Clothing labels usually include important information such as brand, size, or care instructions and are attached somewhere on the garment, such as collars, hem, pockets, and so on. Unfortunately, some people don’t fit the labels, such as those made of customized leather labels or PVC. Often it makes the skin itchy, or the size is too long to stick out from under the clothes or can be seen clearly through thin fabrics so that everyone can see our size and force us to be a walking ad for clothing brands. Luckily, it’s not that hard to remove clothing labels. You need a few simple tools and a little patience.
Choosing The Right Method
1. Cut the label as close to the seam as possible. Use sharp scissors to cut the labels, and be careful not to cut the seams. The rest of the label will remain sewn in the seam.
- There is a possibility that a freshly cut label will still make the skin on the nape of the neck feel itchy or irritated. Usually, a stiffer, paper-like label material will cause this discomfort.
- After a few washes, the cut edges will likely become softer and won’t bother you anymore. However, if you are concerned, it is recommended not to cut the label.
2. Take a small amount of cloth adhesive (hemming tape). Make sure it matches the width of the label exactly. We recommend using an adhesive that can be melted and does not need sewn. Just install it by ironing it. You can buy it at a fabric store or department store.
3. Place the cloth adhesive on the bottom of the label. Once installed properly, run the iron over it. The label is now attached to the garment and does not hang freely or stick out from behind the garment’s seams.
- This technique is especially effective when dealing with a label that irritates the skin but cannot be removed without damaging the garment.
- Do not choose this method if the clothes are made of delicate materials. The heat of the iron can damage clothes.
4. Attach two more pieces of fabric adhesive to the label (optional). If the label makes the skin very itchy, try applying more fabric adhesive to cover the entire edge of the label. Place two pieces of fabric tape along the edges of the label on the left and right sides.
- Now, the label has no exposed edges and is completely attached to the garment.
- Do not choose this method if the clothes are made of delicate materials.
5. Choose clothes without labels. Some brands no longer sew labels on their clothes to make them more comfortable for consumers. Try to use the heat transfer labels manufacturer. The information usually listed on the label is directly pasted or printed on the inside of the garment in the same places you would normally find labels.
- This information is only visible on the inside of the garment, not the outside.
Removing External Labels
1. Check the label. You must remove the external label carefully to avoid damaging the garment. However, this label is meant to be removed. Find the best approach and determine the starting point where you will start working.
- Genie also often has an external label, usually a small piece of cloth with the brand’s logo. These labels aren’t meant to be removed. You must do it with extra care if you want to remove it. However, you can remove the label with this method.
- External labels can also be found on the seams of clothing. Use small cuticle scissors to trim them, as they are usually not difficult to remove.
2. Tuck a thread tucker or small cuticle clipper under one seam on the label. Make sure your floss trimmer or cuticle scissors are above the label when you start. Gently pull the threader up to cut the thread. If you use cuticle scissors, make small cuts to cut the thread.
- You can start anywhere, but it is recommended to start squeezing the seams from the top right corner of the label.
3. Move from right to left as you work and slack the remaining stitches. Dedel stitches one after another. Be careful not to damage the garment with the sharp end of the threader or scissors.
- Make sure you cut each stitch until it breaks. Don’t cut several stitches at once until the label starts to loosen. Only then can you pull out the rest of the stitches.
4. Pull the label off and use tweezers to pull out the rest of the yarn. You may find bits of thread still stuck to the garment after removing the label. Make sure the thread is completely loose before you pull it with tweezers.
5. Hide or familiarize yourself with labels that are impossible to remove. Some clothes have labels that are impossible to remove because they will damage the garment or the label itself is part of the garment. In this case, there’s not much you can do, but the following options might be considered:
- Ask a professional sewist or laundry if they can help you remove the label.
- Hiding external labels can be an option, but it is usually impossible to do well. You can roll up the sleeve if the label is attached to the cuff. Most external labels on shirts can be hidden by wearing a jacket.
- External labels are often found on men’s custom rubber labels for clothing in the back pocket of jeans, which can be covered with a long shirt or jacket.
- You can also cover the label with a small decoration that can be pasted with an iron.