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From: smith972
Date: 12-14-2004, 06:40 PM (1 of 8)
I have never made anything out of fleece but am going to make some pj's for my DD for a school question is what do you ladies use to trace the lines and etc onto fleece...


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From: HeatherL
Date: 12-16-2004, 08:20 AM (2 of 8)
I have found it nearly impossible to transfer lines onto fleece. What I do instead is hand-baste a stitch or two through any marking points (like circles on sleeves and collars) in a wildly contrasting thread so it shows up. For example, when I made my stepson's black fleece robe, it had hot pink loops of thread through the pertinent marking points.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-16-2004, 11:05 AM (3 of 8)
Sounds like a good place to use 'tailor's tacks'.. Do pattern sheets still show how to make those?? We had to learn how to do them back in the dark ages when I took Home Ec and learned to sew.. (was that really 49??) Anyway, they used to be on the pattern sheet, right before the cutting layouts..As I remember, you threaded a sewing needle with a thread and knotted the two ends together.. (stronger than single strand) Then take two or three stitches thru fabric where there are any markings on pattern piece.. Stitch on the fabric thru both layers, leaving 3 or more inches of thread loose in each stitch.. Then carefully separate the layers of fabric slightly and clip all the threads, making sure you don't pull them out..These will replace any tracings you usually do on fabric.. You have to be really careful and not pull out the threads.. :bg: :bg:
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From: Magot
Date: 12-16-2004, 11:25 AM (4 of 8)
I still use tailors tacks Libby, they are not that ancient! Use them for marking all round blobs for darts , or any of the diamonds that you cut out for sleeve placing, collars etc. Put a stitch in that will be recognised to show which is the right side of the fabric as well - especiallyif you have reversable fleece. I never mark anything with chalk unless I'm designing a change.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 12-16-2004, 11:33 AM (5 of 8)
I haven't used tailor tacks in years. Thanks for the reminder. My great aunt showed me how to do it when I was first learning to sew back in 56.
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From: Magot
Date: 12-16-2004, 11:49 AM (6 of 8)
I'm still frightened by my old sewing teacher - we could use nothing else. I still feel guilty if I sew something without tacking it first.
Bless the woman - lessons were in '68 and I still remember them. some teachers you never forget.
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From: Pudge99
Date: 12-16-2004, 05:14 PM (7 of 8)
OK. I am young. I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Even with Libby's explanation I have no clue.

For marking fleece I often use scotch tape. I just put the markings on the tape and stick it to the fabric. Works for me. :bluewink:
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From: DorothyL
Date: 12-17-2004, 07:03 AM (8 of 8)
I use tailor tacks all the time on several kinds of fabric. Like the rest of you it was that home ec teacher, Mrs. Wilson. Was she still there when you went to Armijo, Chrys? I think it was Chrys that went to Armijo.
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