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Sew in name tapes for lazy people?

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mrsrawlinson Thu 20-Aug-09 15:41:20

In a fit of Stepford-mum-ism I have just purchased 150 sew in name tapes for my DTs' new school uniforms. I've decided that as their new school is a bit blazers-and-briefcases it would not reflect well upon either them or me for them to turn up with their names scrawled in Sharpie marker like at their last school. There's loads of it as well - the uniform list was 3 A4 pages (cue 2 gruelling hours in the Schoolwear Centre. No wonder they keep a defibrillator by the till...)


I hate sewing. I mean really, really hate it. If I had a choice between sewing in 150 name tapes by hand and having my eyes pierced by the dentist at my mother-in-law's house, I'd give the latter some serious consideration. It's no good asking my mum either as she'd probably fall over laughing.

Does anyone have any ingenious solutions to spending the next 2 weeks sewing the damned things in and teaching the DCs a whole new vocabulary? Any sort of clever gadget or do-it-for-you service that anyone knows of? I'd be grateful for any suggestions.

CybilLiberty Thu 20-Aug-09 15:42:51

Sorry, I'm a Sharpie on the label girl....I've never done sew in tapes in my life. Iron in, at a push yes. But sew on? What's the point in all that extra work? if they are going to lose their jumper, they're going to lose their jumper!

BlueKangerooWonders Thu 20-Aug-09 15:43:22

out-source? Do you have a cleaner who'll moonlight?!

brimfull Thu 20-Aug-09 15:44:59

no solution
iron on ones here
i have 3million of them

lynniep Thu 20-Aug-09 15:45:52

just buy some iron on tape, cut it to size and iron them on. either that or staples wink

EldonAve Thu 20-Aug-09 15:45:59


MarmadukeScarlet Thu 20-Aug-09 15:49:10

There is a service at a school shop near me, whereby all your uniform comes with the labels stitched in (I did ask what happens if you have got the size wrong, they unpick the labels for you!)

A mother at a local primary school to me also charges by the hour to do it.

However, I am currently sewing in around as many as you. imho, if I am too much of a snob to use the iron on jobs I should just deal with it!

I have a plaster on my little finger joint, as when I pull the thread tight it has repeatedly cut through my skin. I am using my sewing marathon as an excuse to sit on the sofa in the evenings drinking wine watching old series of NCIS.

doggiesayswoof Thu 20-Aug-09 15:50:31

Staedtler permanent markers are good I find - the ones with nice fine tips.

I have no sewing tips to offer I'm afraid. Ask your mum anyway, wait until she stops laughing and then bribe her convince her you're serious

newlark Thu 20-Aug-09 15:50:50

taggits sound fantastic - how do they work? Are they permanent - can you remove them when you finish with the clothes/hand them on to the next child/charity shop etc?

doggiesayswoof Thu 20-Aug-09 15:52:07

Ooh Marmaduke I like the sound of that shop! classy

BornToFolk Thu 20-Aug-09 15:53:06


NorksNappiesAndNowtElse Thu 20-Aug-09 15:53:57

Taggits keep coming off in the wash for me I may be doing something wrong though...

I don't notice until I get told off by school blush

mrsrawlinson Thu 20-Aug-09 16:14:34

Thanks everyone, I've just ordered some of those Taggit thingumyjigs now. I can already feel my mental health improving!

mrsrawlinson Thu 20-Aug-09 16:17:40

BTW, Marmaduke, that shop of yours sounds wonderful! Do you live in heaven?

ilove Thu 20-Aug-09 16:18:46

How do you put the taggits on?

mrsrawlinson Thu 20-Aug-09 16:21:32

Who cares? No sewing! grin

ilove Thu 20-Aug-09 16:22:49

LOL well yes...but buying a million of them and then discovering the damn things come off because I haven't also bought a gadget-a-doo-dah to get them on with would be pointless!

mrsrawlinson Thu 20-Aug-09 16:54:58

I think they look a bit like a plastic drawing pin that you poke through the fabric, then a lid goes on the other side and you snap off the excess pokey part. No gadget-a-doo-dah required from what I could see.

ilove Thu 20-Aug-09 17:00:11

hmm...which may well render me thumb-and-finger-less given that there's no easy gadget-a-doo-dah!

mrsrawlinson Thu 20-Aug-09 17:05:32

That suits me. Better to sacrifice a few digits than have to sew!

ilove Thu 20-Aug-09 17:28:15

This is very true *ponders whether to just use the marker pen like last year* [lazy slattern emoticon]

toolly Thu 20-Aug-09 17:41:15 only had a week to get DS uniform ready. Could not be faffed with sewing, despite my mum's pursed lips of disapproval. In my defence, I am danger to myself and other people when I sew, so I think they are great. I just put the tag through the label so it doesn't show outside the clothes. Surely it's only independant schools that insist that labels are sewn in? I'd rather do other things with my time.

toolly Thu 20-Aug-09 17:44:26

Meant to add, click on clip ons for the link below (above)? I am spatially confused now because I always flip.

MarmadukeScarlet Thu 20-Aug-09 18:02:22

grin very nearly, mrsr, very nearly.

I'm sure it is not at the schools insistence, but the 'keeping up with the Jones' '

I nearly always buy second hand uniform and judge the way the labels are sewn <perfect blanket stitch around the edge> <ponce of the highest order grin> to make up for my feeling of failure at not buying new stuff (£41.50 for each summer dress <thud>)

NorksNappiesAndNowtElse Thu 20-Aug-09 18:15:57

They come with a special pushy onny device - not essential but saves thumb/shoe/hammer

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