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Date: 8/19/13 7:48 PM

I cut out pattern from teal green lightweight rayon jersey and marked all my dots and circles in a basic blue water soluable marker. Just a few minutes ago when I was removing the fabric tissue from the fabric pieces, I noted that all my marking were gone. This pen is not a disappearing pen, but it seems that the color just seeped into the fabric since they are so close in color. Can anyone recommend something to mark this fabric with? I am attempting to make V1259 which is difficult enough without all my fabric markings disappearing. I had thought about using one of those white chalk pencil markers, but they are so hard to mark with on stretchy fabric. I would appreciate any ideas. Thanks.

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Date: 8/19/13 8:07 PM

Those markers are terrible. Not only do they disappear after a very short time (actually, isn't that a feature? not sure why anybody would want that but I seem to recall it being very common on the markers I was looking at recently), but I've had people tell me stories of the ink reappearing at random on expensive fabrics.

I usually use chalk. As far as stretch, I recently picked up one of those little Chaco-liners and it works very nicely on stretch. It doesn't disappear all the time, either.

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Date: 8/19/13 8:10 PM

I usually use either chalk or Tailor's tacks for marking.

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Date: 8/19/13 8:57 PM

I use the chaco-liners for marking on most of the stretch fabrics I use -- works like a charm.

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Date: 8/19/13 10:33 PM

I recently discovered the chaco liners and bought two and wanted to hog even more of them. They work amazingly well.

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Date: 8/20/13 8:37 AM

Fons and Porter and Dritz both make a marking pencil, with a variety of different color leads that can be used, and they are erasable. I currently have a pink and a white.
I use these and tailor tacks.

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Date: 8/20/13 5:34 PM

Kid's washable markers, a sliver of soap and tailors tacks. Anything like dart points that occur in places that could be visible get tailor tacks.

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Date: 8/20/13 7:59 PM

I second the kids washable fine line markers, love those things for anything that's going to the washing machine and they are cheap and easy to find ( I use the Crayola brand). If it's dark cloth then, back to the Dritz quilting chalk cartridge pencil. Still haven't done 'real' tailor's tacks yet.
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Date: 8/20/13 10:44 PM

Tailor tacks are my fave for marking everything I can't snip on the seam allowance. I use yellow cotton basting thread I bought from Professional Sewing Supply of Seattle. It doesn't slip out as easily as regular thread. No link available, they don't have a website that I can see. You have to call: 206-324-8823.

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Date: 8/20/13 11:27 PM

I appreciate all the great ideas here. My most often used tool for marking fabric is a sharp edged piece of bar soap. Works great on dark colors, not so much on lighter ones.

Love the kids washable Crayola markers idea!

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