How to Attach Price Tags to Clothes

by Jonra Springs ; Updated September 26, 2017

Price tags on clothing should be easy for shoppers to find so they don't have to ask employees about purchase price. A shopper may abandon an article if they can't easily find its price. Use a price tag attacher to put tags on clothes in conspicuous locations so shoppers of retail or private sales can notice them right away. A tag attacher slips a small barrel on a plastic thread barb through a tubular needle made for piercing fabric and card stock tags. The barb has a larger tab on the other end of the thread to keep the tag from falling off.

How to Attach Price Tags to Clothes

Choose between a regular price tag attacher or one made for fine woven fabrics depending on the type of clothing items to be tagged. The barbs used must match the type of tag attacher. Regular barbs do not fit through a fine weave tagger.

Load the tag attacher. Barbs for tagging come on a clip of fifty or more connected in a parallel row. The tag attacher has a slot on the top, just behind the needle for inserting the clip. Most manufacturers embed a diagram into the plastic to show which way to orient the barbs. Squeeze the handle trigger to make sure the tagger is properly dispensing barbs.

Pierce the tag and the garment. Push the needle of the tag attacher through the hole in the price tag. Push the needle completely through the garment and squeeze the handle trigger. Pull the needle out of the garment. The barb will be lodged in the fabric with the tag dangling on it in front.

Put the tag in an appropriate place on clothing items. Most retail stores prefer to pierce the clothing tag rather than the garment itself. That saves the item from unnecessary damage. Since many clothing chains practice this, shoppers have learned to look for a price tag on the tag inside the garment.


  • Put all price tags on items in the same location to avoid shopper confusion.

About the Author

Jonra Springs began writing in 1989. He writes fiction for children and adults and draws on experiences in education, insurance, construction, aviation mechanics and entertainment to create content for various websites. Springs studied liberal arts and computer science at the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.

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