One Way to Sew Labels Into Sweaters

The very first thing I sewed our new Sewaholic clothing labels into was a handknit sweater! Actually, that’s not true. I sewed some into a few samples I was working on, by machine. This is the first label I sewed in by hand, into a garment that’s going into my closet!
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I’m planning to share some posts on how to sew labels into garments. At first it seems like an obvious thing, but there are many different ways you can sew labels into your projects!

The first choice is whether to sew them by hand, or by machine. For hand-knit sweaters, I like to sew them in by hand so I can be sure I’m catching the yarn of the sweater. It’s easy for sweaters to slip under the presser foot if you’re using your sewing machine.

For this sweater, I did a sort of bar tack on each side of the label. The labels are pre-folded with end folds, which means there’s already a folded seam allowance on each of the short sides.

Sewaholic Patterns Clothing Labels - One of a Kind

You can sew a straight row of stitching exactly where you would by machine, that’s another great method. I decided to sew a whipstitch around the folded edge of the label, placing the stitches close together so it would look like a bar tack.

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Pin your label in place at both ends. I placed mine in the most common position, at the centre back neck.

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Start at one end of your label and use a hand-sewing needle. I used doubled thread so my bar tack would look thicker.

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Go round and round the edge of the label, making sure to catch the yarn of your sweater. The looser-knit your sweater is, the more careful you have to be to make sure you’re catching it in the label stitching.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Isn’t that lovely? Now when you take off your sweater, everyone will know that it’s one of a kind.

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I’ll show other ways of sewing labels, as this certainly isn’t the only way to do it! But if you want the stitching to be visible and thick, this method works.

Like these labels? Get them here. Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

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19 Responses to One Way to Sew Labels Into Sweaters

  1. Jaime June 27, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Good timing, I’m just about to do this! Are you sewing around the strands of yarn, or through them? I keep thinking the thread will show on the outside.

    • Tasia June 30, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      I am sewing through the strands of yarn, spearing the middle with my needle. It doesn’t show if you take a bite through the inside of the yarn, almost like hand-sewing a garment,where you aim to only grab threads from the inside of the work.

      • Jaime July 5, 2014 at 10:04 am #

        That makes sense, thanks!

  2. sonia June 27, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    That’s my favourite label, hope it stays in stock for a while, it’s on my wish list. I notice the label is turned back once, does that mean the ends are sealed and won’t fray?

    • sonia June 27, 2014 at 7:45 am #

      I re-read your original post, heat sealed edges! (that didn’t go in first read). Have to have some now, no double folding the edges.

      • Tasia June 30, 2014 at 10:14 am #

        Yup, heat-sealed edges!

    • Tasia June 30, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      We’re really low on that one! Less than 10 sets I believe. :) But I will definitely order more since it was so popular!

      • sonia June 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

        Thanks, ordered packed and awaiting shipment! (And a Hollyburn and sewaholic labels, why not)

        • Tasia June 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

          Sweet – thank you very much!

  3. Amanda June 27, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Love this! Bookmarked.

  4. karen June 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    I have a question about sweater knit fabric . Having neither the patience or skill to knit, I have purchased some pretty darn heavy weight /bulky Italian knits by the yard. I am wondering if there is a way to finish side seams etc. without using my serger and wooly nylon , if instead ,there is a way to effectively whip stitch or otherwise hand stitch the sections together instead of squishing these lofty, fuzzy knits through a serger ? There seem to be no tutorials anywhere about sewing this category of bulky knitwear . Thanks , I hope you have some insight .

    • Tasia June 30, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      I don’t have a lot of experience working with bulky sweater knit fabrics. I’d default to using my serger if it could eat through the knit with the blade. I’d be worried that hand-stitching would not be strong enough to hold over the long term. If it were me, I’d make some test seams and really test them out – pull on them, stretch them, wash them, and see what works. Good luck!

  5. Oda O June 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    Great, thank you. I am hooked on your lovely blog! ;)

    I use to very carefully heat-seal the edges with a match, thus omit the turn back of the label, but only quick before it really melts or blacken.

    As for stitches, A single cross-stitch in each of the four corners are both work-effective and elegant! Lure the long hoop of thread, between the cross-pair on each side, through the lettering on the backside of your label.

    • Tasia June 30, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      That is a really nice idea, the cross-stitch in each corner! I might try that on my next sweater. :)

  6. mason June 29, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    I have a question about my sewing machine.
    I have been very happy with a Singer Touch and Sew 626. The machine was built around 1966. I have not had any problems with it until just recently. The bobbin thread was all gnarled. I took it in for service and was told I would need a new ‘bobbin winder drive’ . The part would have to be ordered and it would cost $65. Labor would cost $150.
    I could buy a new machine for around $100 – but should I? I’m not inclined – but am I being impractical? I do household sewing – I want something practical and durable. I really want to keep my old machine, but is that practical?
    I would really like your opinion.
    Thanks!

    • Tasia June 30, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Mason! If it were me, and you love the machine, I would get it fixed. A new machine that costs around $100 will be of lesser quality than your old machine, I’d imagine. Especially if you can still get parts for the old machine and it is possible to fix it, that’s what I’d do. Older machines have metal parts not plastic and are simpler to maintain – no computerized bits. Besides, old machines have so much personality. That’s my recommendation!

      • mason June 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

        UPDATE: Thank you. I went to pick up my machine – and they had misplaced the power supply/presser foot cord. I am surprised at how upset I am about this – but I really am! Hope they find it SOON!! Then I’m never going back there again! I will look around to find a more reasonably priced repair shop if I can’t figure out how to repair it myself. Thank you for the feed back!!! Sew on!!

  7. Amy June 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    These look lovely! Especially in a handmade sweater! Will definitely be treating myself to some of these later :-)

  8. Leah August 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Hi there — I’ve been looking to find a way to sew my labels on my finished dresses dresses that were already lined. How do I sew them to the lining without going through the second layer and showing in the stitching in the back of the dress? Any advice is great!