The Tag-less Label Is The New Cool

Why have a piece of clothing tag scrape your neck all day when you can have custom heat transfer labels?

Let’s be honest. Doing things the same way every single time can be a bore. And why do you have to be boring when you can be happy and even achieve seemingly better results doing things the new way.

If you own a clothing business and you’d prefer to promote your brand without the usual garment tags or labels, I am happy to introduce you to heat transfer labels otherwise known as tagless labels.

What are tagless labels? What do they look like? Why should I go for them when there is the proven traditional garment tag model? These are probably the questions running in your mind. You’ll remain in the dark not for long as you’ll soon find answers to all these burning questions and more.

What are transfer heat labels?

Transfer heat labels are the newest evolution in the clothing labeling industry. It is revered as the most cost-effective and best alternative to traditional sewn-in labels. In this form of labelling, the text information, symbols and signs are directly printed on the garment. This is by far the easiest way for attaching a label to your cloth.

Why is transfer heat labels considered better?

Heat transfer labels are the ideal choice for athletic garments or as t-shirt neck labels. They won’t itch against the skin or cause any skin discomfort like the traditional garment tags. One other thing? Perhaps this is the reason why many clothiers love this labelling, it is easy to apply using a heat press or home iron. They stretch with fabric and are soft to the touch.

How to apply heat transfer labels

  • Set up your heat press or home iron the proper way: the temperature of either iron must be set between 302 and 320ºF (150-160ºC). If the temperature is not up to the minimum threshold, the label will not be transferred properly to the garment. Also if the temperature is above the maximum limit the vellum membrane will most likely melt away.

You must maintain the recommended temperature range for best experience. If you are using a common iron it is ill-advice to use steam, also ensure the iron dial is set between the wool and cotton setting.

  • Placing the label on the garment: These labels are usually transparent so all you have to do is place the label with the design upwards and with the adhesive membrane backwards. If the adhesive face is placed the wrong way it can stick onto the press and it will be hard to remove it.
  • How long should the pressing last: for the common iron, the ideal time is between 8 and 12 seconds. For heat press 8 seconds is the ideal time.
  • Peeling: Heat transfer labels are of two kinds: hot peel and cold peel; the hot peel ones must be peeled right before pressing without delay while the cold peel ones require you to wait until the heat transfer label cools down again.