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Date: 10/7/13 8:22 PM

so, I'm making a white button front shirt, and I wanted precise markings for the buttonholes. I want them pretty dark so that I can see them even through the shadow of my clear buttonhole foot. So far, I've tried ordinary pencil (after about 4 washes, it's unnoticeable) and Singer brand carbon paper.
I tested the carbon paper marks on a scrap, and it washed right out, nothing left at all. Then I used it on the shirt and am left with some pretty definite marks. I've only washed it once so far, it may fade with successive washes.
I guess on my next shirt, I'll try thread-tracing, though I loved how fast the carbon paper was. Any other suggestions?

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Date: 10/8/13 1:07 AM

I like the tailors chalk in the plastic holder that has a sharpener in the case. I make sure I mark the beginning and end with a long horizontal line, and of course a vertical line for the length. When all is done, the chalk comes right off with a rolled up knee-high that I keep in my sewing room. No matter the color of chalk, white, blue or red, it always comes off with the nylon knee high!

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Date: 10/8/13 9:05 AM

First off, for your completed shirt, you might try taking it to a dry cleaner. I do alterations for a really good one and he has a variety of chemicals to remove different stains. If you still have fabric scraps, make a tracing paper mark on a scrap and take that in for him to practice on so he doesn't have to worry about ruining your shirt.

I use tailor's chalk in my alterations and it comes out with a little hint of steam or heat from my iron. It actually is not chalk, but a wax type substance. It will leave a wax residue on certain fabrics, like a silky sheer, so test first. For denims, wools, cottons, etc. you can't beat it.

As for the buttonholes, I've used scotch tape. You have to again be careful on sheers, if the adhesive leaves a residue, or distorts the fabric when you remove it. Otherwise, it has a straight edge and you can see it as your needle approaches the end of the buttonhole.

Just some thoughts. Hope that helps.
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Date: 10/8/13 10:13 AM

Sounds as if you may have hit it with an iron and set the markings. I've done that and was really annoyed. Same thing can happen with certain kinds of 'chalk' that actually has wax in it.

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Date: 10/8/13 10:26 AM

Thank you both for the suggestions, I'll try them out. I do have tailor's chalk, but only white, so not very useful for a white shirt.. This carbon paper felt kind of waxy, so maybe the steam iron will help here.
When you use tape, Maripat, do you use 3 pieces, for all the lines of the buttonhole? I bet blue painters tape would come off really easily and be even easier to see.

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Date: 10/8/13 10:28 AM

no iron has touched it, but it did go through the dryer .. after the scrap I tested came so clean, I didn't worry about the shirt itself, so I just threw it in for a full laundry cycle. It's definitely faded, so I have hope that eventually it'll all come out.

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Date: 10/8/13 10:57 AM

There are better products than the Singer brand.

Here is one.

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Date: 10/8/13 4:03 PM

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Any other suggestions?


Sure, 'Space Tape,' shown at the top of this page.

I use this stuff all the time. It's a clear, self-adhesive plastic tape with buttonhole lengths from 1/2" to 7/8" printed on it in bright colors. There are parallel lines indicating the approximate width of the buttonholes, and you just cut off as many of these shapes as you want, center 'em up on your buttonhole positions, and stitch away.

Nothing shifts (Space Tape makes it simple to put buttonholes into wiggly jersey) and the top and bottom of your buttonholes is clearly indicated.

When finished, you simply peel off the remaining film, which leaves no residue.

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