Machine Embroidered Quilt Label
Machine Embroidered Quilt Label: I will be doing most of my quilt labels with Machine Embroidery from now on. So pleased I gave it a try, really super easy to do.
I used the computer to type the label txt, printed the page and used a light box to trace the txt onto my label fabric. I used a washaway fabric marking pen.
I also used an iron on stabilizer on the back of the label fabric, to help the stitching go smoothly. A machine quilting hoop keeps the fabric taut while you sew.
I choose to use a 40 weight cotton thread, but really a good time to try out some of those beautiful threads lurking in your thread box. I found the heavier weight of thread covered quickly and gave a nice finish.
Set your machine the same as for free motion quilting and loosen the top tension, I had mine top tension at (1) but all machines are different so you may have to play around with yours. Don't be surprised if you end up way down on (0). The thread is moving so fast through the needle that loosening the tension helps it feed through your machine without any snags.
Use a large needle, I choose a topstitch needle, 80/90 should be fine for most thread weights.
Now you are good to go ! It's best to move backwards and forwards over a small part at a time, to build up the thread to your desired effect. Don't forget to bring up your bottom thread before you start to avoid thread nests.
I even did my logo ! It turned out pretty good I think.
The finished label ! I added some of the border pieced I had left over to give it a nice finish. I have stitched it into the corner of the quilt back.
I am still stitching away on the binding, a bit of a slow process for me.
I hope you have a go at making your own machine embroidered labels, it is a lot of fun.