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Stabilizer Labels

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Materials
  • 6 Felt Squares, 1 each, pink, lavender, white, yellow, lime green, green
  • 4.5” x 23” strip of white cotton quilting fabric
  • 4.5” x 23” strip of Heat N Bond Lite
  • Assorted print grosgrain ribbons 5/8” wide, about 24” for each label
  • 6 sets of ¾” D rings
  • Micron Pen
  • Poly-mesh stabilizer for 6 hoopings
  • 4” x 4” embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery threads per the color charts
  • Regular sewing thread and needle
  • Seam Ripper
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Applique Iron
  • Seam ripper

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The time given for this project reflects the time required to all six of the Stabilizer labels. Each one requires less than 30 minutes. You only need to use approximately 10 hand sewing stitches to complete the labels. As there are over 50 types of stabilizer used in embroidery we have chosen to write the names on with a Micron Pen on the white sections of the labels. The Micron pen will not bleed on your fabric.


    Step 1:
    Cut two 4.5” squares of felt for each label; press the Heat N Bond lite to the back side of the white quilting cotton.

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    Step 2:
    Hoop poly mesh stabilizer in your embroidery hoop. Run the 1st color stop to sew an outline for the label. Use a thread color that matches the felt.

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on a felt 4.5” square and place over the outline making sure that the felt exceeds the outlines by ¼” on all sides.

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    Step 4:
    Color stop #2 will tack down the felt square.

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    Step 5:
    Color stop #3 stitches an outline for the white fabric.

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    Step 6:
    Cut a 3” x 4.5” rectangle from the white cotton strip; peel off the adhesive backing; spray with a little adhesive spray for a temporary hold; place over the inner outlines on the label.

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    Step 7:
    Run color stop #4 to tack down the inner label.

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    Step 8:
    Trim the white fabric as close as possible to the outline; iron with an applique iron for permanent adhesion.

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    Step 9:
    Follow the color chart through the next to last color stop for the particular label you are making.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop – turn the hoop upside down.

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    Step 11:
    Spray adhesive on the second felt square and place over the back of the embroidery aligning it with the felt on the front of the hoop.

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    Step 12:
    Return the hoop to the machine and stitch the last color stop in thread that matches the felt to sew the final tack down line and the button holes.

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    Step 13:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Open the button holes with a seam ripper. This is a little easier if you open the button holes while the label is still hooped. Unhoop and trim the around the label approximately 1/8” from the outline stitching.

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    Step 14:
    The length of ribbon that you will cut depends on the normal size of the stabilizer rolls that you use. For smaller rolls cut the ribbon about 17” in length; for larger rolls cut the ribbon about 24” in length. Cut one end of the ribbon at a 45 degree angle. Feed the ribbon down from the top to the backside of the label; feed the ribbon across the back of the label and up through the left side button hole.

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    Step 15:
    The back side of your label will look like this.

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    Step 16:
    Adjust the ribbon so that about 3” remain on the right hand side; slip two D-rings onto that side of the ribbon.

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    Step 17:
    Fold the end of the ribbon over ¼” twice and pin in place on the back of the label.

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    Step 18:
    Whip stitch the sides of the ribbon over the folds and bottom edge of the ribbon.

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    Step 19:
    Using a Micron Pen, it won’t bleed; write the names of your favorite stabilizers in the white fabric sections.

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    Step 20:
    Loop the long end of the ribbon through the two D-rings and back through the second D-ring to secure the labels to your stabilizers. Congratulations your job is complete and you will have minimized the chances of grabbing the wrong stabilizer ever again.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Janet G Mar 28, 2015
    I love the looks of the stabilizer labels can't wait to sit and make some. Thank you
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    Dottie C Mar 28, 2015
    Are these label designs purchased individually or can you buy a pack with all the different ones in it? $ 6.00 seems like a lot for just one design when you are on a fixed income.
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    kateri v Sep 11, 2015
    Fantastic idea!!! thanks
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    Huguette C Nov 24, 2017
    Anyone tried a plastic window instead of the white cotton so we could slip the name in and change it if needed ?
    Reply
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