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Transferring marks from pattern pieces to fabric
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Date: 4/30/13 4:51 PM

What tools/supplies do you use to transfer marks from pattern pieces to fabric? I'm thinking that surely there has been improvement in ways to do this since my home ec classes in school (which was quite a while ago). When I go to JoAnn's I get overwhelmed with all of the supplies/notions they have. But, there is nobody there I can ask about which ones are best or how to use them. So, I'm hoping others will share with me how they do it or point me to a web site or youtube video that I can watch.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Date: 4/30/13 4:55 PM

For the notches on the edges of the pattern, I just clip about 1/4 inch
Markings inside the piece, I either tailor tack or mark with pins and chalk

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Date: 4/30/13 4:58 PM

tailor tack????

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Date: 4/30/13 5:33 PM

Tailor Tack
I don't remember when I learned to do this but it works great, easy to see and remove

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Date: 4/30/13 6:32 PM

It depends on what I'm marking - both the fabric and the type of mark (dots, darts, notches, etc.).

I always cut my notches "out" (away from the piece - more like a little tab). Just something I learned as a kid. It gives more wiggle room for adjustment. But if I wanted to serge the pieces before assembly, obviously I'd need some other method.

For dots, darts, etc. I use chalk pencils, disappearing ink (including washable), even "regular" (graphite) pencils, depending on the fabric. I've recently bought some tailor's chalk, but haven't tried it yet. And for craft items (i.e., not garments) I have used ball point pen. (Shhh, don't tell, lol>)

Usually I will stick a pin through the pattern, and mark that spot. For straight darts, I mark the point and where it hits the edge of the fabric, then use a ruler to connect those points.

Sometimes for dots I will use my ruler (that has a hole in it) - line it up under the paper pattern, remove the paper, fill in the circle w/ chalk pencil/marker. I've heard some people (who use tag to cut out final versions of their patterns) punch a hole where the dots are, and cut out the dart. I haven't tried anything like that yet.

If you use tailor's tacks, it doesn't matter which side of the fabric to trace the lines/dots, but most of the time, you want to marks on the reverse/back/"wrong" side. Read all the instructions (before marking), and if there are any marks that you need to see from the "right" side be sure those are marked where you will be able to see them.

Here's a video that shows what I mean by "stick a pin through the pattern." But for the darts, I would also use my ruler to connect the dots. I like to have a line to follow when I sew.
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Date: 5/1/13 10:12 AM

I use these too. Eighth grade home ec sounds about right!

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Date: 5/1/13 10:17 AM

I, too, use the "stick a pin through the pattern" technique. Great video suggestion!

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Date: 5/1/13 12:40 PM

Thanks for the video suggestions. I'm a very visual person so they helped a lot. When using a marker, I'm assuming that the marks disappear once the item is washed....right? So, the markers are not permanent??

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Date: 5/3/13 4:15 AM

If you use disappearing or washable marking pens, remove any marks that will show on the finished garment before pressing or ironing, the heat may make them permanent.

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Date: 5/3/13 8:45 AM

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Tailor Tack

I don't remember when I learned to do this but it works great, easy to see and remove

Saw that coming before I opened the discussion.

I also use both the pin with chalk as well as the mysterious TT.

I run a straight pin down through the dot on the tissue and both layers of the fabric and then mark.

Use to have a marker (looked like a small seam ripper with a lid until it was opened) that was in two sections. It had chalk in both sections with a pin sticking out of one chalk. You placed the section with the pin through the dot on the tissue and the fabric and connected on the other side of the bottom fabric layer with the second section which was open in the center to accept the pin. You then gave it a twist and the fabric was marked! Wished they still made this type of chalk marker. So much for nostalgia!

PS: Watched about three minutes of the video after my original post and right away took note that it was "Mom" who knew all about TT and the pin and mark method!


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