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Posted on: 4/2/06 11:56 PM
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This tip is a fast and accurate way to mark and sew a basic straight-sided dart such as found at a skirt waistline. When it's time to mark the pattern piece for the dart placement, put a dot on the fabric at opposite ends of the dart -- one at each seam end of the dart and another at the point. You've just marked the 3 points of the triangle. (My preferred method is to pierce the fabric with a straight pin at the circles. I gently separate the two fabric pieces just enough to see the pin on the inside. I then use a marker with disappearing ink to dot the spot on each piece.)

When it's time to sew the dart, pull the thread through your machine needle so that it has a tail maybe 6-8" long. Fold the dart so that the seam end dots coincide. Insert the machine needle into your starting point. Bring the thread tail around to the front and use your finger to hold it at the dot on the dart point. This thread provides you a perfectly straight line to use as a guide for sewing the dart accurately.

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Niecytoo said... (6/11/07 4:38 PM) Reply
Now why didn't I think of that?! Very helpful hint.
Ronda Rae said... (4/22/06 7:35 PM) Reply
Clever! I'll have to try this
vasallese said... (4/3/06 7:53 PM) Reply
I've used thread as a guideline in crosstich, never thought to use it in regular sewing, too. Thanks.
Sadlesor said... (4/3/06 11:05 AM) Reply
Clever yet simple to accomplish. Will remember this tip for my next project...thanks
AndreaP said... (4/3/06 10:15 AM) Reply
Great tip! I'm going to use this one, too.
martinanne said... (4/3/06 6:01 AM) Reply
Great idea to get a nice straight line! Thanks.
Cloud9 said... (4/3/06 0:26 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for sharing this tip. This is the most clever idea for darts yet and I can't wait to try it.
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