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Tracing Darts (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: AnneM
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Posted on: 3/21/07 5:35 AM
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I am making a dress with a number of double pointed darts, which means that the darts are in the middle of the piece of fabric. Since I use a rotary cutter, I'm not on a surface that I can stick pins into (which is a fairly easy way to mark the darts: stick pin in, lift up pattern piece & fabric pieces, mark).

AFTER I did all my darts, I had the idea to make a little dart template.

- w/ a piece of tracing paper, trace the dart & cut it out.
- mark the end points of the dart (put pin through - & hold it if you are on a hard surface & it won't stay on it's own; lift up paper & fabric; mark bottom piece; mark top piece)
- remove pattern piece, then place your template so it matches the end points you marked
- trace around the template for a complete dart marking

This is only worth doing for those darts that aren't at the edge of your fabric, or perhaps even the edge ones if they are curved. But if you have a TNT pattern with lots of darts, I think this will make it easier.
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Nancywin said...
Great tip Anne. This would definitely save the wear and tear on the pattern. I try to punch or cut hole at the end points so that I can mark them without tearing up the pattern. Making the template will help with that perfect curve. Thanks!
3/21/07 10:04 AM
Donna H said...
This is what makes this site so great...you learn the simple things from others. Great tip Anne...!! AND I rated it!! :)
3/21/07 11:25 AM
Linda G said...
wow wny didn't I think of that!!!1
3/21/07 4:42 PM
Barbara R said...
So simple.... but brilliant! Thanks.
3/22/07 1:40 AM
SimsSews said...
Great idea! Now I'll know how to do it BEFORE I do it. LOL and many thanks.
3/22/07 11:13 AM
ryan's mom said...
Great tip! What a common sense way to do it too :) .
3/22/07 4:01 PM
SewTwin said...
Great tip, sewing tooooo many years, and never thought of this. Especially when you do many darts on a pattern, plus they might all end up the same size!
3/24/07 2:51 AM

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