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DS1 starting big-school - Need help deciding on iron-on v sew on labels for uniform.

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mare Thu 09-Aug-07 15:03:23

Found loads of web sites selling name labels for uniforms.

What do you all recommend? Iron on or sew-on?

I think sew-on ones look much more traditional and I think nicer but harder work - and I am worried iron on ones will peel off.

Can anyone advise?

allgonebellyup Thu 09-Aug-07 15:04:14

dont bother at all?

i just write with perm marker.

bundle Thu 09-Aug-07 15:07:10

you can get discount through MN for

I think the sew on ones look tatty when the stitches (inevitably) start to loosen, so have always had iron-on ones

Sunshinemummy Thu 09-Aug-07 15:07:51

I spent a whole afternoon ironing on labels onto DS's nursery clothes. They all came off in the first wash. Sew on I think.

shergar Thu 09-Aug-07 15:08:17

Cash's sew-on name tapes! They look lovely, and I have found that sew-ons are really the only ones that stay put.

mare Thu 09-Aug-07 15:09:40

But do they really stay on?? I imagine them peeling up at the corners and eventually falling off and me resorting to sewing anyway.

MamaG Thu 09-Aug-07 15:11:09

I just write the name on with indelible ink - go over it if it starts to fade

FioFio Thu 09-Aug-07 15:11:47

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mare Thu 09-Aug-07 15:14:40

In future years I may well biro names on - just now I am quite looking forward to doing it - a bit of a rite of passage I suppose.

iota Thu 09-Aug-07 15:19:06

not only do the eazy 2 name iron on ones stay on, but they are almost impossible to remove when you want to recycle the clothes. They literally melt into the fabric

snorkle Thu 09-Aug-07 15:20:13

show your ds how to sew them on & let him do them.

babygrand Thu 09-Aug-07 15:21:41

I use a combination of sew-on and iron-on labels. The sew-on ones I use for the 'big' things, like blazers, which are going to last longer, and the iron-on ones for socks etc. which don't matter really anyway.

iota Thu 09-Aug-07 15:24:30

you label socks


mare Thu 09-Aug-07 15:28:30

Snorkel - DS is only just 4!! Needles???

LIZS Thu 09-Aug-07 15:41:35

Cash sew on . By the time you've ironed, cooeld ironed cooled, rioned ... you could have done the 6 or so stitches to sew them in !

mare Thu 09-Aug-07 15:45:26

Thanks All

Sew-on it is!!!

flightattendant Thu 09-Aug-07 15:48:08

I bought about 7,000 Cash's nametapes (or the right to such) reduced to 75% off in Mothercare before Ds1 was born. I got two packs. You have to fill it in and send off the leaflet, they send you the tapes. I think it was time-unlimited luckily. I got two sets as I didn't know what his surname was going to be.

Sewed them in the other day (not all 7,000) and they look smashing - sewed all round the edges it took a while but will stay put - and hopefully for younger brother too, when he goes to school. (He can be known by DS1's first name, I'm not doing all that again!)

flightattendant Thu 09-Aug-07 15:49:15

!!! Each one took me about 10 minutes! About 45 stitches each looks nicer that way and

OH I feel proud!

MrsBadger Thu 09-Aug-07 15:53:07

Cash's sew-on in Storm Findlay-Cooper

can't be beaten

(though if you have a girly girl do consider Cash's Super Tapes in pink or lilac with silver lurex lettering - they will love you forever.)

TinyGang Thu 09-Aug-07 15:58:01

I find iron-on easier, but they do peel off after a bit.

Sew on would be better I assume, but the job would never get done round here, I just know it.

Lately I've been writing straight onto the label with a laundry pen. Effective, easy but not too impressive on the domestic goddess front. Mind you there's no danger of me losing that particular accolade in the first place .

mare Thu 09-Aug-07 16:03:14

I need to recycle clothes for DS2 who is a couple of years behind DS1.

My Mum said she got a bumper bunble of tapes with 'Matthew Surname James' on for my two brothes ( when they were little) so she could cut in the right place and not have to buy two sets.

Now you all come to mention it, I think she said cash's too!

MrsBadger Thu 09-Aug-07 16:07:53

if you fold in the irrelevant bit rather than cut you can use each tape twice...

(My parents cunningly gave my little sister a middle name with the same initial as my first name so things marked 'W.Badger' in permanent pen were easy to change to 'C.W.Badger' when handed down)

flightattendant Thu 09-Aug-07 16:16:56

You mean you're supposed to cut off the foldy bits? I wondered why some of them weren't printed very central.

allgonebellyup Thu 09-Aug-07 16:17:57

i cant even believe i am reading this thread

flightattendant Thu 09-Aug-07 16:18:12

Oh no see what you mean!

Still thought you were meant to fold ends under.

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