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Tips & Techniques > 1/4 and 1/2 inch masking tape

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Posted on: 7/1/09 6:22 AM
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I recently went to a little shop that sells industrial machines and supplies and was happy to see masking tapes on the shelf in many colors and sizes.
I have been searching high and low for 1/4 inch tape so that I could sew zippers by using the tape as a guideline for each side of the zipper seam. I found some at an artist supply but it cost almost 10 dollars which I happily paid since I was tired of looking for something that did not seem to exist.
The tape at the little shop came in a variety of colors and I thought about how helpful it would be do use it while draping on my dressform to set the style lines as well as using for zippers.
The best part is the cost - 1 dollar for 1/4 inch and 2 dollars for 1/2inch.

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mellian said... (7/2/09 1:05 PM) Reply
Quarter inch tape is routinely sold in quilting shops for marking seam allowances. It is inexpensive. It is also sold at JoAnn's.
ryansmumAria said... (7/2/09 7:59 AM) Reply
Airedales, I don't know the name and they don't have mail order. sorry. I recall seeing black and red tape online somewhere though for draping garments. It was cheap, only 4 dollars for both, I recall reading that Project Runway increased the popularity of its sales. Petro, I would also cut my painter's tape the same way and I was desperate to find the tape as it annoyed me to have to cut it out but it is better than nothing...
petro said... (7/2/09 2:40 AM) Reply
can't get that here, but use a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat to get myself strips the right width for various sewing tasks.
2 Airedales n Me said... (7/2/09 0:21 AM) Reply
Do you recall the name of the store you found this in? Wondering if they mail-order...?
MadMenFanlinda said... (7/1/09 9:48 AM) Reply
I have bought it in the paint department at hardware stores too. The 1/4 inch comes in handy.
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