Why Are Some Custom Woven Labels So Scratchy

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Why Are Some Custom Woven Labels So Scratchy

Why are some custom woven labels so scratchy? This is a common question among consumers who value comfort in their garments.

Designers and garment manufacturers put a lot of effort into creating labels that look great to be attached to their garments. The last thing they would want is for customers to complain about labels being irritating and scratchy.

A scratchy label can result from not sealing the edges or not softening the label post-production. Labels with stiff backings or adhesives can also cause discomfort. Finally, embroidered details or metallic threads can create a rough surface. Fine threads, soft backings, and meticulous finishing techniques ensure a softer feel.

There are a few other things you can do to minimize these problems when designing your custom woven labels.

Why Are Some Custom Woven Labels So Scratchy?


Why are some custom-woven labels so scratchy? Understanding this requires examining the type of thread and weaving methods used. Custom woven labels can be scratchy due to their materials and manufacturing processes. Labels made from synthetic fibers, such as polyester or nylon, may have a rougher texture than those made from natural fibers, such as cotton. Label density and weave play a role; tightly woven labels can be more abrasive. Additionally, the finishing process affects the feel.

Let’s take a look at them together.


We have previously explained that woven labels are made from 100% polyester threads. These polyester threads are classified into Taffeta (also known as Satin), Damask, and Damask.

It is possible to influence the softness and smoothness of your label by choosing the right threads.

Taffeta is the most expensive polyester thread, but it’s also the thickest. The labels can feel “bulky”, especially when they’re pressed up against the skin, particularly the neck.

The threads used in satin and damask woven labels are much thinner, so they will not cause irritation or itching.

Cotton can be used to make labels. This is the softest and most expensive! If you’re looking for a “gentle” and beautiful label to put on your garment, this is the solution.


The larger the label, the more likely it will be felt by the wearer. When designing woven labels, the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, stupid) is also applicable. Keep your woven labels simple, straight forward and clear. This will help you to get the perfect size label that fits your garment.



How these labels are cut is the most important thing to prevent woven label edges from giving an itchy sensation. The two main ways to cut woven labels are:

A – Directly from the label weaving machines (not suitable for smooth edges).

B – Use an ultrasonic machine to finish the label (best method for a smooth finish)

To save money and time, it is often possible to cut woven labels directly on a machine that already has cutting tools installed. This method of cutting does not ensure smooth edges.

In the left image, you can see that the label roll is not yet cut. The second image shows the label roll being immediately cut by the cutting tools on the weaving machine.

If you want the edges of the labels to be soft and smooth, you will need to use ultrasonic cuts in the production. The woven labels are first woven with the looming machine and then the entire label roll is loaded onto an ultrasonic cutter, as shown in the video below.

Anwar Industries uses ultrasonic cutting to produce many of our labels. Order your labels online. You can choose whether to use ultrasonic or standard cutting methods.


To conclude why are some custom woven labels so scratchy? Labels with custom weaves and finishing processes can be scratchy. It may be caused by synthetic fibers, tight weaves, inadequate edge sealing, stiff backings, or intricate designs. Using fine threads, softer backings, and careful finishing techniques will make labels softer. The quality of woven labels can be significantly enhanced by these considerations.

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