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my transfer paper doesn't show up
Ms. McCall
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Date: 4/7/12 11:46 PM

Hey guys, I'm trying to make some jeans, and I made a muslin, made some adjustments, and now I want to transfer my new pattern to the denim. I'd been using the waxy transfer paper for my test fabric, and it showed up nice and clear, but it looks really faint on the denim. Since I made adjustments to the pattern, I'd love to be able to transfer the sewing line rather than the cutting line, and also be able to transfer marks for pocket placements etc. What do you guys use on denim?

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Date: 4/8/12 1:00 AM

I use tailor tacks to mark points.
For lines, I use a Chaco chalk marker. The lines brush off fairly quickly but they last long enough if I am careful when handling the pieces.

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Date: 4/8/12 4:09 AM

Are you using the white waxed paper? I use a Chakoner chalk marking thing but that's for cutting lines. Can you cut off the seam allowance of the muslin? If not, you can put the muslin on top with stitching lines up, fashion fabric on the bottom. hold a ruler on the stitching line and use a piece of chalk in between the layers against the ruler. You can also use a pin tracing wheel if you want to transfer it to paper first.

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Date: 4/8/12 7:03 AM

On the wrong side of the denim, I use a fine black artline pen or sharpie. Doesn't bleed, can't be seen from the right side nor has it given me any probs in the wash. For back pocket markings that need to be transferred to the right side I use a pin and chalk set. You push the pin through and rub a connecting chalk handle on the right side and it leaves a little dot. (Sorry, I wish I could remember what they are called.) For the fly topstitching line, I use a template stuck to the right side of the fabric with masking tape. Leave it there and sew or chalk it in if I wish.

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Date: 4/8/12 12:36 PM

Thanks guys! So many great suggestions. It's funny how easy it is to get stuck on this kind of thing.

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Date: 4/8/12 5:39 PM

Hi! You might try Dritz wax-free tracing paper, it is chalk instead of wax. Perhaps it will move over to the denim more readily for you. Also, try both your wheels, serrated and blunt, to see which is best. I also use a combo of tailors tacks and marking pens and pencils (quilters white and silver, washable, washout, fadeout, lots of choices). Keep at it and happy sewing!

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Date: 4/10/12 3:12 PM

It turned out the chalky paper did work better than the waxy one on the denim. I used the Saral transfer paper since I have a whole roll of it. Thanks for the advice guys

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