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Posted on: 3/29/04 11:31 PM
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Necessity really is the mother of invention...I realised, while working on my latest project, that I could use a Sharpie (waterproof felt tip marker) to mark the notches on the seam allowances, as they were going to be trimmed off anyway. The heavily ribbed fabric that I was using made all other markings very difficult to see. I wouldn't use this type of marker ordinarily, but for this use it was ideal. I have also used the metallic gel "scrapbooking" markers to mark fabric in the seam allowance, when making up a complex Sewing Workshop pattern with lots of non-intuitive matching of parts. I wrote little letters next to the notches. These markings have neither run nor washed out, and I was able to get a very fine line with these, so the letters were really tiny.

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kmw said... (5/16/04 10:14 AM) Reply
Those are exactly the same the pens I use! Also a ball point bic pen, and a 6b drafting pencil. Couldn't live with out them! The ball point and the gell pens don't soak through the fabric! These are ued for marking cutting lines, and nothing beats a soft pencil for marking circles, squares, hems and notches. I love charcoal for drawing-but it always seamed awkward for me to use it for fabric!
lhstitcher said... (3/30/04 12:49 PM) Reply
Greentiger this is a great tip, I've had some bad luck with 'disappearing' marking pens that didn't! Now only use fine line chalk, but isn't suited for everything. I can't wait to try this on the Sewing Workshop pattern, I used an ink pen on my muslin, so this will be great!
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