It can take a lot of planning and thought to come up with a custom design that you feel is going to look visually striking as a woven clothing label. Many designers spend plenty of resources on digital work, this includes their own time, money and putting their designs out in the public eye to the certain scrutiny of other people.
The first tough descision is whether or not to use a custom woven clothing labels instead of custom printed clothing. The former is better in many areas. For instance, they are more durable and look more ‘professional’. The end result will definitely make the garments look worthy of the money spent on them. But before ordering custom woven clothing, you should avoid the following three common pitfalls:
1) Not checking the art proof and sew out sample before production
Any clothing label supplier that offers woven or printed fabric labels should offer a few different things before making an order. First, ask for a digital art rendering. This is somewhat like a blueprint of your design. It will show the size, color and artwork in actual size so that you can confirm the correct layout and sewing room needed. It is important to check this proof carefully. This is the artwork that will be used by the weaver to construct your woven label. If time allows, you can always request samples to be mailed to you prior to production. The samples of others’ labels will give you a good idea of fabric and quality that you are going to be receiving. Once you give the go ahead, the weaver should offer a sew out label. This is an actual label that has been woven to your specifications. Normally a picture of the sew out label is sent for final approval. This sew out image will be the last chance to approve before production. It is crucial to check the dimensions and other details very carefully before giving your approval.
2) Not adding enough sewing allowance to your clothing label
Most designers are unsure of what type of woven label would work best with their design. It is common to go into mass production without knowing that you could have made subtle but noticeable improvements.
The production team should be able to give you samples on all different types before you can approve production. It is common for people to come up with a new design while they get a general feel of their sample applied onto woven labels. It is very important to test the sample labels and get an idea of how much sewing room you are going to need in order to achieve the look your are going for. If you will be sewing the label into a seam you would normally allow .25” to do so. Then you would leave a little bit of space around the logo before the bottom of the label. So the finished product would be a clearly centered logo. If the label is going to be sewn in on all 4 sides then you would not need as much room to sew the label down. Normally you would allow arour .125” on each side for sewing. The same can be said for a hem or cuffed label. If you intend on simply making a quick stitch across the top of the label, then .125” is normally pleny of room. If you are not sure how much room to add then you can always give us a call and we are happy to assist.
3) Not ordering ahead of time
Even the fastest woven label production team will struggle to meet unexpected last minute changes. This can only be avoided if the person gets their timetable in order before giving the order for mass production.
When you inform the sales team that you need the entire order by ‘tomorrow’, it comes at a disadvantage. Expediting services can lead to additional fees been applied, and depending on where you live, an overnight shipping charge also. Failing to order ahead also makes you ineligible to receive free samples, which will deprive you of the opportunity to see if your design needs any last minute changes. It also puts a tremendous strain on your finances and relationship with the production team. Normal lead times for our woven clothing labels is about 2 weeks. We do have options to speed up the process but lead times will be at least 7-8 days at the very fastest. Please make sure to plan accordingly.