(1) SEW LABEL WITH EMBROIDERY MACHINE:
I have a Janome Memory Craft 350E.
Use a sturdy fabric; be sure to use a stabilizer sheet.
It will look best
if you use the same thread for top and bobbin.
Here, I'm using hoop B (5.5" x 7.9").
I purchased a block font; the built-in fonts don't have parentheses!
Make sure there's at least 1" fabric above/below the top/bottom stitching,
and at least 2" fabric to the left/right of the stitching.
(2) REMOVE HOOP; CUT CONNECTING THREADS:
Trim all the connecting threads between the letters.
Here's my technique for doing this:
(3) CUT MATCHING TOP/BOTTOM PIECES:
Trim your label to the desired size: at a MINIMUM, leave 1" from the stitching on top/bottom, and 2" from the stitching on left/right.
If you plan to use paper clips to attach your labels,
then make sure the height is at least: paper clip height + ½"
If you want bigger margins around your stitching, that's fine.
Using your top piece as a pattern, cut a bottom piece exactly the same size.
(4) SEW ONE SIDE SEAM; FINISH ALL RAW EDGES:
Some of the stitching in this step will show in the final product, so use a thread color you're happy with.
If you're doing more than one label at a time, use chaining on this step to speed things up.
Put top/bottom right sides together, and sew ONE end with a 3/8" seam.
Open up to get one long piece.
Finish all four raw edges by turning over slightly and zigzagging, in this order:
(5) ZIGZAG TOP/BOTTOM,
LEAVING POCKETS FOR PAPER CLIPS:
Match up the top/bottom pieces, with right sides out. Put a pin ¾" from each end, to keep the pieces matched up properly AND as a marker for where to start/stop zigzags (next).
Locking stitches securely at both beginning and end, use a tight zigzag [Carol: utility stitch #8, density 0.6] to zigzag the top and bottom over the existing zigzag stitches BETWEEN the pins. (Thus, there is ¾" open on all four ends for paper clip insertion.)
(6) CUT CARDBOARD, INSERT, ZIGZAG SHUT:
Cut a piece of cardboard with both height and width ¾" smaller than the label.
Insert the cardboard.
Zigzag the end closed. Done!