The tag free label is heat transferred onto
clothing or fashion accessories using a heat press. This heat
press process is why technically it is called a Heat Transfer label.
Basically, the heat and pressure of the press helps transfer the
markings to the garment. Heat transfer labels are also called tag less
labels or sew free / stitch free labels because the heat transfers
bypass the stitching or sewing work.
Most garment factories and apparel manufacturers
are using the woven / stitch labels which are sewed onto the clothes.
When place on shirts (typically sewn into the back neck area) the woven
labels can cause a tickling or itching sensation. When consumers
are itching from labels, they are certainly not happy consumers.
The heat transfer labels or tagless labels are
aimed at giving "tag free comfort" to people purchasing product.
For the last few years there is a significant shift towards tag free
garments. Most seen in underwear, sleepwear, and t-shirts. More
and more manufacturers of clothes in many countries are now moving or
have moved from regular woven labels or embroidered labels to tag free
heat seal labels. This is certainly a growing trend in the
Some suppliers of heat transfers print the
labels on a high quality polyester film.