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Question DetailsAsked on 5/20/2017

Can RFID be purchased as a piece of fabric so the home sewer can use it? I make purses to sell.

When I sell a purse I am oftentimes asked it is has RFID and is safe from being scanned in a mall etc. I would like to add that feature if I can buy fabric with it in and can be sure it won't damage my sewing machine.

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I am not sure you understand what the customer is looking for.

A RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) label has an embedded near-pass non-contact readable electronic chip which contains and "reads-bakc" to the scanner the product info (typically the UPC code) in the tag, and sometimes has a resettable security feature which is deactivated at checkout, so the item sets off an alarm on exiting the store if the RFID tag is not neutralized by the checkout clerk. That feature costs extra and requires passing through a checkout "portal" like most larger libraries use now to work - generally only used for high end items, and sometimes using an exit portal from an enclosed electronics or jewelry department in large box stores, for instance. An RFID tag is an inventory control, checkout speed convenience (like bar codes on products), and security feature, which I cannot see you need unless you are wholeselling these to stores which demand the tags. If so you would have to register your company and find out the exact RFID coding needed is.

Those sort of tags, which are available fabric-backed, can be found by googling this sort of search phrase (so named because commonly used by laundries, where the tag is encoded with the customer's number or name or sometimes the ticket number) -

fabric laundry RFID tags.

I can't see why a customer would care one way or another about a product RFID tag in their bag - does nothing for them, and the only info that could be scanned from it would be the product info you put into it.


I think what your customers are asking is if the bag has RFID scan-resistant fabric, which resists "walk-by" (actually has to be quite close to be readable with handheld scanners) scanning of smart cards, credit cards, passports, etc which might be in the bag - which would be a security feature some higher-end bag and wallet manufacturers have recently introduced. It would be put in as an all-around lining or under-lining, presumably. Google this search phrase for sources of it - RFID blocking fabric.

Be sure not to give any promises about its security - because depending on the scan frequency spectrum (different card chips sometimes use different scanning frequencies) and scanner signal intensity and the make of chipped card, it might or might not actually "prevent" successful walk-by or near-contact scanning.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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