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    Senior Member Ramblinrev's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle Feet View Post
    I don't mark seam lines - check the measurement from your machine's needle to the outside left edge of your pressure foot. Most are 1/4", the same width as your seam allowance.

    In other words, just line up the raw edges of the seam you're sewing with the left edge of your pressure foot and - voila - just sew.

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    That's a fine method until you need to do interior lines like the baffles on a quilt or some other kinds of constructions. Then it is really extremely helpful to have the lines marked.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    We have been using this for a while and it seems to work. You can find them at places like Joann Fabrics...usually in the quilter section. The chalk is fairly soft and easy to make a mark without much pressure. We just use the white. When you fill the quilt with white goose down, the marks just about disappear. The marker comes with a lot of white refills and they last a good while. you can even order the refills online.

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    Soap slivers work. Softer soaps work best. Usually the pretty smelling ones are softer and usually pink so you have a contrasting color.

    I bought a sewing machine and the there were lots of little pink soap pieces in the drawer. Some of them work better than others. I don't know what brand or type soap it is.

    I also use pieces of sidewalk chalk because it's all over my garage and there are lots of bright colors.
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    Stormcrow seems to have the right idea and I can not wait to see the pics of what hammock accessory is being made with that fabric. Can you say, take me to funky-town .
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    Found the soapstone at HD. Works pretty good but clunky. Is there a good way to sharpen it? Didn't have time to try last night.

    Jbo

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    I recently purchased a "disappearing Ink Pen" from the local Joanne's. Makes a nice Purple line and completely disappears in a day or so... It's similar to a fine sharpie, I think I paid $5.

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    I use tailor's chalk. White for dark fabrics, blue for light fabrics. Works like a charm.


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    I've used the tailor's pencil on nylon. Works well. It's not like a Sharpie though. I think it is a grease type pencil.

    Poked around EAY's images. Like the tie-out bag you made. I might try that. Thanks.
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    I use tailors chalk from the fabric shop. But as to sharpening soapstone, my metal work remembrance was to use the side of the bench grinder wheel.
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    I've used a silver sharpie. Found at craft stores.

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