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if you had 96 nametapes that needed sewing on..

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JimBobplusasprog Sun 27-Apr-14 19:50:21

Would you do it with a sewing machine? I don't have one but could probably borrow one from a friend and I vaguely remember how to use one from school needlecraft lessons.

And iron-on, laundry stamp or tag-it tapes aren't an option as the school has specified particular woven ones in various sizes.

Ugh. I hate sewing on nametapes.

drinkyourmilk Sun 27-Apr-14 19:51:47


OublietteBravo Sun 27-Apr-14 19:52:44

I'd do it by hand - a few every day.

CinnamonPlums Sun 27-Apr-14 19:54:00

Do it by hand. It wont take long you can just do a few stitches at each end.

Doing it with a machine will be a nightmare and won't be any quicker.

Just put something good on the TV and do a few every day.

ggirl Sun 27-Apr-14 19:54:04

think I'd pay someone else to do it

BikeRunSki Sun 27-Apr-14 19:54:11

I use seen on tapes, but fold them in half in a sort of loop and sew them by the short end.

CMOTDibbler Sun 27-Apr-14 19:54:23

Alas, you can't use a sewing machine as it shows through. I quite like sewing them on and they do only take a few minutes each. 10 a night, and you'll be done in under 2 weeks

MarianForrester Sun 27-Apr-14 19:55:30


ChoudeBruxelles Sun 27-Apr-14 19:55:45

Is buy a fabric pen and write names on instead

flowery Sun 27-Apr-14 19:56:09

I'd wonder web them.

SueDNim Sun 27-Apr-14 19:56:23

I'd invite my lovely MIL over.

Greenandcabbagelooking Sun 27-Apr-14 19:58:33

I'd get the child to do some of them.

heather1 Sun 27-Apr-14 20:00:26

Would superglue work? I'm guessing wildly.

JimBobplusasprog Sun 27-Apr-14 20:00:28

Uh-huh. 96. Just did the maths with the uniform list. It's boarding so there are socks and pants to label as well as towels and flannels and seemingly endless sports kit.

Perhaps I will treat myself to a box set of something and a bottle of gin.

mervynmouse Sun 27-Apr-14 20:00:51

Agree, more trouble than its worth on the machine. Tedious task nevertheless. My mum used to make me sew my own name tapes on but I don't recommend that option if you don't want your dc to hate you forever for it grin

ProcrastinatorExtraordindaire Sun 27-Apr-14 20:01:41

sharpie pen on the label and on the inside of the neckband or if the label is cut out, you still have the item named and therefore proof that the item belongs to your child.

Much quicker and still effective.

ouryve Sun 27-Apr-14 20:02:16

I'd throw them in the drawer and take out a laundry marker or sharpie, instead.

ooerrmissus Sun 27-Apr-14 20:03:00

I do use a sewing machine! It's dead easy and quick once you are set up. The only pain is changing the thread for different things eg white for shirts, grey for trousers etc.

SueDNim Sun 27-Apr-14 20:03:24

Don't they have a "matron and her ladies" to do that for you?

littleducks Sun 27-Apr-14 20:08:07

Honestly? I would go to sew but I'm a bit lazy

JimBobplusasprog Sun 27-Apr-14 20:08:49

Ugh - the idea of getting ds to do some of them... He's a good boy but 8yos don't tend to stitch things very neatly.

Ooerrmissus apart from changing thread colour it must take less than a minute per label once you get going? Or am I being wildly optimistic?

LoonvanBoon Sun 27-Apr-14 20:09:55

I'd have to pay someone to do it as my sewing skills are crap.

I do think its sounds ridiculously old-fashioned - almost for the sake of it - of the school to specify that only sewn in labels are acceptable.

I buy stick-in labels for my children - think they're called "stikins". They don't need sewing or ironing, they survive the wash completely intact & they don't come out of the clothes. They also work in shoes, on pencil cases & so on.

Good luck, anyway! smile

PeriPathetic Sun 27-Apr-14 20:11:41

Definitely sew by hand. Hopefully your child has a short name unlike mine And good luck with the socks. I hate doing those.

MarianForrester Sun 27-Apr-14 20:11:54

I know this is off the pint, but 8 year old to boarding school..?!

I went to boarding school at 11 and think the sewing on of all these name tapes is the least of your worries

MarianForrester Sun 27-Apr-14 20:13:36

<<point not pint>>

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