Heat Transfer labels, also known as “tag-less tags”, are a great option for customers who want to brand their clothing without the bulk of a woven or printed label.
The heat transfer tags are Pantone color matched, with flexographic ink. They are silk screened onto a clear velum backing and come pre-cut and ready to apply. Heat transfer labels are best on sporty t-shirts, athletic wear, or baby items like newborn bodysuits. The heat transfers are easy to apply by a regular household iron or an industrial heat press (recommended for best results).
You can print up to 4 colors for heat transfer labels on simple designs. We can also source full-color heat transfer printing. Ask a sales rep for more information on full-color heat transfers.
The heat transfers are very high quality and stands up through dozens of washings without fading or chipping away.
Why choose heat transfer labels?
Some people worry about their customers cutting out labels with their branding on it. With heat transfers, your branding stays for dozens and dozens of washings and no one can rip it out! In addition, we have many customers using heat transfer labels to produce graphics and design on their clothing products.
If you are making baby clothes, especially for newborns, soft woven or printed labels could work very well and is often used. If you are really concerned about a label rubbing against an infants skin, then a heat transfer label is best.
If you really like the look of a woven label, you can put a heat transfer in the neck area and woven label on the outside trim.
For athletic gear or workout clothes, a woven label could potentially irritate someone’s skin during a lot of activity. Heat transfer labels would eliminate this problem and are very popular with athletic gear manufacturing.
Have different sizes (S,M,L) to place on the labels?
The downside to ordering heat transfer labels is splitting the order up between different sizes. Since these labels are silk screened and a plate is set up for each design, each size would be considered a whole new order. If your artwork has different sizes, talk to a sales rep to see what kind of price is offered.
Another option is purchasing heat transfers with the logo and buying separate, small, stock size tabs to sew on a top seam.
Turnaround Time and More
All of our printed labels use flexographic ink does not wash off or fade after only a few uses. There is a cheaper process called “hot stamping” and we do not use this process.