Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Choosing the Best Label Type For Your Products
We talked about clothing label types in our last article. They included Woven, Printed, Embroidered, Leather, Rubber/ PVC, Heat transfer, and Hang tags. So with all of these choices, let’s look at how to make it easier to choose which one would be best for your garments or products.  While reading and choosing your label type, keep in mind the following key points: you must consider your item’s level of quality, design, fabric or material, how the label will be attached to your product, and, of course, your budget.
Woven Labels
Woven labels are made as one, seamless piece on a loom.  Woven labels are high quality, durable labels which can be used on most any item.  They are especially suitable for everyday or higher quality products as the finished label looks very professional. The fabric options used for woven labels are typically damask, semi-damask, taffeta, and satin.
  • Damask - This is a High Density material label. Ours is 80 den
    For a good finish, smoothness, and high quality this label is Highly Recommended.
  • Semi-Damask - This is also good quality label, but a bit thinner than Damask
  • Satin - This label has a shiny finish, the weave is not as tight and details are not clear legibility as the Damask.
  • Taffeta - This label has a Flat Finish. This is of lower quality compared to the woven.

Printed Labels
If you recall, printed labels have the information printed directly onto the label. These labels can be thermally or digitally printed on cotton or satin. There are also TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) clothing labels which are a transparent, soft plastic feel. These have a unique look and feel and are widely used for swimwear throughout the industry.
However, because it is simply printed onto the material, the information will not be as durable as a custom woven and may fade with regular use.  TPU labels will provide a little more durability than a satin printed label. If your garment or product is “made to last” then you want a label that will last just as long and printed labels are not recommended as the best option.   
Printed garment labels are usually used with “fast fashion”

Embroidered labels are not commonly used on fashion items.
You find these being offered on the web site as a  cheaper label options mostly for Grandma’s that are doing items for the family and don’t require high quality woven labels.

Embroidery is what is used for making patches.

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