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Iron On vs. Sew On Labels

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From sew on to iron on to ink transfers and beyond, many options are available when it comes to clothing labels. Here, we will look at the benefits of iron-on vs. sew-on labels to help you decide which to choose when buying custom clothing labels. Whether you own the clothes or you’re selling them in your shop, here is the basic information you need to know.

Iron-On Labels

These labels are perfect for those who don’t sew very well or for those who don’t have a lot of time to spare for sewing on their labels. Iron on labels can be quickly applied and are a lot more durable than they used to be. These labels are also very versatile and work well with most types of fabric.

  • The time and supplies required to attach iron-on labels is typically lower than those required for sew-in labels. While you do need to know how to iron safely, most people own an iron. Many people don’t own a sewing machine, however, and if they don’t, they may not have the time to sew in each label.
  • Iron-on labels are much easier than sew-in labels to attach to oddly shaped pieces of clothing, such as hats, ties or other pieces. They are also easier attach to thicker parts of garments, such as the cuffs or collars of dress shirts.
  • Since iron-on labels bond almost permanently with the cloth they are attached to, they will last through many washes without peeling off.

Sew-On Labels

These labels are quite versatile as well, and unlike iron on labels, sew-on labels can be used on any type of fabric. Where irons would burn silk, thread does not making these the only option for more delicate fabrics.

  • These labels can be attached to any type of cloth, no matter how delicate or heat sensitive it is. They can be easily taken off if your goal is to attach a less permanent label, or they can be kept for the lifespan of the garment since the thread won’t deteriorate unless you don’t tie it well.
  • These labels can be attached with great speed if you have access to a sewing machine and can be attached to almost any part of your garment, as long as you are familiar with how your machine works.

Iron-On Woven Labels

We also wanted to point out that if you’re looking for the professional look of sewn or woven labels and the convenience of iron on labels, you can have both at the same time. Woven labels are sewn or embroidered onto a label backing that can then be ironed on to your clothing. It’s the iron-on vs. sew on application method that’s being discussed in this blog post.

That said, you can choose between iron-on labels or sew-in labels for many different types of clothing. Moreover, except for knitted items and more delicate materials like thin silk scarves that require sewn tags, there isn’t always a clear-cut answer. The good news is that we offer high-quality labels for both application methods and an easy label-making tool for your custom label design.