Clothing Labels-Types of Folding Style Options
As a new designer, ordering your first set of custom printed clothing tags or woven
tags are one of the most technical steps of the entire textile garment manufacturing
process. It is very important to understand that condensing a large amount of branding
information is a tremendously engineered process.
For sewing a clothes label into an article of clothing , there are three major finishing
options: straight cut, mid-fold or end-fold. The are several more exotic and
complicated folding styles available, but these styles are more expensive and used by
clothing designers just a small percentage of the time.
The ends of a woven tag or printed clothing label are simply heat sealed with no
folding. If you plan to sew all four sides or two ends, this is a perfect label for you. The
advantage of this type of label is that it is held snugly against the fabric and doesn't
tear off easily.
This type of woven tag or printed clothing label is made as a long rectangle and folded
shot-ways in the middle. When both cut ends of the sewn into the garment fabric, the
label hangs down. The advantage of this type of clothing label is that you can include
extra information, such as the care instructions, on the backside. The disadvantage is
that these type of labels can be ripped off or damaged more easily.
The woven label is made like a straight cut, but there is a small amount of sew space
on the short ends. These sew spaces are folded, and the sewing takes place
underneath the woven label. This allows for a nice finished look without seams
exposed to the outside. However, unlike the straight cut, it is not as snugly seated and
can be ripped or damaged more easily.
These basic explanations of folding styles will help you determine how you design your
woven labels. Remember, woven labels usually require anywhere from 2-4 weeks lead
time, so plan early!l
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