern. If the exact shade of thread to match your garment is not available, try to find a thread that is a shade or two darker. Lighter shades of thread will make the stitching appear much more obvious and potentially harm the garment’s appearance.

No matter what reason you have for using sew-in labels in your garments, you want them to stay put. That means choosing the thread that not only looks best when used in the garment, but also works best with the particular fabric of the garment. The next time you purchase sew-on labels from It’s Mine! Labels, take a moment to think about the type of thread you’ll be using to attach them to your clothing. You don’t want the thread you choose to be the weakest link in your garments.

What Are The Best Clothing Labels?

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For families sending a loved one out into a group environment — whether it’s getting kids ready for school or helping an elderly family member adjust to an assisted living situation — one of the most important things they will need to do is make sure their loved ones’ belongings are properly identified. Here at It’s Mine! Labels, people are always asking us which types of clothing labels are best for these situations where they need to label individual items of clothing or personal belongings with the names of their loved ones. It’s a question we get a lot, and it’s one that we’re more than happy to answer.

The simple answer is that there’s no better place to find clothing labels for every need and situation than It’s Mine! Label – we have a suitable label or tag for virtually everything. Our personalized clothing tags and labels are the perfect choice for families, crafters and small businesses that need to add a personal touch to their clothing and belongings. We have a wide selection of sew-in labels, iron-on labels and other types of personalized clothing labels — all offered in an extensive array of colors, designs and icons to help customers find the precise match for whatever they need. Yet with so many types of labels to choose from, it can be difficult for families trying to select the right type of clothing label for their loved ones’ exact situation. For kids entering school, a colorful personalized label with a fun design might be desired, but for adults in senior living, a durable easy-to-read custom label would be more appropriate. If you’re in need of clothing labels but don’t quite know where to begin, here are some tips to help you make the most informed decision.

Choosing Clothing Labels for Kids

Kids can enter school with a lot of anxieties. They may be concerned about making friends, being separated from their families or getting good grades. Parents of kids entering school have a lot of anxieties, too. For example, they may be worried that their kids will come home from school with less of their belonging than they left the house with in the morning. Younger kids especially aren’t always good about keeping an eye on their belongings. In the fun and excitement of the school day, their valuable clothes, coats, backpacks and other essential belongings can be mixed up with their classmates’ things, and even left behind altogether. Having all of those items labeled can be a big help for getting those lost and misplaced items returned.

We generally recommend tagless labels or our smooth printed iron-on clothing labels for kids’ clothing and belongings because they’re easy to apply and many kids don’t like the feeling of a clothing tag on the backs of their necks. Our standard iron-on labels can be emblazoned with your child’s name, homeroom number or any other vital information you want. We also offer “fun” labels that feature a wide selection of colors or kid-friendly designs. For clothing that has a satin care tag, we have a small clothing label that simply sticks to this – and stays on in the wash! For other types of belongings, such as pencil cases and lunchboxes, It’s Mine! Labels also offers a wide variety of water proof stick-on clothing labels for school that are durable enough to stay on even when put through the dishwasher. Plus, these labels are still colorful and customizable to help your child express his or her identity.

Choosing Clothing Labels for Seniors

Helping an elderly family member transition to senior living can be difficult for many families, but it can help to know that your elderly loved one’s clothing and belongings are labeled with his or her name and other vital information. The nature of communal living means personal items can be mixed and confused easily. That’s why It’s Mine! Labels offers numerous types of clothing labels for seniors to help keep their belongings from being misplaced or lost.

For adult clothing, we recommend a label that is easy to read, but is tough enough for the nursing home laundry. Our trusted iron on printed labels are very popular, but our woven clothing labels can offer a more traditional feel for older customers. These embroidered labels are available as sew-in labels or iron-on labels, depending on your application preference. The iron on labels apply in seconds, but the sew-on labels can easily be removed if required. If you don’t know how to sew, you can take them to a seamstress or tailor to have them sewn into the clothing.

Your Best Source for Clothing Labels

At It’s Mine! Labels, we’re dedicated to providing the highest-quality clothing labels for a variety of applications. Our extensive selection of styles and customization options means you’re more than likely to find exactly what you want. Whether you have children entering school, elderly relatives transitioning to senior living or both, It’s Mine! Labels can help take away the worry of keeping their belongings from being lost or misplaced. Take a look around our website and find exactly what you’re looking for, no matter what you need. Our friendly staff members are also available to give advice over the telephone during office hours.

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A valuable family investment – labels for school!

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Most parents are aware that schools and day care centers require that clothing and other personal belongings be labeled clearly so that if they are lost or mislaid, they can be returned to their rightful owner.  And most parents and caregivers dread the chore of having to label everything that leaves the house!  We try to make it easy for families.

Using personalized clothing labels for kids can really help them avoid the anxiety of unintentional mix-ups, and most importantly ensure that valuable clothes, shoes, sports equipment and more come home at the end of the day.

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For most clothing, such as cotton shirts, pants, undershirts, etc. a smooth iron in label is ideal. They are discreet, but easy to spot inside clothing.  An iron on label is often considered a perfect solution as they are quick and easy to apply, and will stay on in aggressive laundry situations.

If certain items have a satin care label inside them (often found on a seam) a personalized stick on clothing label can be a wonderful choice.  These are simply pressed onto a care label and will stay on in the washing machine and dryer.

For sweaters, fleece and other items that do not have a smooth surface, a sew on label would be perfect.  Sew on labels can be produced with the students name embroidered onto it, giving a more elegant look to an item.  With a quick stitch in each corner of the label, these will also stay on in the laundry, and can be removed if necessary.

For lunch boxes, water bottles, sports equipment, and other items with a hard smooth surface, a waterproof stick on label works very well.  Again, with the students name clearly printed on the label, any misplaced items can easily be returned to the rightful owner.

If a family isn’t sure how many labels they will need, a durable laundry marker with some blank stick on and iron labels might be a good solution.

And for the family that would like their school- or college-age children to label their own belongings, our Snappy Tag system is very popular! Very easy and fun to use.

Make a small investment in personalized clothing labels (starting at $16), and your new valuable purchases will not end up in the Lost & Found bin.

For more advice on the best labeling solutions for students, please call our office at (866) 695-2235 and the staff will be delighted to assist you.

Pretty Labels for Knitted Items

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Adding a woven label to knitted items

If you love knitting, and give your finished pieces to family and friends, adding a pretty custom woven label can be a very thoughtful touch. Creating a label with your own choice of text, attractive lettering and background colors, and perhaps a sweet icon, is easy to do, and gives a final loving touch to the finished item.


Woven Sewing Labels for Handmade Items

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  • A woven sewing label is easy to apply.  Simply tuck under each end of the label and stitch down in each corner!
  • Think about what sentiment you would like to impart to the recipient.  “Made with love by Grandma”, “Prayerfully made for you”, “With love for you in every stitch”…the options are endless!
  • Text can be meaningful in other ways.  Sometimes items are given in memory of a loved one, and adding their name to the label ensures that their memory will live on.
  • Choose an icon that is significant to you.  A ball of yarn and needles is always popular, but an adorable lamb, a flower, an angel, can also be the perfect touch.
  • Choose an appropriately sized label for your needs.  If you are knitting baby sweaters, a narrow 3/8″ wide label could be ideal.  If you are knitting blankets, a label that is 1″ wide and can accommodate 3 lines of text, might suit your purposes better.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about our knitting labels, and we will be happy to offer some advice!

The It’s Mine! Team

When should you use blank labels and a laundry marker?

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Most people would agree that a custom clothing label is the best option for labeling personal belongings.  There is something very satisfying about seeing an attractive embroidered label, or clearly printed label, on valued items.  It just looks great!

However, after many years in the business of selling high quality personalized labels, even we have to admit that there are times when having a basic blank label and trusted marker to hand is very useful.

Reasons for using blank iron on labels or blank stick on labels with a laundry marker:

  • You may only need a few labels if you are going on a short trip, or going into short-term rehab facility.
  • You may want to sometimes label kids clothes with first and last names, or perhaps just a last name, or maybe just a nickname, depending on the occasion.
  • You may want to occasionally add a telephone number or e-mail address to a label, but not necessarily to all of them.
  • You may need to add a room number to a label (as required in a nursing home), but this room number may change at short notice.
  • You may decide to label sheets and duvet covers to make sorting laundry easier, but only need a few labels.
  • You may need to label residents clothing and belongings as soon as they arrive in your assisted living facility or nursing home.
  • You may want to date items, such as containers with left-over food.  (Our stick on blank labels are washer/freezer proof!)
  • You will want to label dishes and utensils for a potluck gathering.

The laundry marker is manufactured by the internationally respected company, edding, and is guaranteed to stay on in the laundry, dishwasher, microwave, and more.  The combination of this tough marker and our durable labels, makes this pack an essential asset for every household.

If you have any questions, as usual we are very happy to help in any way we can.

The It’s Mine! Team