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From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 03-17-2005, 08:01 AM (1 of 4)
I want to mark some cutting lines on the srong side of fleece fabric. I've tried the dressmaking pencils, pens, and regular pencils but, as some of you might know, fleece moves as you try to mark it and starts to pill up. I don't want to use one of those wheels with transfer paper because I want accuracy. I've also tried permanent marker but that's too risky because it could bleed to the right side of fabric.

Any suggestions?
User: sewerzzzzzz
Member since: 02-27-2005
Total posts: 81
From: marl
Date: 03-17-2005, 08:38 AM (2 of 4)
Marking on polar fleece can be tricky as it does move and distort your lines. Nancy Cornwell, who has written several books on sewing with polar fleece, recommends using "Clover Chacopel Pencils" because they mark easily and stay put until you are ready to rub them off. I've used a very thin sliver of soap with good success. If you do use a permanent marker try going a very tiny bit away from the line and then cutting inside your marking so that the ink stays on the discard side.
User: marl
Member since: 12-03-2004
Total posts: 16
From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-17-2005, 04:18 PM (3 of 4)
marking cutting lines? Well...I've always just pinned the pattern pieces to the fabric and cut along the cutting line and snipped the notches. There's an occasional "small dot" to mark as a pivot point, but those can be marked by placing two staight pins in an X-formation. If that seems to get in the way while you're sewing, then you could use a needle and thread and just string a small piece of thread through that spot and leave it in place to mark the dot. I pull out the tailor's chalk very infrequently.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 03-19-2005, 07:07 PM (4 of 4)
Sometime I like to make little flower shapes to cut out, they're so small that I like to draw the design on the fabric first otherwise I'd use a pattern pinned to the fleece and just cut out the piece.
User: sewerzzzzzz
Member since: 02-27-2005
Total posts: 81
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