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Posted on: 1/10/03 1:11 PM
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I posted this on another forum and it seemed to help some folks. I use sticky arrows and dots from the office supply store to mark center seam dots, darts, anything that I used to use tailor tacks for. They stick to the fabric while you sew, don't hurt your needle, and you don't have to worry about ink markings coming out. There are such a variety of colored dots and arrows that you can pick one for each kind of mark.

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mlbrow said... (8/16/10 7:36 AM) Reply
That's a good tip! Another option could be to use drafting dots or strips - precut masking tape pieces for hand drafting. They come in a self-dispensing box, a popular brand is Alvin. Available at any art supply store, or even Michael's.
regine said... (9/28/05 2:09 AM) Reply
very good idea
CarrieA said... (10/21/03 11:08 AM) Reply
Hi Anna, don't cut the triangle shape of the notch out...just make a little clip in the fabric to mark the center of the notch. This only works for notches at the edge of your fabric. If it's a mark (like a triangle or circle) inside the pattern, you'll need to mark that with dots, chalk, or tailor tacks. Hope this helps!
ANNELORRIE said... (10/20/03 11:29 PM) Reply
leann thanks fro the tip.. i'll use it ..but i have a ?.. i am just starting with sewing and i brought a pattern and in cutting it out i have come to a single downward notch not to sure how to cut it..can any one help????/
SouthernStitch said... (1/17/03 2:29 PM) Reply
Yes, Avery makes some very small dots in multiple colors that are perfect, not too small not too big. The number is AVE5795. They are quarter inch, round labels.
Geena_Vee said... (1/14/03 7:27 PM) Reply
This is a great idea. I use masking tape all the time to mark my patterns, but it somehow never occurred to me to make things easier with ready-made dots and arrows. I'm thinking that the "please sign here" arrows would work especially well. One should be careful sticking things to the edges of fabrics that ravel easily - when you remove your tape/stickers, the fabric's edge may ravel even more. Geena
Gloria Allender said... (1/11/03 1:39 PM) Reply
This sounds so liberating for someone like me who tailor tacks everything. I will give it a try.
Amanda L said... (1/10/03 11:12 PM) Reply
LeAnn, I also use the stationery dots, and with complicated patterns like those from the Sewing Workshop, I write on the dots. The only problem I've had is sometimes forgetting to remove the dots and sewing them inside my garment!
eleda said... (1/10/03 11:11 PM) Reply
I have been using plain colored dots/rectangles from Wal Mart. I didn't know that one could get them with printed dots & arrows. That would simplify things even more. Thanks for the info. I'll be checking out the office suppy stores.
DeeDee said... (1/10/03 2:50 PM) Reply
I think it is such a wonderful jesture to share tips that help people do their job. Thank you so much. The office supply stores have so much that we can use. I am going to get dots and arrows as soon as I can get out of the house. I want to also state that I read that we can buy heavy, round washers (rings) at the hardware store to use for weights. (I like weights, but they are expensive.) Thanks again!
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