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Posted on: 11/10/05 9:04 PM
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I once had buttonholes professionnaly done on a winter wool coat I made. I was surprised to see the man using an old bar of soap instead of the usual chalk to mark the button holes. I went home and tried it and have been using soap since then to mark fabrics.
The idea is to use a bar of soap that has gotten very thin let it dry and just use it as is. I must say it stays more sharp than the chalk , it does not break, does not stain fabric, lasts fortever and brushes of well (although I recommend to do some tests).
It works great for me I have been using that on medium to dark color fabrics.

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Linda Faye said... (8/31/08 11:23 AM) Reply
Excellent tip!
Rhonda in Montreal said... (11/13/07 9:18 PM) Reply
Gosh, France! Can you use a ruler with the soap and mark darts? Merci!!
belle said... (12/31/05 8:08 AM) Reply
Hi this is a good one .You can trim it to a point and it will make a fine line.
Vonnevo said... (11/16/05 7:32 AM) Reply
I have been using the soap markers for a while too. Cussons Imperial Leather soap is my favourite. To make it really thin on the edges or to "sharpen", I run it over the wet shower screen, then leave to dry.
flginny said... (11/11/05 6:51 AM) Reply
This really works. When the sliver of soap gets dull edges, just wash your hands with it once, and they edges are sharp again.
J_J said... (11/11/05 6:19 AM) Reply
I've never heard of this but I've got lots of soap remains that are just the right size to try this. Thanks.
KJill said... (11/11/05 6:06 AM) Reply
Golly, I'd forgotten that one. Years and years ago when I was a kid learning to sew from my mother she did the same thing. I can only say I never realized at the time how clever an idea that was and didn't think to do so myself. Thanks for writing this up!
Astrostitcher said... (11/11/05 0:23 AM) Reply
Love it! Thanks for this nice tip.
Cathy Loves Fabric said... (11/10/05 10:25 PM) Reply
My grandmother used to do this. In this day of Bath and BodyWorks, I don't think we can find a bar of soap in the house, lol.
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