Tuesday, June 9, 2009

How to Transfer Pattern Markings

Every now and then someone askes a question that prompts me to write a quick tutorial. Techniques that are old news to more experienced sewers are sometimes new and valuable bits of sewing knowledge for others.

I was asked for tips on transferring pattern markings to the fabric. There are as many ways to transfer markings (tailors tacking, carbon paper, chalk etc) as there are types of pattern markings and symbols. Here are a couple of them that I use.

For dot markings, button or snap placements etc

On paper patterns I often stick a pin through a dot, lift the paper and...
Using a fabric marker pen or pencil, mark the point where the pin pierces the fabric.

I love my fade-away (air and water soluble) marker pen for its fine, highly visible dot.... that disappears when I'm finished with it! WOW!

More often, I punch a hole through the pattern (remember this gadget?) and draw the dot directly through the pattern, onto the fabric.

For T-notches and slit-notches
I use an Olfa Point Cutter. It rolls forward to make an accurate little snip. You can also use the points of your sharpest scissors (below).
The most important thing to remember with slit notches is to keep them tiny. You only need to snip about a 2-3mm. The notches are there to act as registration marks when you're at the sewing machine - to show where the seam allowances are or where one piece meets another.

You only need to see the snips (or nicks) when you're looking for them. Large snips can endanger the ends of your seams.


Tania said...

I for one am extremely excited to hear any old news you may have to offer! (thanks again)...

Pinktulip said...

Great tips, thanks Nikki! I like tyhe idea of punching a little hole and then marking it through the hole. I always learn something new from you!

Gina said...

Thanks Nikki. Some of the simplest things are so helpful to us 'sewbies'!

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Thanks you, thank you, thank you for all of your tutorials for newbies. They really make a difference to me. You're a star!! xxx

Sherrin said...

I need to get one of those pens! You always seem to find the best gadgets!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I know a bunch of new sewers who would love to know this! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

casserole said...

Thanks for posting this information!! I've always just made it up as I went along when transferring markings. It's good to know the proper ways of transferring markings so that the marks end up on the fabric where they're supposed to be. I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: