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Tips & Techniques > Avoiding pattern piece RS/WS confusion

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Posted on: 12/29/10 8:43 PM
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Sharon suggested I post this one: to avoid confusion of RS/WS on fabrics that aren't obvious, or to avoiding turning pieces upside down, I have been using a fabric marker lately to write notes on the WS. My recent back brace, I not only numbered my pieces but gave each side/corner a letter to avoiding flipping them upside down as the notches are centered on straight sides.

So simple ... and it has saved me a significant amount of seamripping the last several projects!

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threadgenie said... (12/27/11 10:26 PM) Reply
I have a method that works for me. I put a straight pin in each piece, always on the wrong side and always at the top of a piece that has a head/toe orientation.
dfr2010 said... (12/30/10 11:56 AM) Reply
dee, my mom scolded me last month for that exact thing. She's fixing a wadder I made/messed up over the summer. Perhaps I should write a new tip just on that subject LOL
deesews said... (12/30/10 10:34 AM) Reply
Sandra Betzina uses blue painter's tape to reduce the risk of residue. Also, I believe that some fabric markers and chalks with "set" if ironed, so we need to be careful.
petro said... (12/30/10 5:17 AM) Reply
writing something sounds good. I usually stick a strip of masking tape to the WS, but now you mention the 'notes' idea, obviously I could write on this tape where pieces are easily confused - like left and right sleeve.
Mufffet said... (12/30/10 1:27 AM) Reply
I have been known to use a chalk to make a mark for the "wrong side" and I also usually mark F for front and B for back on pants pieces as I cut them out - it really helps! :) Good tip - seems obvious, but obviously isn't! :) Thanks!
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