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How To Properly Remove Clothing Labels

Apr 02, 2015
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Are you the kind of person who finds clothing labels itchy or irritating? Do you hate it when they hang out of the back of your shirt, effectively telling the whole world what size you wear? Are you sick of being a walking advertisement for whatever brand you choose to buy? The easiest solution for all of these issues is to remove the labels from your clothing. It is important to do this slowly and correctly, however, to ensure that you don’t put any holes in the garment or otherwise damage it.

Step 1: Examine the clothing labels that you would like to remove. Have they been sewed into the garment separately? Is the same seam holding the garment together (meaning that if you remove it, will the stitching on the item start to unravel)? Is the label made of fabric or is the material more papery? The answers to these questions will help you to determine how the tags should be removed to best avoid damage.

Step 2: Cut any hanging tags off your clothing using scissors. You should never yank or pull on these labels, as this can stretch out or even tear the garment. The most common occurrence is the development of a hole, which is known to grow larger with time. You should also carefully inspect the clothing for stickers, pins, stiffeners, and other packaging that you do not need – carefully remove each of these things.

Step 3: Consider cutting the tag out. If your issue with the label is that it hangs out the back of the clothing on show, simply cut it out with scissors. You will have to be very careful that you don’t also accidentally break any loops of thread, as this will result in stringy bits. This is also the approach that should be taken if you wish to remove the tag but it shares a seam with the garment itself, as the whole item could end up unraveling.The downside to using this method is that you are often left with small corners of the label that can still continue to itch and irritate (depending on the material that has been used). Occasionally, you will be able to cut the tag right up to the seam and then pull the other end out from under the stitching. If you can do this, just be very careful that you don’t cut anything you need.

Step 4: Use a seam ripper to remove the tag. If the clothing label has been sewn into the garment separately to the seam, you may be able to use a seam ripper to carefully cut each of the threads holding the tag to the garment. Try to avoid damaging the surrounding fabric and seams, as this will be obvious when you wear the item. You can use a pair of tweezers to remove any remaining threads once the tag has been removed.

Tips

•    Make sure that you have at least taken a mental note of the fabric care and laundering instructions for each particular garment before removing the tag; you could even keep them for future reference.

•    If your main complaint is that the labels are itchy and irritating, try to look for clothing that instead uses a light silkscreen in the collar or hem to display manufacturing information.

By following the instructions that are appropriate for your clothing labels, you should be able to effectively remove them from your entire wardrobe. This will ensure that there is no more uncomfortable itching, that the tags don’t hang out at the most inconvenient of times, and that you are no longer a walking billboard for your brand of choice. Just remember to also follow the tips that we have provided to ensure that nothing goes wrong with your chosen method and that your clothing is well cared for.

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