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Date: 8/30/13 6:33 PM

What is the easiest and most popular tool to punch alignment holes in garment fabric.

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Date: 8/30/13 8:20 PM

Like pattern notches at the edges? I mark those by clipping into the notch within the seam allowance with scissors. For marks in the middle of the fabric, I usually use a thread that really contrasts and do tailor tacks.

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Date: 8/30/13 9:28 PM

You could use something like a eyelet punch and a hammer and a block of wood. In a seam allowance. But if marking anything that way, with a hole in fabric and later on while sewing it up, you found you actually wanted and needed some of that actual fabric in the seam allowance to make something fit, now you got a hole in it right there instead. I like outward placed and cut notches instead, as then I still have my full seam allowance to work with, in case I find I might actually need some of that fabric later.

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Date: 8/31/13 0:19 AM

You can always mark alignment notches in the seam allownace with a marking pen, pencil, chalk, etc.

You might find the vintage Tack-It Pattern Marker fits the need to transfer marks to places that are not in the seam allowance. This uses sewing tracing paper to transfer the marks. There are quite a few available on eBay.

Other markers that use sewing tracing paper are various tracing wheels, usually with a serrated edge. These types of notions are readily available at most fabric stores and on online.

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Date: 8/31/13 12:35 PM

Not claiming this is superior to anyone's suggestion or will even apply; as they say, your mileage may vary.

In the trade, we use a cloth drill (not a carpentry drill) to cut those alignment holes. But maybe I should back up, we use drill markings very sparingly. Usually to align pockets, mark the ends of darts etc, the hole of which will be sewn over.

When we are cutting a one-off sample or proto, it's not appropriate to use the cloth drill (which is designed to cut through a lot of fabric layers at once) so we use an awl.

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Date: 8/31/13 4:05 PM

Why not just cut them out (outside the seam allowance)? Cutting them inside the seam allowance can cause problems if you have to let the seam out for some reason.

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Date: 8/31/13 4:28 PM

If you are referring to the dots on the pattern, you don't cut those in the fabric.

Make a hole through the dot on the pattern and then use chalk or make tailor' s tacks.

To use chalk, run a pin straight down through the dot and flip the fabric over and mark were the pin has perforated the fabric.

Mark to top layer through the opened dot on the pattern.

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