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Posted on: 4/3/03 4:39 AM
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O.k., here's a tip I got from my friend Saskia.
Use sharpend soap bars ( the tiny bit, that is always left and too small to wash your hands with ) to mark your fabric, so you can be sure, that your markings will wash away easily. A great way to mark delicate fabrics too.
It doesn't matter what colour your soap has, it will always leave a white line and the soap can be sharpend just by "washing" your hands with it.
Hotelrooms often offer these little soap bars. They are great for this purpose, because they are small and so you ave reduced it to the propper thickness soon.

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Sunflower Ann said... (9/2/03 12:18 PM) Reply
I've been using soap "scraps" for years to mark my fabric. To sharpen your soap, use a potato peeler. They are perfect. I keep one in my studio all the time.
jen said... (5/2/03 1:27 AM) Reply
This is one of the best tips I have ever heard and so simple - why didn't we all think of it.
Shannon Gifford said... (4/10/03 10:47 AM) Reply
A note of caution; be sure to test the fabric to be sure the soap will wash out. Some soaps have oils which do not come out easily. In particular, those which are marketed to produce "soft skin" are suspect in this regard. Always best to test first......or you might be sorry later!:)
Barbara J said... (4/8/03 4:12 AM) Reply
Tini, I use this method too, so much better than chalk, just used it on black even the right side with no problem. Was recently at a motel and would have brought some home if I had thought of using these tiny bars specifically.
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