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Posted on: 7/31/09 6:39 PM
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This idea is late in coming - why I didn't think to do this decades ago baffles me.
I often miss a lot of those pattern markings that make sewing a pain and yet makes putting together a garment so much easier.

I took a highlighter and marked the squares, circles and triangles so I could find them easier. I colored them in after I cut the pattern pieces out and before I placed them on the fabric.

WOW! That really makes a difference as they are now demanding to be paid attention to. I either french tack them, or chalk/ink them or ignore them(lazy moments).

You could color coordinate them if your one of those extremely meticulous types and lot's of stitchers are!

I stand corrected-
Thank you! You're right -it's a tailor tack not french tack.
Thanks for the translation....

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Charrlie said... (8/2/09 2:33 AM) Reply
Thank you so much katie lynne
katie lynne said... (8/1/09 4:56 PM) Reply
Thanks for this Lightbulb Moment! I can't wait to try it! Charrlie, I think what ryansmum really meant is to use a tailors' tack to mark where the symbols fall. :o) Here's a good online resource to look sewing techniques up:
Charrlie said... (8/1/09 3:24 PM) Reply
What is french tack?
Stilltheone said... (8/1/09 12:07 PM) Reply
Great idea!!! Thanks.
monijo said... (8/1/09 11:09 AM) Reply
And they say you can't teach and old dog new tricks. Well, I have learned something today. Thanks!
kws said... (8/1/09 8:57 AM) Reply
excellent idea
petro said... (8/1/09 4:46 AM) Reply
Good idea. When I draft a 'proper' pattern, I tend to number my balance marks, so that 1 goes to 1 , 2 goes to 2 etc. This is partly so I don't get lost in the drafting process when its a complicated piece, but mainly so I can remember how the bits go together when I come back to an old pattern. Its especially useful when the pattern pieces end up a strange, unrecognisable shape because of drapes or shape lines.
Sewnsewmom said... (8/1/09 0:04 AM) Reply
Great idea!
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