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By Wunderlabel on 07/08/2024

Where to Put Iron On Clothing Label

Where to Put Iron-On Clothing Labels?

Where you put iron-on clothing labels to garments depends on the type of fabric, the material, and the purpose of the labels.  Typical locations include the inside neckline, front, and hem. Proper placement will ensure that the labels are clearly visible and will last with frequent washing, drying and wear. First, let's start by finding out which industries use iron-on labels.

What Industries Use Iron On Labels? 

Iron on labels are used in a wide variety of industries and applications. From marking school apparel to hospital linen. Their history dates back to the mid-20th century when they were first developed. Originally, they were used to facilitate organization and personalization in large companies. 

Today, they are available in many shapes, materials, and uses. The main types include iron on textile labels, "Direct-To-Film" transfer labels and polyurethane name labels.

Iron-on Fabric Labels

Textile labels are indispensable in the fashion industry for attaching care instructions, size information and brand logos. In retail, they provide customers with important product information. Hotels and restaurants use them to identify linens, towels, and uniforms. Labels with logos and contact information, for example, make it easier to manage and keep track of everything. They also play an important role in work wear. Companies can label their staff attire with company logos or the name of a key employee. Iron-on fabric labels are also convenient for crafters because they can be quickly put on to personalize handmade items with a logo, lettering, or symbol. The weave makes them especially durable.

DTF Neck Labels & Name Tags

These labels and name tags are very popular in the sports and leisure sector. They are widely used in the print-on-demand business. 

Transfer labels ironed onto the back of the collar are the faster alternative to textile size and care labels. 
Consumers design and purchase colorful DTF name labels to identify children's clothing for kindergarten or school.
Sports clubs use them to customize team apparel and equipment with player numbers or team logos for easy identification and a sense of community. They can also be used to personalize promotional items or gifts for guests.

PU Name Labels

Polyurethane (PU) iron-on name tags are durable and tough. They are ideal for distinguishing personal items from others. They are used for child's clothing in kindergartens, schools, summer camps or boarding schools. They make it possible to keep children's items separate and avoid confusion. In nursing homes and hospitals, iron-on labels help improve organization and hygiene by identifying the personal garments of residents and patients. They are also used in the workwear industry to personalize work clothes and protective suits, making them easier to identify. In the military and emergency services, name tags are also useful for identifying and managing equipment and uniforms. But the little labels can also be a real help in the home, marking family members' clothes and towels so there is no confusion when they are washed. 

Where Can You Put Iron-on Labels?

Iron-on labels can be put to almost any textile surface. Common places to put them to garments include

  • In the neck of a shirt: This position is ideal for care instructions and sizing information that is easily accessible yet discreet.

  • On the hem or cuffs: This is a particularly popular location for customized markings on sportswear and workwear.

  • On the front of the T-shirt: Customized, full-color transfer name patches are especially popular for children's apparel to creatively display the child's name.

They are also used on home textiles such as bedding, towels and tablecloths. The iron on labels are easy to apply: The label is placed on the desired area, covered with baking paper and fixed with a hot iron. After cooling, the label adheres firmly to the fabric.

All in all, iron-on labels offer a practical and quick solution for marking and personalizing textiles in various industries. Whether in the home, fashion, sports or healthcare, the applications are almost limitless.

Tips for Applying Iron-on Clothing Labels

In the production of iron-on cothing labels, we use various technologies. Therefore, it is important to follow the application instructions for each type of label.

Keep in mind that you need be able to set your iron to a hot enough temperature to be able to apply the labels. Stretch, waterproof and some synthetic materials are likely not suitable while things like cotton t-shirts and totes provide the perfect base. We advise performing a test on a piece of scrap fabric starting with a medium heat / wool setting (2 dots) and no steam. Don't forget to cover the label with a parchment square or a thin cloth and to iron slowly. Firmly press for at least 10 -15 seconds to activate the glue. Leave the garment and label to cool to room temperature. If the label doesn't stick or peels at the edges, it is likely because the iron is not hot enough. Simply reapply the same label, adjust the temperature and the ironing time. Try the hottest setting / cotton setting (3 dots) and iron 15-20 seconds.  Check if the fabric has been damaged by the heat and let the adhesive cure for 24 hours. Please follow these directions carefully! Try these easy to put labels and save yourself hours of sewing.