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Nametapes - sew on or iron on?

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Bucketsofdinosaurs Wed 31-May-06 20:15:19

Which do you prefer?
DD doesn't start school til next September but these things plague my mind
Is it actually possible to hand down items of school uniform to younger siblings or do they get totally worn out?

WigWamBam Wed 31-May-06 20:20:45

Iron-on here ... much less faff!

I'd say it's very possible to hand down items of uniform, at least in Primary; dd is in Reception and is growing so fast that much of her uniform is barely worn before we've had to buy the next size up. I have handed several items to other people and to the school to use in case of accidents, and most of them look brand new.

SaintofGeorgia Wed 31-May-06 20:23:28

Neither. I'm a lazy mare so I just use biro on the existing stitched in labels. There is usually enough room for name and class.

popsycal Wed 31-May-06 20:24:21

asda doing really cheap ones
i posted a link last night...will find

juuule Wed 31-May-06 20:24:22

I don't iron-on or sew. I just write their name on the label
We have passed items of uniform on and had them passed on to us - well except for the boys trousers in top juniors which they wore through in no time.

cadbury Wed 31-May-06 20:25:00

I thought iron on ones would be better but they have nearly all come off the clothes. Will go for sew in ones next time.

tenalady Wed 31-May-06 20:33:18

Same as you Juule, regular biro on the label seems to hang around for a few washes and simply refresh when you come to iron them.

sugarfree Wed 31-May-06 20:39:53

Sew on here.I do it watching the telly,then I just snip them out,sew more in, for hand me downs.

LIZS Wed 31-May-06 20:41:57

Get a laundry marker ! We have Cash's sew-ins (fine and I usually only do a couple of stitches each end or fold into a loop) and iron-ons which come off if tumble dried or reironed too hot.

helsy Wed 31-May-06 20:42:28

I bought some with a stud thing you just clip on, so no sew or ironing involved. Just use a fabric pen now - most school clothes have a label with "name...............". Still hasn't stopped three cardigans disappearing so far this year, though

thirtysomething Wed 31-May-06 20:43:31

I stick them in with this no-sew glue stuff - you can buy it from asda and it's usually sold near the check-outs, made by bostik. It's wash and tumble-dry proof provided you stick it on properly - sometimes they come off but very rarely. You mustn't use too much though as it can come through clothes onto the other side and be a bit messy!

Bucketsofdinosaurs Wed 31-May-06 21:29:37

Well I had a tip to get sew-on ones printed with both your kids' names (if you only have 2 like me) eg John Smith Jane so you only have to order one set (is anyone going to use 100 labels on 1 child?) You just fold the unwanted bit behind and resew later if needed. I also like the idea of not permanently marking something to pass it on. We also have a very common surname so I will have to put the christian names in each time. I'd be happy to buy 2nd hand uniform but there's something a bit yucky about manky ironed-on labels.
However, I have a very pronounced lazy streak combined with rubbish sewing ability so I am still stumped.

JanH Wed 31-May-06 21:32:59

Lots of uniform now comes with a space on the label (the one down the side seam as a rule) for name and form. Permanent/laundry marker does the job v well!

DS2 had second-hand M&S long trousers off ebay when he started secondary school nearly 2 years ago and they are still good (more than can be said for the £50 new blazer )

psychomum5 Wed 31-May-06 21:39:24

I have doen both the iron on and sew on. also when really lazy for their dance gear have safety pinned them in!!

I have now found that sewing them in is the best way, and i just sew once right in the middle (over and over mind you) and it has held fantastically

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