With JJ Cash entering administration recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about labelling school uniform; how parents choose to label their children’s school uniform, if parents choose to label uniform at all, and if the whole name labelling thing is a dying tradition.
Obviously, we’re slightly biased here (!) but we believe that name labels do still have a place in the modern world, whether they’re sew in, iron on, clip on, stick on, or even if you’ve simply got a handy marker pen. Of course, you needn’t take our word for it; we have thousands of customers (both new and returning) who order our name labels, many of whom have written their own reviews about our stick on name labels – clearly, there is still a demand for name labels and the tradition is not quite dead yet!
So Why Bother With A Name Label In The First Place?
Name labels are a simple solution to the ever present problem of school uniform getting mixed up or lost. Entire classes have the same items of clothing and a simple name label is an easy way for your child to check that they’ve picked up the right piece of clothing AND to help make sure that, if they do lose something, it can be identified as theirs, which makes it much, much easier for items to be returned. Plus, modern name labels are available with a huge range of options; they can be printed with contact details (so when an item is found, you can be contacted directly) or with medical or allergy information (so, if there is an incident, this information is on hand and readily available). They can also be used to label all sorts of items, including bags, shoes, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sports kits and equipment, stationery, personal items, phones, lunch boxes and water bottles, musical instruments, art supplies, maths and science equipment, drama costumes and props, and any other items that your child may need (or want!) while they’re at school.
Some people have argued that (in some cases) items of school uniform and equipment are readily available at cheap prices – which is fine, if those particular items are what you need and you don’t mind replacing items whenever they get lost. However, many schools have expansive lists of uniform and equipment that they require each student to have and, in some cases, uniform must be purchased from a preferred supplier or with the school’s particular markings and emblems, and items such as shoes, coats, and bags can also be expensive to replace. So, that leaves many parents who cannot afford to replace items or who simply don’t want to have to replace items that they have already purchased. This is where a handy name label comes in useful.
Choices, choices, choices…
There are so many different ways of adding your child’s name to their uniform and belongings – each with its own particular advantages and disadvantages – so it’s easy enough to find the name label that is perfect for you and your particular requirements.
– Marker Pen:
Perhaps the simplest solution available. There are a number of washerproof marker pens available, so you can simply write your child’s name onto their clothing and possessions. However, this method does mean you need to make absolutely sure that you get a pen that uses ink that is strong enough to survive the cleaning process but won’t damage your items of clothing, you can’t remove what you’ve written (so it isn’t really suitable if you intend to pass items on to someone else or a charity and you can’t undo a mistake!), and, if you haven’t got the best handwriting in the world, it isn’t necessarily always that easy to read.
– Sew In:
The traditional option. Woven labels are available in a great number of colours and styles these days. They tend to remain firmly in place (unless you possess slightly dodgy sewing skills), can be applied to ANY article of clothing, and can be unpicked and reused if you so wish. However, they are the most time consuming option and they cannot be used on the miscellany of belongings that are also likely to be taken and potentially lost at school.
– Iron On:
An alternative to the sew in method; these labels usually require a few minutes per label to apply, so they are faster to apply than sew in labels. They can also be made in a variety of colours and designs. However, like sew in labels, they cannot be used on other personal belongings. They are also subject to issues during application (you need to take great care when using an iron to apply name labels and it can be tricky to get the correct settings and timing just right), and use, with some parents finding that the labels begin to peel off (or even outright ping off) after a short period of time.
– Clip On
Some companies offer various kinds of tags that clip into place. This method can be quite quick and easy to use, but they do usually require an applicator and they are a more bulky and noticeable type of name label.
– Stick On:
The method that we use! Stick on name labels can be printed with a whole range of colours and designs. They simply peel off a backing sheet and stick in place on all kinds of items. This is arguably the fastest method of applying name labels – although they do usually require a period of time to rest and allow the adhesive to strengthen and fully set in place. Stick on name labels are available in a variety of options that can be applied to all sorts of items and can usually be removed (eventually!) when the item is no longer needed.
Alright, so why should I consider STIKINS ® name labels?
Well, again, we’re biased here, but we think STIKINS ® are a genuinely great solution to the problem of name labels. The stick on name label is a relatively recent addition to the name label market and provides a quick and easy method of labelling items; you simply stick the label on, allow it to bond firmly it place, and you’re good to go! It’s perfect for parents who want to label their children’s clothing and belongings, but don’t necessarily have the time – or even want to spend the time! – applying names labels. There’s no sewing or ironing involved at all and our STIKINS ® are easy to use, multipurpose labels that you can use to label just about everything – they’ll even survive in washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, and microwaves. We’ve had reports from parents who’ve used them to label all sorts of items and have found that the label often outlasts whatever item it has been stuck onto.
To find out more about our STIKINS ® name labels, please visit our website and use the purple links on the left hand side to navigate to our information pages.