How to Apply Your Clothing Labels

Lets face it School Uniforms aren’t cheap, and as much as we teach our kids to put their jumper or jacket in their bags as soon as they take it off, from time to time we know that isn’t going to happen. They are going to get left in the playground, on their chair, in their tote tray or on the floor after assembly…. the list goes on.

But, if its labelled 9 time out of 10 it will come back, the staff at our school are awesome and go through lost property as often as they can and return anything that is labelled to the students class.

In 6 years of Schooling we’ve only permanently lost 2 things. A drink bottle while on an excursion to the aquarium and a sandwich container somewhere at school. Everything else lost was only temporarily and all came back because they were labelled. Pretty good odds.

Below is a video tutorial demonstrating how to apply our heat transfer clothing labels.

If you are following along with the video as you apply your clothing labels, below is a list of what you’ll need for the application.

  1. An iron – Pre-Heated on the Cotton Setting (the iron used in the video is digital, so this may vary on manual dial irons, you may need to adjust up and down accordingly)
  2. A Wooden Chopping Board or Another hard flat heatproof surface other than just your ironing board alone. Ironing boards often have a layer of foam under the cover making them not as firm as is required for this application process.
  3. A Lint Roller
  4. The label set you ordered
  5. Garments you intend to press the labels on to

Video Application Notes

In the video, you will see that after we turn the jumper inside out, we go over it with the lint roller, this ensures that any loose fibres are collected, which helps to ensure that your clothing labels adhere correctly. Do this for all garments, even if they are not fleecy lined.

Next you will notice that we pre-press the garment for about 5 seconds with the iron. This ensures that any moisture left from washing or absorbed from the air is removed, as adhesives do not like moisture so by pre-pressing you are ensuring a lasting bond between the fabric and the labels adhesive.

When we are pressing the label on, note there is no ironing motion. If you were to use an ironing motion during application, it may cause the transfer layer to move and the lettering to distort. Firm Pressure is what is required. Position the iron over the baking paper covering the label and garments surface (protecting it from the heat) and apply firm even pressure for about 15 seconds, as much downward even pressure as you can manage should be applied. As while the heat is what activates the adhesive, the pressure is what ensures the adhesive adheres to the garment.

Then after we have pressed we carefully remove the clear transfer layer, then covering the label and garment surface with baking paper again we then press for an additional 5 seconds. We do this because on this occasion we are using a home iron to demonstrate, rather than a professional heat press and it can be hard to get the correct amount of pressure with an iron, so pressing quickly for a second time once the transfer layer has been removed, helps to ensure that the vinyl has made a good bond with the garment.

Finally, it is best to not wash your garments for atleast 72 hours after applying the labels. This allows the adhesive has time to cure, ensuring that your labels will last.

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