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Posted on: 5/31/06 10:45 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 8 people   Very Helpful by 22 people   
I made a major mistake on a white shirt with white thread--virtually impossible to see the stitching, much less rip *it* and not the shirt fabric. To make it more visible, I rubbed my blue tailor chalk up and down the stitching. This created some contrast and I was able to see what I was doing.

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Sistah said... (7/6/09 2:43 AM) Reply
I don't know how hard this is. Great tip. Will sure to use it in the future. Thanks
vickie v. said... (9/14/06 3:16 PM) Reply
This is a very good idea. It also works when satin stitching an applique.
Bluebell said... (7/15/06 6:54 AM) Reply
As time goes on I find it harder and harder to see stitches for ripping out... I will try this one the next time .. Thank you.
lindarkv said... (6/24/06 10:41 PM) Reply
I am going to try this on my next black-on-black mistake!
BeckyW said... (6/2/06 11:29 PM) Reply
Very smart!!! Thanks for the tip.
Jan B. said... (6/1/06 1:54 PM) Reply
VERY good idea. Thank you for the tip. . .now to remember it at the appropriate time!!
carolynw said... (6/1/06 9:26 AM) Reply
Really good idea - I think we have all been caught on that more than once. Another little trick I have been using may also be helpful which is to use a bobbin thread that is just slightly different from the needle thread and fabric so in case of mistakes it is easy to see where to unpick.
hongkongshopper said... (6/1/06 5:09 AM) Reply
Sophiecat said... (6/1/06 2:36 AM) Reply
I agree with Cathy - black on black is the worst! Now I understand why my mother HATED working on black as she got older. One way I have found to tackle something like this is to use LOTS of light, and wear both reading glasses AND a stereo magnifier such as an Optivisor (NAYY). Thanks for the tip - it should work just as well on black. Regards, Sophiecat
Cathy Loves Fabric said... (5/31/06 3:23 PM) Reply
I'll try your tip the next time I'm ripping black thread and black fabric. Thanks, that's ingenious!
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