Maybe I’m just sensitive, but a scratchy label is enough to keep me from enjoying a garment. Even when I occasionally buy a prestige brand, the ego stroke isn’t enough to overcome the annoyance of that darned label. But I’ve ruined a few garments by cutting the fabric instead of the thread when removing a label. Then a professional seamstress showed me this trick.
Use a sharp single-edge razor blade. I know, it sounds scary. I argued with her until I tried it. It works for nearly every situation that involves removing stitches, but here’s how to use it for labels:
- Cut between the face of the label and the little turned-under bit. The middle area is easiest place to start, since both ends are likely to be back-stitched. Use the tip of the blade, keeping as flat against the fabric as possible.
- When that middle area is un-done, you can pull the layers (tag and garment) apart and carefully cut each remaining stitch. Work the blade against the label, not the garment and go one stitch at a time.
- AAAHHHH. Comfy at last!
Labels aren’t the only things you can remove with this method. I’d pulled this casual dress out of my off-season closet for a quick holiday get-away to the Florida panhandle. You may have seen it before, because I already talked (in my Craftsy class) about removing the bottom two pockets to eliminate the hip-line horizontal they created. When I wore it on the trip, I didn’t like the top pockets either. I wanted every bit of emphasis to go to the center front vertical of the decorative zipper and the newly-tapered skirt. Razor blade to the rescue – what do you think of the results?
What unflattering details in your own wardrobe could you eliminate this way?