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Posted on: 8/9/10 11:57 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 5 people   Very Helpful by 27 people   
Marking the matching notches for pants that need edge finish (e.g., overlock or serging the edge) before sewing the seams. My "disappearing pen" ink didn't disappear on the test scrap, so I was in a bind.

I tried using some blue painter's tape and cut triangles from the edges, then placed the triangles inside the seam allowance, so that my serger wouldn't cut them off before I needed to see where they lined up. I placed the '"point" of each triangle to correspond with the point of the notch.
The tape remained in place during the overlock step. Joining the front and back seams was easy, and the tape pulled right off, and did not leave any marks or color.

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ctirish said... (9/18/11 11:15 PM) Reply
I am going to try this one with my next project.
RockNRoll said... (8/26/10 11:30 PM) Reply
This is brilliant!!!!! Thank you so much for this! You can also use this for your sewing machine sewing. You can mark the tape too for tips LOL make notes :) I am going to try this next project
missmarple said... (8/16/10 4:24 PM) Reply
I've seen this tip somewhere before, but thanks - I don't have to go looking for it again. It does work very well.
missmarple said... (8/16/10 4:23 PM) Reply
I've seen this tip somewhere before, but thanks - I don't have to go looking for it again. It does work very well.
Jane Jane said... (8/13/10 2:06 AM) Reply
Did your serger cut off the points of the tape and if so, did it mess up the serged edge? Jane
Nancy Rhodes said... (8/12/10 7:40 PM) Reply
Best tip of the year! I have a roll of lime-green light-tack tape I use for all sorts of sewing things.. but never thought of this use. Thanks! to return your favor, I use a strip of my green tape stuck on my machine heads as a place to note what size needle is in use since I can't remember stuff so well at times.... I hate it when i serge over my careful s.a. snips and my marks are gone... thank you for an excellent solution.
eileen said... (8/11/10 3:21 PM) Reply
Great idea - I never thought of doing that.
MarianS said... (8/11/10 2:29 PM) Reply
Way cool!
ryansmumAria said... (8/10/10 11:43 PM) Reply
ooh, i like this! thank you
quathy said... (8/10/10 6:39 PM) Reply
Great idea! I always forget about notch marks when I serge - this will help a lot!
Barbara3 said... (8/10/10 2:31 PM) Reply
Another great use of this tape!
Bunny7 said... (8/10/10 11:11 AM) Reply
Great idea. Thanks for the tip. You should send it in to Threads.
Patti B said... (8/10/10 9:57 AM) Reply
More uses for this wonderful stuff! Thanks.
Susannah said... (8/10/10 9:14 AM) Reply
Thanks! I will purchase a roll and try this.
KathySews said... (8/10/10 8:34 AM) Reply
great idea - I have a roll in my sewing room
Maripat said... (8/10/10 6:44 AM) Reply
Love that!
SandiMacD said... (8/10/10 0:54 AM) Reply
I am new to making boys pants and this tip is a great problem solver. Much easier on my aging eyes than trying to see a marker line.
 
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