Iron-on labels are a great way to mark your finished sewing projects easily and attractively, whether you make clothing, bags, or other products. They can be inserted after an object is finished, unlike stitch-in tags. There are so many appealing custom label choices today that they can easily be a feature of design rather than just a branding opportunity. It is necessary to apply them properly to make sure that they are long-lasting and durable. Check out these tips for your iron-on labels to get the perfect finish.
Use A High-quality Label
Although there are several labels available on the market, a high-quality label is both simple to apply and provides a solid, long-lasting bond with the fabric. Versions that are machine washable and dryable are readily available. Wherever possible, opt for a smooth, woven label in clothing, as these are most comfortable and can bend and flex with the clothing movement. It is also possible to customize quality labels to include your brand name and logo, and your finished product care details.
Use High Heat
To find the optimum heat environment, you can need to experiment with your label and cloth, particularly because different types of iron have distinct capabilities. For cotton fabrics, begin by setting your iron. Use a higher setting, or keep the iron in place longer if the label does not stick well. Adjust the iron to a slightly cooler environment if it hurts your test fabric. Do not attempt to increase the heat to more easily lock the label in place. To trigger the adhesive, it requires a minimum of 10-20 seconds of heat, so increasing the heat would just risk harming your fabric.
Turn Off The Steam
To set the adhesive on iron-on labels, dry heat is best. Steam can create temperature fluctuation pockets, triggering an uneven bond. It can also cause fibers to shrink and compress, bringing a different texture to the point where the label is fused compared to the surrounding cloth. It’s also risky to use steam with baking paper between your iron and fabric. The steam has nowhere to escape and can cause burns, as the paper is mostly water-resistant. Before beginning to apply your labels, always remember to shut them off!
Move The Iron Slowly
Place the iron on them when you begin ironing your labels, and do not move them for 10-20 seconds. This facilitates the warm-up period of the adhesive around the label. Slowly move the iron to concentrate on the edges and corners of the labels, adding strong pressure to ensure that the label and the fabric have good contact. Use the iron point for this thorough work
The label’s edges and corners sustain the most wear and tear. Check to see if there are any lost points after fusing the mark and removing the paper. If the seal has not been used, repeat the ironing process until the fabric has been fully sealed, concentrating on the problem areas.
Iron-on labels will save you time and give your customers a lovely finished product that they will enjoy. They are a durable alternative to stitch-in tags and labels when they are properly applied and provide you with a whole new way to mark your creations and get the word out about your work.