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So disgusted, it doesn't work!
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Date: 7/6/14 11:25 AM

I purchased a Dritz Chalk Hem Marker from WAWAK some time ago as I have no one to help me with marking hems and finally got it out and put together.
I was finishing a skirt last night to wear to an event, put the skirt on, set up the marker, AND...it didn't work. Nothing came out the slot where the chalk is supposed to come out! The air wanted to puff out anyplace else it could except the slot. So disgusted!
I wasted time taking chalk cup apart and putting back three times and I even took a knife an stuck it in the slot thinking maybe it was just somehow blocked, but nothing worked.
By the time I would pay for shipping to send it back, as it would be a good sized box, I guess I may as well forget it.
I have seen suggestions about putting builders chalk on a string and fastening that across a doorway. I checked that out once and that chalk can only be purchased in a fairly large quantity, is toxic, and may leave marks.
This chalk that I have is messy, too. The first time I tried the marker the top of little cup "puffed" off and the chalk went on the floor.
I know my skirts usually hang a little in the back so really wanted to mark it, rather than just guess. My dress form was really inexpensive and I don't trust it to really replicate my shape.
So what's the answer? Just guess at it, I guess, unless someone knows what I might be doing wrong.

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Date: 7/6/14 11:46 AM

Gertie has got a good tutorial on how to easily mark a hem. I've used it myself with good results.

If your shape is different to your dress form it might be still worth trying this technique, then putting your dress on the check the level of adjustment required. I haven't had much success with my chalk marker either, and it has remained unused!

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Date: 7/6/14 12:04 PM

Thanks! I will check that out.
This one got the best reviews but it sure didn't work for me. It was around $15 as I recall.
The only other thing I can think of is try to fasten a water soluble marker to it somehow at a hems width below where you want the hemline.

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Ruckertt's Law; There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

Bernina 1230 Bernette 007D
Brother CS6000i Brother 2340 CV
New Home L372
Singer 221K (off white)
U.S Blindstitch, Model SL 718/2D
Simplicity SE2
Brother 700II

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Date: 7/6/14 12:09 PM

The link to Gertie's tutorial didn't work, just shows a black rectangle. I see it is from 2010, may that's why. Will search it out another way.Thanks.

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Bernina 1230 Bernette 007D
Brother CS6000i Brother 2340 CV
New Home L372
Singer 221K (off white)
U.S Blindstitch, Model SL 718/2D
Simplicity SE2
Brother 700II

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Date: 7/6/14 1:04 PM

The link worked for me.

Link directly to you tube.

here

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Date: 7/6/14 1:20 PM

Thanks! That worked.
But still will have to depend on dress form, but better than just guessing.
I found a tip on PR about just using school chalk on a string, too. Sure wish the marker would have worked. IME a great idea but a piece of junk. I also bought extra refills for the darn thing. What a waste. Trying to figure a way to use that chalk on a string.

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Ruckertt's Law; There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

Bernina 1230 Bernette 007D
Brother CS6000i Brother 2340 CV
New Home L372
Singer 221K (off white)
U.S Blindstitch, Model SL 718/2D
Simplicity SE2
Brother 700II

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Date: 7/6/14 1:20 PM

I'd contact Wawak, they have phenomenal customer service and will set it right. I don't have any other suggestions for your problem though. Hope your marker is simply a lemon and you get a working one soon.

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Date: 7/6/14 1:56 PM

I have this marker and it puffs. I'd call Wawak.

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Date: 7/6/14 2:07 PM

If air wants to come out anyplace else but what it's supposed to on something, that's because it's backed in some way, and clogged up. Probably if it even got very humid that might happen with sewing chalk. So I think that means if you want the exact one you got to work, you would have to take it apart, take the bulb off it, clear that hose line, and even maybe the place the chalk is in too. Then when the air could flow through, and if the chalk was still dust, and not all "glommed together" it probably would work.

I don't think you really have to use real chalk on a string though, if you want to do it that way, you probably could use anything, even like some white talcum or baby powder if your fabric was dark enough. I don't use a hem marker though, so I don't have one. I just wear the real garment in front of a mirror and if it does not hang straight on me, I just pin it up so it does, it might take several try's (and I might put it on and off me more than once to do that) but it still happens and occurs. So, I don't think everyone even uses any kind of measuring device as in exact inches up from the floor, and lots of people probably just eyeball it and level more like that instead even.

You could tape a piece of blackboard chalk or even a soft lead pencil to a table or onto a chair anyplace too, and just stand next to it, and stop and press it to a skirt in a bunch of places as you turned around I would guess, but have not tried that.

I do "unclog things" around my house all the time though, from fish pond lines, to vac cleaners, to kitchen and bathroom sinks, to the actual lines to the sewer in the ground, so that's how I know yours must just be clogged up. If it was not, then the air would be moving in the direction and out where it was supposed to.
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Date: 7/6/14 2:18 PM

Thanks.
Yes, that's what I thought, that the slot was blocked. I tried to scrape it out with a thin knife. Air is getting into it but not coming out the slot.
And yes, I do all kinds of household repairs, even some mower and automotive! I am a widow and have no one to help.( I used to sell and do tune-ups and repairs on sewing machines, too.)
Re the chalk, I was trying to figure out a use for the extra refills I bought.
Also, I forgot that although I was planning on getting this from WAWAK, but actually ended up getting it from JoAnns when notions were on sale. They won't take it back now. They have a time limit and you MUST have a receipt.

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Ruckertt's Law; There is nothing so small that it can't be blown out of proportion.

Bernina 1230 Bernette 007D
Brother CS6000i Brother 2340 CV
New Home L372
Singer 221K (off white)
U.S Blindstitch, Model SL 718/2D
Simplicity SE2
Brother 700II

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