There are many different ways to make marks on your fabric. Ideally these will be temporary and easy to remove, so they are not visible on your final garment. Traditional tailoring provides us with lots of lovely marking methods, which are included within this lesson. Understanding the range of methods and products available to you, will allow you to pick and choose which techniques are best suited to your project, the pattern you are working on and the fabric weight, giving you great results every time.
**Please note** There are various modern marking pens, some are said to disappear when heat is applied, others are meant to fade over days. They have mixed reviews and for the prposes of this lesson, the focus is on tried and tested traditional marking techniques, all of which can be reliably used.
The lesson also includes simple pattern pieces so alongside the seam finishes you will naturally start to learn about patterns, pattern marks and how to cut out.
Our lessons uniquely provide you with a finished sample of each technique you are learning so you can clearly see what it is you are trying to achieve, you will have a finished example in your hands. They also provide you with all you need to complete each process several times. By the end of the lesson, you will have your own set of perfect marking samples and you can start building your sewing sample reference library.
You will perfect the following marking processes:
- Tailor's Tacks
- Thread Tracing
- Tailor's Chalk
- Carbon Paper and Tracing Wheel
- Spiked Tracing Wheel and Chalk
- Notches/Darts/Drill Holes
In addition, this lesson includes:
- a completed marked sample for each process
- instruction cards/sample cards for each process
- fabric to practice each technique several times
- pattern pieces for practice
- Gutermann basting thread
- Tailor's chalk
- Tracing Wheel
- Spiked Tracing Wheel
- Dressmaker's Carbon Paper
All you need to have is a pair of scissors, any will do as long as they cut, no need for anything fancy, paper scissors are totally fine!
All the techniques in this lesson can be competed by either hand, no need for any additional machinery or gadgets.
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