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Posted on: 9/7/10 7:36 AM
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I just made a pair of fly front pants out of stretch corduroy. It's a difficult thing to get a nice, smooth fly topstitching line while trying to avoid the zipper stop and sewing over the bias or curved part of the topstitching. I just cut a piece of blue painters' tape using the topstitching guide as a template. I stuck it in place and sewed at the edge. It provided a nice guide and also stabilized the fabric.

If you use this method make sure you do a test on a scrap to see if the tape is compatible with your fabric.

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abcameo said...
I cut small circles of painter's tape to use to mark darts on black & densely-printed fabric that was semi-sheer. The dots fell off within one minute. I was very disappointed the tape didn't stick. There are a lot of markings needed, and chalk is very difficult to see on this fabric. I had to tailor tack most of it.
9/8/10 9:56 AM
Maripat said...
nice tip
9/8/10 7:52 AM
deesews said...
Pants for Real People's Marta Alto suggests using 1/2 magic tape (hard to find this width--Staples has it) as a guide for zippers in general. It's really great for getting a straight line right where you want it and would have less of a grip on fabric. I don't think it would have the stabilizing effect you are talking about, but it's still handy. Thanks for your idea!
9/8/10 1:01 AM
Barbara3 said...
Another great use for painter's tape. Although I use a 1/4" tape for this same purpose, it seems that painter's tape might be better because it is wider. I'm going to try it.
9/7/10 5:45 PM
lca said...
I have used sticky labels to do this, but I like the idea of painters tape much better (and cheaper). Good idea!
9/7/10 3:04 PM
 
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