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Posted on: 8/20/09 7:59 AM
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When thread tracing the center line for a buttonhole, sometimes it's easier to see that line if you use a different color thread. But then you might have the problem of not being able to remove all that thread because of the density of the buttonhole stitch. So I've almost always used the same color thread as my buttonhole will be.

But recently I made a white linen blouse and discovered that these tired old eyes just can't see "white on white" very well anymore.

So I took my washable marking pen (already tested to be sure the color will all come out), and colored a piece of white thread and used that for my thread tracing. I did this tracing by hand stitching it. Now it won't matter if I get all my thread tracing out of the buttonhole, because when I wet it the color will be gone and it won't be visible anyway.

My pen says "Miracle Tailor's Pencil" and it is made in Japan. I've had it for quite some time and don't remember where I got it - probably Nancy's Notions.

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ryansmumAria said... (8/20/09 8:44 PM) Reply
so clever! Thanks.
Bunsnpigs said... (8/20/09 10:21 AM) Reply
Ooh, what a lovely idea. Thank you.
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