Heat-Transferred or Sewn on Tags?
Aside from being wearable, one of the most common characteristics of apparel is the inside tag. So common in fact, that most people probably don’t think twice about where or how that tag got there. Unlike my gut instinct may have led me to believe, tags do not grow on shirts. Nope, there is actually some labor involved and it all begins with you and/or the designer.
The first decision is what type of tag should go on their garment. The two most common types are sewn on and heat-transferred tags. Due to the ease, lower cost, and comfort that comes along with it, the more popular choice tends to be heat-transferred tags.
However, more retail driven clients tend to prefer sewn on tags. Not all decorating manufacturers offer this service, but 2 high quality companies that do provide tag-sewing services are PFI Fashions or AI Industries.
Other companies, such as ourselves, are able to provide the service to those clients who would like heat-transferred tags, and can get you going with a few simples steps:
Requirements (from client):
- The client submits their artwork to us, which can include the company name, garment size, logo, etc. (any type of personalization the client would like)
- The artwork can be no larger than 3½ x 3½ inches.
- Font size must be at least 8 points.
- The artwork must be one-color.
- We can get amazing detail in the positive space in the design, but small detail in the negative space can get lost.
Steps (taken by Screen Printers):
- Print the artwork onto film.
- Burn the film onto a screen.
- Screen print onto transfer paper.
- Apply the heat transfer.