... I don't use Spray either... =)... I just make sure the stabilizer is hooped tight enough, and tape my ribbon unto the stabilizer. Only tape both ends down. I forgot the name of the tape (it's a double-sided tape) but I bought it at Hancocks and it's super strong holding the ribbon down without interruptions i.e moving and such.
ETA: I use Schmet Needle #75/11 =) (it's the only needle, brand and number, that i use when i embroider ribbons.