LABEL FOLDS 101 – WE’RE BREAKING IT DOWN FOR YOU
After deciding which types of labels would like to use, you will need to decide on the fold of the label. In our post today, we’ll be going over different folds of labels. Deciding on the right label for your product is actually really fun and exciting. After all, it’s the one part of your product that all about your brand. Believe us, one little label represents so much!
There are a lot of different types of labels and some are most suited for the item than the other. In this post we’re going over straight cut, die-cut, end fold, mitre fold, loop fold, manhattan fold and center fold. We’ll outline which ones are best for your specific product.
These types of label lie flat on the clothing, rather than sticking out. They either get sewn on four edges or just on the left and right edges. This is the only type of label that can be ironed on or sewn on. They are often sewn into the neck, jeans or even exterior of the garment. Straight cut labels are done with square or rectangular shape. If the label comes in other shapes it’s called a die-cut.
Die-cut labels are very similar in nature to straight cut labels. Die-cut involves a die charge or laser work where the label has a unique shape. These shapes could be anything such as triangle, shield or even hexagon.
End-fold label is usually one of the most popular types of labels, usually because they are the easiest to apply to garments. It is similar to flat and die-cut labels but it comes with extra seam allowance on each end. The allowances are folded inward and come already folded, which means “read-t0-be-sewn” for you.
It is mostly used with simple logo and text but it can also go with labels that require a lot of information, or that have a big, detailed logo if you prefer clean edges.They can be easily sewn into collars, at the bottom of clothing, neck labels or exterior of the products.
Mitre-fold labels are similar to end fold style labels but feature ends that have been turned over and up at a 90˚ angle. These types of labels are perfect for sewing into the seams of collars. This is mostly applied on the clothing. The 90˚ angle created the hook shape so customers can choose to hang their clothing from this ‘hook’ Due to the nature of the folding, mitre-fold labels are better placed within seams, otherwise they can look a little unfinished.
Manhattan fold also known as the book fold is mainly used for re-labeling garments. This label is similar to a loop fold (see below) however has a top fold on the front to seal in the edge that would normally be sewn into the seam. The top part folds over the bottom fold to give a finished look and feel. Typically used when putting onto a sleeve hem.
Center fold label is another type of label that is really popular. The label gets folded across the center and the seam allowance are given on both the top and bottom. Unlike end-fold type labels these labels are not already folded so they need to be folded inward by hand before sewing. Center fold labels can also done with no seam allowances but this create the crisp and sharp edges as flat labels.
You have the option to put the information on both front and back, or just the front. Different information or sometimes it is the same design on both front and back.
Loop fold labels are basically center fold labels but with a loop instead of a fold. It is usually what is sewn in to every t-shirt you see. This label is sewn through the top.
Different types of labels hold their own interesting characteristics. We have an incredible team of sales staff that will help you make the right decision. See some of our past work under Products tab in Woven labels and Printed labels. We hope this guide will help you choose the right type of labels for your products.
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