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Posted on: 4/9/04 7:13 PM
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In writing a recent review I wrote about working with difficult fabric and marking the darts. I drafted the pattern using PMB thus the pattern was printed on heavy printer paper, not tissue. Instead of then tracing this pattern, I used as it. This can create a problem in using a tracing wheel and marking paper. Especially when your material is rather fine and slippery.

Today I had one of those UREKA! moments and I realized that I should cut out the darts on the printed pattern and then line the pattern up on the fabric and trace the outline of the dart right onto the fabric using a chalk tracing tool. This worked beautifully.

Using a tracing wheel with printer paper makes penetration through the paper and fabric somewhat difficult. I think if you pressed to hard you could harm the fabric. This way you don't have to press as hard as you are tracing the outline of the dart right onto fabric.

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Mother Superior said...
I think tailor's tacking is the most superior marking technique, you can always mark 1cm behind the dart point so even if it marks it's in the dart allowance.
8/12/04 7:54 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Glad I was of help to all.
4/18/04 6:47 AM
PVA said...
Brilliant! Sometimes I'm working with a fabric that I don't want to use that wheely gadget! Thank you, so much.
4/16/04 10:39 AM
Oopsy-Daisy! said...
THANK YOU!
4/14/04 8:45 AM
NanJones said...
Now that I do darts now and struggled with marking, I am extremely grateful for this tip. Will use it often. Thanks
4/13/04 5:07 PM
Danvillegirl said...
MaryT, your welcome. I have been sewing forever and never thought of this!Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks.
4/13/04 2:07 PM
SouthernStitch said...
Wow! I feel so "duh" after reading your wonderful tip. I have struggled with this for a while, so thanks!!
4/12/04 4:25 PM
Danvillegirl said...
Thank you.
4/10/04 4:37 PM
Deepika said...
great tip!
4/10/04 9:23 AM
 
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