Sewing Hack

So perhaps I’m late to the party and this sewing hack is already out there, but I can not believe I’ve never seen it before or thought of it before.  It involves darts and I do them in most of my projects.

When I started sewing again, after many many years of not, I purchased transfer paper and one of these wheel gizmos because it’s what I used back in the day in my mom’s sewing room.  It didn’t work as well as I remembered it and I mentioned that to my mom.  She said the paper I picked was too waxy and that was my issue.

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We went fabric shopping in my area, (SLC, Utah).  We visited a store called Tissu Fine Fabrics and Design Gallery (Tissufabrics.com).  My mom asked the ladies there if they carried the transfer paper we were searching for and they mentioned these pens.

They disappear with heat.  I immediately ordered them from Amazon and have been using them instead of the wheel/transfer system but getting the darts transferred onto my fabric was still hard.  I was working on it the other day and it occurred to me to copy the patter and cut out the dart.  I just traced around my make shift dart and it was the easiest and most accurate transfer I’ve ever done.

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I just traced around the dart with the pens on the inside of the fabric.  Sometimes the pen leaves a shadow mark after I iron it away but it doesn’t show.

This is going to be a huge time saver, increase my accuracy and make the whole process so much less aggravating.

So what do you think . . . Is this hack new to you or am I late to the party?  Happy Sewing!

Side note:  Be careful with the pens on areas where the fabric shows.  Always test a scrap.  I use the pens mostly on the inside of fabrics and they can leave light marks.

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