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Date: 9/16/12 1:43 PM

I've been sewing for several months. As I get past the "Let's make a potholder for Bernadette" and into more serious patterns, I am dumbfounded by why sewers so often use methods other a pattern punch to produce dot markings. It certainly can't be the price--only several dollars, and yet when I first began, and was reading every book I could get, I heard sewers espousing far more time consuming and less effective methods. Am I missing something?

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Date: 9/16/12 4:23 PM

what is a pattern punch?

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Date: 9/16/12 4:46 PM

And that kinda says it, doesn't it...?

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Date: 9/16/12 5:17 PM

I would not use one for me at all. For a couple of reasons. One is that I would not always even have something tough underneath the fabric to hammer a punch into, that would not get wrecked. Like a dining room table or even one of those cardboard folding cutting matt's just sitting on top of a bed or maybe on my carpeted living room floor.

The other is I just don't want holes in my fabric in those places at all. I prefer some kind of less permanent mark instead, just because I don't want a hole at the end of a dart in the middle of some fabric, because what am I going to be doing with that hole there later, if I decide I don't want to sew my dart like that, after trying it on first? I think if it's a knit and had a hole there, not even in the dart anymore, it would look bad and might run or if a woven I still don't want a hole there, and then maybe would fray. Ditto to mark things even in my seam allowances. Just because when Itried my garment on for real while making it, I might later decide I need those seam allowances more intat and hole-less and even with no clips cut into them, in case I needed that extra fabric in the seam allowance to make it fit me better in the end. If I punched a bunch of holes in it, I might run out of useable fabric there. Maybe not an issue at all though, if you are making the same thing over and over again, and know any holes or clips won't matter in the end at all.

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Date: 9/16/12 5:35 PM

I have tried both methods... using a punch and either marking with a removable pen or cutting out tabs based on the pattern and I am NOT leaning towards the punch.

First of all, they can be VERY hard to find depending on the fabric. Second, you may need that extra 1/8" of fabric to complete your garment. Third, you've now got a small cut in the fabric from which it can run or cause other issues.

So, I think it's a personal preference and I just thing FOR ME with MOST fabrics, it's just not the best way to go.

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Date: 9/17/12 11:34 PM

Hmmm...

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Date: 9/17/12 11:36 PM

These is no need to use a hammer. It's like one of those single hole paper punches.

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Date: 9/17/12 11:39 PM

I'm too much of a novice to know to even care about an 1/8th of an inch. Heck, I routinely am off at lest that much.

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Date: 10/4/12 6:18 PM

I do NOT want any extra unfinished edges or holes in my fabric. I like to be able to make last minute adjustments in darts and seam allowances if I need/want to.

I know I used tracing paper and a wheel when I was a kid, but it just seemed so messy. I've seen some pattern recently where I've considered trying it again, though. I use either chalk (usually a chalk pencil) or the disappearing/washable ink marker.

I have never tried tailor's tacks for the reasons you mention (time consuming and perhaps less effective).

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Date: 10/4/12 6:29 PM

Are you talking about a pattern punch for making a hole in your oak tag pattern for hanging? Or are we talking a drill hole like they do in factories to mark cut fabric pieces ex. just inside a dart end?

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